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The coronavirus, known as COVID-19, is becoming more and more of a concern for mamas everywhere. Experts advise taking extra steps to keep your home free of germs (especially with messy little ones around), not only to prevent illness but also to keep it from spreading if someone is already sick.

Research shows that coronavirus is generally transmitted when an infected person produces respiratory droplets that can affect someone nearby, usually within 6 feet. According to Aubree Gordon, an epidemiologist and associate professor at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health, coronavirus germs can also spread in other ways. "It is also possibly transmitted through indirect transmission, where the virus is deposited on a surface, people touch the surface and then their mouth, nose or eyes."

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For more information about how to protect yourself in public places and at home, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other organizations have published guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Here are some ways to disinfect your home on a daily and weekly basis:

Daily disinfecting routines to prevent the spread of coronavirus:

In the kitchen:

  • Clean and disinfect countertops, sink hardware, cabinet pulls, appliance handles + cutting boards.
  • Use dishcloths you can wash on the hot cycle. Replace towels and dishcloths each day.
  • Clean spills quickly so they don't attract more dirt and bacteria.
  • Empty wastebaskets and take out any garbage daily. Spray trash cans with disinfectant each time.

In the bathroom:

  • Clean and disinfect the bathroom faucet and handles.
  • Empty wastebaskets and disinfect them daily.
  • Spray the toilet and flush handle with disinfectant or sanitizing wipes.
  • Do not use bath towels or wash clothes more than once to prevent the growth of germs and bacteria.

Weekly disinfecting routines to prevent coronavirus:

In the kitchen:

  • Wash kitchen sink strainers in the dishwasher.
  • Remove and hand wash oven and range knobs.
  • Clean and disinfect the kitchen sinks.

In the bathroom:

  • Wash your toothbrush holder and toothbrushes and disinfect them. If they are dishwasher-safe, run them through with your dishes.
  • Clean and disinfect your bathtub and shower, including the shower doors and handles. If you have a shower curtain that is machine washable, throw it in the washer.

Other rooms within your home:

  • Wash bedding in hot water. Limit shaking out your blankets and sheets before washing to minimize the spread of dust and germs.
  • Mop hard-surface floors and vacuum carpets.
  • Disinfect computer keyboards and mice, light switches, cell phones and remote controls. Be sure to turn off the power on any electronics before cleaning or disinfecting.

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Our babies come out as beautiful, soft and natural as can be—shouldn't their clothes follow suit?

Here are nine of our favorite organic kids clothing brands that prove safe fabrics + stylish designs are a natural fit.

Estella

A brick and mortar store in Manhattan that opened in 2002, Estella is NYC's go-to shop for luxury baby gifts—from sweet-as-pie organic clothing to eco-friendly toys.

L'ovedbaby

@lovedbaby

We l'oved this collection from the moment we laid eyes on it. (See what we did there 🤣) Free of things harsh added chemicals, dangerous flame retardants, and harmful dyes, this collection is 100% organic and 100% gorgeous. We especially adore their soft, footed rompers, comfy cotton joggers, and newborn-friendly kimono bodysuits.

Looking to stock up? Don't miss Big-Find Thursday every week on their site—a 24-hour flash sale that happens Thursdays at 9 a.m. PST and features a different body style, collection, and discount every week!

Hanna Andersson

@happyhannas

One of our all-time favorite brands for durability, style, + customer service, Hanna Andersson doesn't disappoint in the organic department, either. From an aww-inducing organic baby layette collection all the way to their iconic pajamas, there are so many organic styles to swoon over from this beloved brand. And we swear their pajamas are magic—they seem to grow with your little one, fitting season after season!

Monica + Andy

@monicaandandy

The fabric you first snuggle your baby in matters. Monica + Andy's (gorgeous) collection is designed for moms and babies by moms with babies, and we love it all because it's made of super-soft GOTS-certified organic cotton that's free of chemicals, lead, and phthalates. Newborn pieces feature thoughtful details like fold-over mittens and feet.

Finn + Emma

@finnandemma

"Here boring designs and toxic chemicals are a thing of the past while modern colors, fresh prints and heirloom quality construction are abundant." We couldn't agree more. Made from 100% organic cotton, eco friendly dyes, and in fair trade settings, we love this modern collection's mix of style + sustainability.

We especially love the Basics Collection, an assortment of incredibly soft, beautiful apparel + accessories including bodysuits, zip footies, pants, hats, and bibs, all available in a gender-neutral color palette that can work together to create multiple outfit combinations. The pieces are perfect for monochrome looks or for mixing with prints for a more modern style.

SoftBaby

@littleaddigrey for @softbaby_clothes

You'll come for SoftBaby's organic fabrics, but you'll stay for their adorable assortment of prints. From woodland foxes to urban pugs, there's no limit to their assortment (meaning you'll even be able to find something for the new mama who's hard to shop for). Plus, the name says it all--these suckers are soft. Get ready for some serious cuddle time.

Gap Baby

@gapkids

Organic may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Gap, but this popular brand actually carries a wide variety of organic (and adorable) baby + toddler clothes. From newborn layette basics to toddler sleepwear—and more—there's something for everyone in this collection. Everything is 100% cotton, super soft + cozy, and perfect for eco-conscious mamas.

Winter Water Factory

@winterwaterfactory

Certified organic cotton with Brooklyn-based swagger? Be still our hearts. Winter Water Factory features screen-printed textiles in bold designs you'll want to show off (get ready for some major Instagram likes). And the husband-and-wife co-founders keep sustainability at the forefront of their brand, meaning you can feel good about your purchase--and what you're putting on your baby.

The company makes everything from kids' clothes to crib sheets (all made in the USA). For even more cuteness, pair their signature rompers with a hat or bonnet.

Under the Nile

@underthenile

Under the Nile has been making organic baby clothes since before it was cool. Seriously, they were the first baby clothing company in the USA to be certified by The Global Organic Textile Standard. They've kept up that legacy of high standards by growing their Egyptian cotton on a biodynamic farm without the use of pesticides or insecticides, and all of their prints are made with metal-free colors and no chemical finishes.

Motherly is your daily #momlife manual; we are here to help you easily find the best, most beautiful products for your life that actually work. We share what we love—and we may receive a commission if you choose to buy. You've got this.

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As schools prepare to reopen, districts in various parts of the country will require students to wear masks to class come fall, making the question even more urgent.

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