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Car Seat Cleaning & Safety: Hidden Dangers Should Prompt Car Seat Cleaning More Often

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Car Seat Cleaning Is Critical To Your Child’s Health And Safety.

At Germz Be Gone we take car seat cleaning seriously since the cleanliness of your child’s car seat lends directly to its safety in two important ways: infection risk and reduced functionality. 

Infection Risk. A dirty car seat carries a lot of germs your child tracks all over the place. Imagine the harmful germs your child picks up and carries from the park, school, stores, sports, etc. From any of those places, you place your child in their car seat repeatedly and, if you’re like most parents, you don’t clean and sanitize their seat each time they come out of it. With the combination of the desert heat, food crumbs, sweat, and spilled milk, conditions are ideal for the harmful germs to thrive and multiply, out number the good protective microorganisms, and eventually get your child sick.

What’s The Big Deal? Harmful germs can affect your child’s health in the following ways.

  • Skin infection from staph.
  • Vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps from infectious e.coli or salmonella
  • Lingering colds and other illnesses from germs still living in the seat.
  • Allergies from mites and fungi (molds).

Each of the above can lead to health issues, missed opportunities for your child, and missed work for you the parent​.

Easy, Quick Sanitizing. As a busy parent, you may not have time for a full fledged detailing and sanitizing every day. So what Germz Be Gone recommends as an affordable solution is to make a small spray bottle of good old vinegar (6% acid if you can find it). Set the spray bottle on mist, and each time you take your child out of her car seat, quickly mist the car seat’s buckles, straps, and fabric. The smell will go away after a few minutes (usually before you get back in the car) and the vinegar will kill most germs without harmful side effects.

When it’s time for a thorough car seat cleaning, detailing and sanitizing, call Germz Be Gone.

Reduced Functionality. Food crumbs and sticky substances often fall into areas you don’t normally see, but are critical to the safety​ of the car seat. Things like gears and clasps can get stuck or not snap together completely. If this happens, your child’s safety is at extreme risk if in an accidental or sudden stop situation. Your child can be thrown from his car seat and tossed about the cabin or ejected from the vehicle itself.

Always do a quick check of your child’s straps and buckles by giving them a firm tug. Also be sure to check for and remove debris or other items that may find their way into gears, buttons, and release/locking mechanisms.

Remember:

  • Keep your child’s car seat clean and sanitized to reduce germs and her chances of getting sick.
  • Check for and remove debris from gears, buttons, clasps, release/locking mechanisms.
  • Perform a quick safety check each time you place your child in his car seat.

More information can be found at germzbegone.com or safekidsclarkcounty.org.

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Crop Dusting Has Consequences

Crop dusting may have serious health consequences.

Recently, I’ve been reflecting on my youth and some of the best laughs I’ve had. When I was kid, fart jokes and your mama snaps tended to be entertainment in between playing Nintendo and trading sports cards. (“Your mama jokes” were especially popular after In Living Color aired their hilarious segments). However, if someone’s fart joke included a wise and humorous metaphor it could rival the hottest rap line du jour and send friends into a laughing frenzy. So when I recalled this question from my youth, I had to google it (since the Internet is now available).

First off, kudos to the researchers for posing the question and seeking the answer. The post begins with a video at airport security of a traveler ripping one in front of an infrared camera. If you want a good laugh, after watching the video, read the comments at the bottom of the same post: “Do Farts Carry Germs?…

While there may be quite a bit of humor in the topic, it is a serious question and the answer may surprise you. The experiment found that a fart carries germs if the flatulator is naked, but may not if wearing clothes.

It turns out, the clothes act as some kind of filter that only lets the gas escape. Logically then, at the same time, whatever material is the acting filter will certainly get germy.

Inside consequences.

However, take a moment to consider germs on the outside of your pants at the moment you let one go. It is possible your flatulate–while maybe only gas–can sends those germs airborne, potentially harming and infecting those around you. I postulate that the potential may increase if located indoors, while if the flatulator and their party are outside, UV rays may keep the breathable air sanitized.

