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Keeping Surfaces Clean in Households with Toddlers


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Toddlers are curious, busy little people who like to explore with their hands and mouths.  

To help keep them (and you) healthy, a little cleaning can go a long way.

Anything your toddler or your toddler's food touches should be kept clean.  In most cases, plain soap and water are all you need. 

Antibacterial household products may reduce the spread of germs, but their use is not recommended. They can add to the growth of superbugs – extra-strong bacteria that can't  be treated with antibiotics.Pay special attention to:

  • Food preparation areas and kitchen utensils
  • High chairs, bibs, dishes and cups
  • Strollers, toys
  • Cribs, changing tables, other furniture your toddler touches
  • Garbage containers
  • Pet litter boxes, pet toys, pet beds

You don't have to spend a whole day cleaning.  Here are some tips to make it quick and easy:

  • Keep cleaning supplies in one area - handy but locked away from your toddler.
  • Clean the most important areas first. You may have time to get to other things later.
  • When cleaning up vomit, diarrhea, blood, or pet droppings, use a mixture of one part bleach to nine parts water, and wear rubber gloves.
  • Wash cleaning cloths frequently.
  • Avoid using a dishcloth to wipe your toddler’s face. You could spread germs. Use a clean face cloth.
  • You may find it easier to have paper towels and disposable wipes on hand.
  • If possible, divide up cleaning tasks between members of your household.

Resources & Links:
Health Canada: Mould and Your Health


Last Updated: August 11, 2013