Keeping objects and surfaces in child care settings clean
and pathogen free is important for the health of children in care, child care
providers, families and the community.
Recent changes to the concentration of bleach, changes to
testing protocols for EPA bleach registration, and the variety of products
available on the market make it no longer possible to recommend a generic
recipe for mixing bleach solutions for sanitizing and disinfecting. Instead, follow these steps:
the surface and what treatment it needs.
Refer to Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting in Caring for Our Children.
- Be sure to clean surfaces with soap and water
before sanitizing or disinfecting.
- Choose the right product for the job. Products
can be concentrated or pre-mixed, but must meet the Oregon Health Authority
approved criteria below.
- It the product requires mixing, follow the label
instructions and prepare solutions daily.
- Mix and use the products safely, preferably when
children are not present.
- Finally, store all chemicals safely, out of the
reach of children, and in a way that they will not tip and spill.