The germs crawl in, the germs crawl out...
February 11, 2009 9:44 AM Subscribe
Kid's due this spring, and we've amassed huge piles of used baby gear. What are some safe disinfecting procedures that will reliably rid all this stuff of any lurking mold, bacteria AND viruses?
posted by Bardolph to home & garden (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm not a germophobe or anything, and I understand and believe the hygiene hypothesis
-- but with all the stuff in the news recently about what happens When Microbes Attack (black mold! obesity viruses
!), I'd at least like the kiddie to start out with a blank slate, flora-wise, instead of Freecycle's Best premium microorganism assortment. Criteria for disinfection procedures: must be
- ultimately baby-safe (so, not necessarily completely natural or nontoxic, but should be rinsable or removable to leave a safe end product)
- as un-damaging as possible to the stuff itself (won't be easy with fabric cushioning/other mixed-material stuff, I know), and unlikely to break down plastics to yield toxic byproducts
- effective against molds, bacteria, viruses, and (ideally) bacterial spores.
My current idea is to start by dousing everything with a mild bleach solution to clear the field, then follow up with Dr. Bronner's Tea Tree Soap and lots of baking in the sun to remove residual chlorine. I was also considering just using lots and lots of 95% ethanol, but wasn't sure whether it'd do much against viruses and molds. Would love to hear critiques and/or better suggestions for how to accomplish this!