I’m not suggesting you don’t relieve yourself when you need to, just consider the science when you do. Stepping outside for a moment could prevent biological warfare.

What are some of your favorite jokes when you were a kid? Please share.

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Child Car Seat Cleaning: From a Child’s Perspective

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I’ve always looked at child car seat cleaning through the lens of a concerned parent. However, as my four-year old daughter was recently curious as to what I was doing on the computer as I edited some video, I decided to ask her a few questions about child car seat cleaning and how she feels about it. Her answers to my questions were pretty considerate and went as follows:

  • Q: How do you feel when you get in a clean child car seat?
    • A: Comfortable.
  • Q: Why do you feel comfortable?
    • A: Because it’s fresh and clean.
  • Q: What does a fresh car seat mean to you?
    • A: It looks better. It’s shiny (we just recently saw Disney’s Moana, so decided to add the flare of the giant crab from the film when saying “shiny”).
  • Q: What does a clean car seat mean to you?
    • A: It doesn’t smell like a dirty child car seat.
  • Q: If you were selling car seat cleaning services to one of your friends what would you tell them?
    • A: Get in a clean car seat.
  • Q: What could they do while their car seat is being cleaned?
    • A: Do something else, like play at a park on the playground.
  • Q: What coul…..

…And she goes back to playing with her younger sister (I was surprised I had her attention for as long as I did). She brings up some valid selling points though.

A child can tell when their environment could use some sprucing up. If they could clean child car seats themselves, they probably would. Parents are busy with work, school, arts, sports, social life, etc. to worry about cleaning. I get it. However, Germz Be Gone is here to help keep you and your child on the go in a clean child car seat for health benefits we don’t normally think of like: reducing the risk of infection, decreasing the amount of germs tracked into the household and even psychological benefits from operating in a clean environment.

The benefits of child car seat cleaning are plentiful. Put your child in a clean car seat like my daughter said.

 

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Baby Car Seat Protection: How Are Probiotics Used?

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Ever heard of probiotics to clean, sanitize and protect?

That’s ok, most people haven’t. Let us give you a quick rundown.

Some harmful microorganisms, like e. coli and staph bacteria, can develop a “biofilm.” Biofilm is a sticky, hard layer of secretions, which germs create in order to build a barrier where an organized colony of germs thrive. Inside this biofilm, germs pass nutrients to one another and transport waste outside of their little community. Since the biofilm is relatively hard and several layers deep, most chemical disinfectants (including bleach or Lysol) are not able to penetrate it in order to kill any of the germs below the surface. Therefore, after a disinfectant is applied and evaporates, what’s left are dead microorganisms to act as food for the community of germs that was untouched by that same chemical. Those germs then begin to feast and thrive, adapt, and eventually become resistant to chemical disinfectants or antibiotics–the creation of a super germ has begun. (Imagine what’s thriving in your baby car seat right now). However, we have an answer for this.

Our unique process applies high-temperature steam vapor to the surface which penetrates and destroys germs and biofilm while cleaning very effectively. Then, for additional protection, we add a layer of probiotic bacteria to the surface through a super-fine mist.

That’s right! Like probiotics in yogurt or dietary supplements for stomach and immune health, similar probiotics help sanitize and make your environment healthier at the microscopic level in several ways:

  • overcrowding a surface so germs can’t settle and thrive
  • “quorum sensing” telling germs to stop replicating or be destroyed
  • consuming the food sources germs would normally eat like dead skin cells, micronutrients in sweat, old food, etc.
  • breaking down biofilm and destroying odors at their source

What’s more, the probiotic bacteria keep working and sanitizing for several days. So when you pick up your child from school and place them in the car seat, those same probiotics are still sanitizing the seat so less germs survive and transfer between points of interest.

Our goal is to keep your child’s micro environment clean and sanitized so they can enjoy the fun things in life rather than battling infection.

Probiotic cleaners are already used for room preparation in leading-edge hospitals, air filtration systems in hotels, and used for sanitizing equipment in food processing plants, and other high risk areas where infection control is critical. Well, we believe infection control is absolutely critical when it comes to your child’s micro environment.