Even before Little Mr was born, I was a fan of the humble blanket. There’s nothing more comforting than on a chilly day to wrap yourself in your favourite blanket and cosy up with a film on the television. Since Little Mr has arrived, it’s been inevitable that he has a sizeable blanket collection; hand crocheted blankets from his Grandparents, a red one, a blue one with stars on, a stripey multi-coloured one and they’re just the ones we use on a daily basis.
When Dettol got in touch to let me know about their latest campaign, I was sold. Dettol have launched their Baby Blanket Donation campaign and are encouraging Mums all over the UK to “keep the memories, not the bacteria”. According to Dettol, “every minute of every day, approximately 50 babies are born into poverty and will experience conditions lacking basic essentials including hygienically clean blankets.” How heartbreaking is that statistic? I can’t imagine bringing a new baby into the world and wrapping them in a dirty blanket full of germs. Dettol have commissioned laboratory tests on washed blankets donated by a group of volunteer Mums and results are shocking. Even after a 40c°wash, a third of the blanket were shown to be a breading ground for coliforms (a group of bacteria linked to faeces). I’m shocked and all our blankets will be going in the wash with Dettol Anti-bacterial Laundry Cleanser on a regular basis.
Celebrity Mum Rachel Stevens is on board with the campaign and has already donated the first blanket. Donations can be made via Freepost and once collected, the blankets will be hygienically washed with Dettol Anti-bacterial Laundry Cleanser before they are then given to families in need. For every blanker collected, Dettol Anti-bacterial Laundry Cleanser will donate £1 to Sparks, to raise money for UK families who are living with serious illness and disability.
For more information on the campaign please visit the Dettol website
Disclaimer: I have been sent a bottle of Dettol Anti-bacterial Laundry Cleanser to give our blankets a much needed wash and I’ll be popping a blanket in the post to help families who need them more than we do. Would love you to do the same.