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Washing and disinfecting toys and surfaces helps reduce the spread
of germs, especially in child care settings or other areas where many children
Have a bin for dirty toys that is out of your child's reach. When a
toy becomes dirty, such as after a child has played with it and put it in his
or her mouth, put it in the bin. If you can't wash the toys right away, set
them aside to wash later.
Scrubbing with soap and water effectively removes germs from
surfaces. This method is recommended for surfaces where chemical disinfectants
are not appropriate, such as some furniture.
When possible, toys and surfaces should also be disinfected.
Dishwashers are a convenient and effective way to disinfect some toys. Chemicals such as ammonia, hydrogen peroxide, and bleach are used to
disinfect surfaces and objects. You can find a wide variety of products with varying ingredients. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's
directions exactly as printed on the label.
Do not mix bleach with other liquids or cleaners because the
mixture can produce a toxic gas. Bleach should be mixed only with water. Keep all chemicals out of reach of children.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - PediatricsSpecialist Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Current as ofJune 9, 2016
Current as of:
June 9, 2016
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics & John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
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