Cleaning While Pregnant: 6 Tips to Clean Safely When You’re Expecting

Dec / 22 / 2020

Most expectant mothers have one thing on their mind: Staying safe and healthy so they can give their baby the best start in life. If you’re pregnant, you already know to avoid cigarette smoke, alcohol, caffeine, and risky foods like sushi – but what about cleaning products?

Until recently, being pregnant wasn’t considered a barrier to doing basic household chores, as long as they didn’t involve any heavy lifting. As our knowledge of the toxic chemicals in cleaning products increases, however, many moms are questioning the wisdom of cleaning while they’re expecting. Likewise, today’s moms have to balance more commitments than their ancestors did: When you’re already tired from working outside the home, housekeeping can feel exhausting.

For these reasons, many expectant mothers hire professional maids rather than doing housework themselves. Hiring a maid prevents direct exposure to cleaning products and contributes to maintaining a healthy work-life balance, which is crucial for new parents.

For those who do have time to clean during pregnancy, trying the tips below can improve comfort and eliminate unnecessary risks:


  1. Choose green cleaning products.

Certain ingredients in conventional cleaning products, like phthalates and phenols, have been linked to reproductive harm in humans. Some researchers also believe they can cause long-term adverse health effects following exposure in the womb.

To protect your baby, only use cleaning products that contain safe, naturally-derived ingredients. Look for products that are stamped with a Green Seal, USDA Bio-Preferred, or EcoLogo sticker, as these have been certified “green” by a regulatory agency. Alternately, you can make safe cleaning solutions at home using lemon juice, white vinegar, baking soda, and water.

Note that you should keep using green cleaning products after your baby is born, too, because infants are more vulnerable to the effects of chemicals than adults.


  1. If you have a cat, get someone else to empty the litter box.

Cats that go outdoors sometimes pick up a parasite known as Toxoplasma gondii, which can cause toxoplasmosis. While this condition is harmless to most adults, it can cause complications during pregnancy. Fortunately, the only way to pick this parasite up is through direct contact with cat feces, so you don’t have to worry about petting your cat – Just make sure you get someone else to clean his (or her) litter box for you as a precaution. You should also keep your cat indoors while you’re pregnant, if possible, and never feed your pet raw meat. According to the CDC, indoor cats that eat cooked food are very unlikely to transmit toxoplasmosis.

If you can’t get help cleaning your cat’s litter box, you can protect yourself by wearing thick rubber gloves, a face mask, and goggles throughout the cleaning process. When you’re done changing the litter, wash your hands thoroughly in hot, soapy water.


  1. Clean in increments.

It’s normal to experience periods of extreme fatigue when you’re pregnant, especially during the first and third trimesters. If you’re used to doing most of your cleaning on the weekend, you’ll probably have to switch to cleaning in short segments every day to preserve your energy. Getting into the habit of doing a bit of cleaning each day will also help you prepare for after your baby arrives, when you’ll need to work around caring for an infant.

Create a schedule of daily cleaning tasks and research speed-cleaning techniques to make housekeeping as manageable as possible. If you need help with deep cleaning, ask a friend or relative to come by on the weekends or hire a maid.


  1. Be careful when cleaning hard-to-reach places.

Being pregnant can throw off your center of balance because it changes the way your body’s weight is distributed. This puts pregnant women at an increased risk of slips and falls, which can be dangerous for both you and your baby. To minimize this risk while cleaning, avoid standing on chairs, stools, or step-ladders while cleaning hard-to-reach places. Instead, invest in cleaning tools with extendable handles. These tools will allow you to reach the ceiling and the tops of high shelves and cupboards from floor level.


  1. Break laundry down into smaller loads.

A load of laundry can weigh anywhere from seven to 20 pounds. If your doctor has advised you not to do any heavy lifting, you’ll need to modify how you wash your clothes to ensure you don’t strain yourself. Break laundry down into small, light loads, or consider hand-washing a few items at a time if you don’t want to waste water.


  1. Buy a stick or robot vacuum.

Pushing a heavy upright or canister vacuum around the house can aggravate sciatica, a type of painful nerve inflammation frequently seen in pregnant women. If you experience flare-ups of back pain within several hours of vacuuming, try switching to a lighter type of vacuum cleaner – like a stick vacuum – or invest in a robot vacuum.

Note, however, that neither of these options are a good choice for use on thick, deep carpets. If your home has a lot of carpeting or you own pets, you’re better off hiring a professional house cleaner to vacuum and wash your carpets for you. A professional cleaner can get rid of allergens and bacteria in your carpets through the use of hot water extraction technology, leaving your home smelling wonderfully clean and fresh.


Affordable Cleaning Help in Louisville for Expecting Moms

Physical discomfort – particularly back pain – is common during the last few months of pregnancy, even for women who don’t have sciatica. If cleaning has become difficult for you despite using the strategies above, why not give yourself a break and let us take over? Our affordable maids in Louisville, Kentucky can help you keep your home spotless, so you can relax and enjoy your new arrival. Use our convenient online booking form to arrange your first appointment today and spend the day having fun at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest.

