Dirty toys and surfaces

Problem: Spread of germs and sickness


Follow a regular schedule of cleaning and sanitizing dirty or contaminated surfaces including high-chair trays, tabletops, diaper changing surfaces, and potty chairs.

Three steps to sanitizing dirty toys and surfaces:

  1. Clean dirty toys and surfaces with detergent and water
  2. Spray them with a household bleach solution made up of 16-20 ml of bleach to 1 liter of water (1 tablespoon bleach per quart of water), made fresh daily – see below.
  3. Allow them to air dry, or be sure the bleach is in contact with all surfaces for at least 2 minutes before you dry the surfaces.

Hard toys:

  • Clean hard toys that children have mouthed in the dishwasher or by the same method described above for dirty toys and surfaces.

Soft toys:

  • If you have cloth toys be sure that they are machine washable.

Making your own bleach solution:

  1. Add 16-20 milliliters of bleach to 1 liter of water (1 tablespoon bleach per quart of water).
  2. Pour the solution into a spray bottle and dispense it by spraying it on surfaces and objects.
  3. Make a fresh batch of bleach solution each day, since the bleach solution is the minimum acceptable concentration to do the job and evaporation of the bleach across the course of a day makes the solution too dilute on the next day.
  4. Store it out of children’s reach.

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