The latest parenting debate circulating on social media concerns none other than bathtubs.
According to some parents, you should clean your tub thoroughly with cleaning solutions before placing them inside to bathe them. However, others claim to have never heard of such a pre-bath ritual and simply throw their children in the bathtub without even asking questions.
So, what is the “right” way to bathe your children? Parents and cleaning experts have their say.
Parents were wondering whether or not you should deep clean the bathtub every time before your kids go to take a bath.
The idea was brought up in a parenting Facebook group and later shared by TikTok user @mama_tiktok_here. In the short video clip, the mother revealed that a parent in the group had raised the question of whether or not parents should wash their bathtubs before placing their children in it for a bath.
The mother admits it’s something she’s never done before putting her kids in the tub to take a bath. “I mean, I’ll do a deep clean a few times a month, but not every night,” she says. “Am I the crazy one? »
Many parents were just as perplexed as the mom in the video, sharing that they don’t typically deep clean their bathtubs each night before bath time.
” Absolutely not. My bathtubs are clean but they definitely aren’t cleaned every night,” one TikTok user shared. “I feel like the chemicals on the surface before bathing will alter the water and make it a 409 bath,” another user pointed out. “If by cleaning she means throwing a few splashes of hot water before getting in the tub, then sure, I’m cleaning her,” another user admitted.
Although others can’t understand not thoroughly clean their bathtub thoroughly before bathing their children.
“I was the mother of five children. I washed the bathtub after each child EVERY NIGHT,” one mother commented. “I can’t imagine all the bacteria that grows and then swims in it,” another user wrote. “Everyone who showers before the kids has their feet in the tub and washes the gunk off their bodies. Why don’t you wash it? » asked another user.
Every family has its own routine and rules when it comes to bath time, but many wonder how safe and sanitary it is to place children in a bathtub without first cleaning it with solutions.
The first thing we need to be aware of is the fact that over time fungus and mold can grow in our bathtubs, given that they are humid environments.
“About 10 percent of the bacteria you find in bathtubs comes from fecal matter and they can dry out in the bathtub ring,” said Jason Tetro, a scientific consultant in microbiology and immunology based in Edmonton, Alta., Wash. Post.
While it’s important to wash your bathtub if your children produce fecal matter (which is very likely from time to time), you won’t get sick from E.coli or another infectious form of bacteria unless “you drink a lot of that fecal matter.” bath water,” according to Tetro.
Even if bacteria is present in the tub when bathing, it will be greatly diluted once the tub is filled with water and will not pose a threat to your children’s health. In fact, you are more likely to get sick from the chemicals you use to to do the housework bathtub, as vapors from chemical-based cleaning products can irritate the skin and lungs.
Instead, it is recommended to clean your tub at least once a week (not once per bath) using products such as baking soda, bleach, and a mixture of water and of vinegar, with an additional teaspoon of lemon juice for flavor.
These products contain no chemicals that can compromise your children’s skin, lungs, and overall health, and are effective in combating the dirt that builds in the bathtub over time.
While it’s always important to stay aware of the cleaning spaces your kids will spend their time bathing in, it’s not a matter of life and death if you miss a week or two of cleaning the tub.
Most parents are simply doing their best to juggle raising their children, their careers, and keeping on top of all the household chores. They shouldn’t be shamed or called disgusting or unsanitary if they don’t deep clean their bathtub every once in a while.
It is more important for children to be clean and healthy than the walls of an inanimate object.
Megan Quinn is a writer at YourTango covering entertainment & news, self, love & relationships.