Cleaning and Disinfecting

Why is this important?

Infection prevention and control is essential in the child care environment. Young children transmit infections in any group setting by doing what comes naturally to them — mouthing toys, sharing utensils, playing closely, holding hands, drooling and sometimes forgetting to wash their hands.

What actions can we take?

  • Ensure that all cleaning and disinfecting products are inaccessible to children and are properly labeled and stored.
  • Avoid using cleaning and disinfecting products around children.
  • Ensure adequate ventilation when using cleaning and disinfecting products.
  • Avoid using products labeled with hazard symbols whenever possible, while recognizing that such products may be needed to ensure infection prevention and control as per local public health guidelines.
  • Use less-toxic alternatives for all cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting tasks, in consultation with local public health officials.
  • Do not mix cleaning and disinfecting products with other chemicals.
    • Never mix bleach with other cleaning and disinfecting products as this could result in a dangerous chemical reaction.
    • Ensure that this does not happen by posting warning signs and educating staff.