What House Cleaning Should be Done Daily?

Dec / 05 / 2020

Cleaning every day is one of the healthiest habits you can adopt. Not only does daily cleaning control germs and allergens, it keeps cleaning manageable by breaking tasks down into smaller chunks. This stops dirt and clutter from piling up to the point where your home feels chaotic, allowing you to enjoy the proven mood and concentration benefits of living in a tidy environment. In fact, research shows that those who clean every day even have improved physical health because they’re more active and motivated.

Of course, for most of us, cleaning the entire house after work each night isn’t realistic or practical. Your daily cleaning routine should therefore be limited to the manageable, high-priority tasks listed below, with deep cleaning occurring on the weekends. Alternately, you can use this schedule to do light maintenance cleaning throughout the week and let our professional house cleaners take care of the rest.


7 Essential Daily Cleaning Tasks­­


  1. Change your hand towels.


Dish towels and bathroom hand towels are hotbeds for bacteria. Even if your small towels don’t look soiled, they could be harboring dangerous bacteria, according to a study by the USDA. Why? Many people touch dish and hand towels immediately after handling raw meat and other potential sources of contamination.


Though you don’t have to launder your small towels every day, you should exchange them for fresh ones every 24-48 hours (depending on how often you use them). When you do launder your towels, make sure to wash them on a high heat setting to kill bacteria.


  1. Speed-clean the shower.


Doing a bit of light shower cleaning every day is a great way to keep stubborn grout stains and soap scum at bay. To quickly clean your shower, keep a spray bottle filled with well-diluted white vinegar, a cleaning sponge, and a squeegee in your bathroom. While you’re waiting for your conditioner to set, mist your shower tiles with the vinegar mixture and scrub them for two minutes with the sponge. After you’ve rinsed your hair and turned off the shower, use the squeegee to wipe away excess moisture.


  1. Wipe down kitchen counters.


You probably wash your cutting boards after each use, but you may not know it’s crucial to clean the rest of the kitchen counter frequently, too. Even if you haven’t prepared meat during the day, counter tops can easily become contaminated with bacteria during normal use. Most of us drop high-touch objects (like keys, purses, and cell phones) on the counter as soon as we return home, for example, effectively transferring outdoor bacteria to the kitchen. Likewise, leftover crumbs can attract pests (and the diseases they carry) if you don’t wipe down your counters at least once a day.


  1. Take care of dirty dishes.


Leaving dirty dishes out overnight is never a good idea. The crumbs and odors they harbor are a magnet for pests, and letting food residues dry out overnight makes dishes much harder to clean. If you don’t have enough dirty dishes for a full dishwasher load, consider washing them by hand instead of leaving them on the counter overnight.


  1. Clean out your kitchen sink.


Have you ever noticed a foul odor or leftover food debris in your sink after washing the dishes? These issues are more than just cosmetic: Whenever moisture, food, and warmth are present in the same environment, bacteria can rapidly proliferate.


To keep your family safe – and keep your kitchen smelling fresh – take ten minutes to clean out the kitchen sink every evening. First, remove food debris with a paper towel and use a magic eraser to buff out stains. When you’re done, fill the sink with hot water and a tablespoon of bleach. Let the mixture sit for five minutes, then drain the sink and polish it dry with a clean microfiber cloth.


  1. Vacuum high-traffic areas.


Most dirt in the home comes from one place: The outdoors. By vacuuming high-traffic areas (like hallways and the living room) once a day, you’ll keep outdoor dirt and allergens from invading the rest of your home. You’ll also protect your carpets from wear and keep the entryways of your home looking clean and welcoming. Just make sure you use the right vacuuming techniques to get the job done; otherwise, the dirt you miss will slowly spread and accumulate.


  1. Sanitize your cell phone.


Cell phones are infamously dirty: In fact, they often contain more bacteria per square inch than the average toilet seat. Mobile phones frequently come into contact with our unwashed hands, our saliva, and a wide variety of surfaces, so they’re essentially the perfect germ carriers. Fortunately, staying safe is as simple as wiping down your phone with an alcohol wipe at least three times per day. For added protection, consider using hand sanitizer before you handle your phone, and avoid absentmindedly placing it on nearby surfaces (keep it in your pocket instead).


Still Finding Cleaning Overwhelming? Our Cleaners Can Help!

Sometimes, cleaning tasks pile up despite our best efforts. If you’re working long hours, or if you’re cleaning as you get older, or you’ve recently had a baby, your schedule probably doesn’t permit even basic daily cleaning – and that’s completely understandable. To keep your home hygienic while you take care of your priorities, we recommend working with our professional cleaners. The maids at Super Cleaning Service Louisville can keep your home fresh, tidy, and manageable, no matter what’s going on in your life. Contact us today to learn more about our flexible, affordable maid services in Kentucky while you instead enjoy your day relaxing at Taylorsville Lake State Park.