Cleaning And Sanitizing Your Daycare

There is no doubt that cleaning and sanitizing your daycare regularly should be a top priority as a provider. Whether it be on the surface of a counter or on a stuffed animal, many germs and viruses are running rampant through daycare and preschools. Follow these easy tips to clean and sanitize your daycare.

Clean Kids = A Clean Daycare

Cleaning and sanitizing your daycare begins with making sure your kids are clean! Regularly washing hands can do wonders to help stop the spread of germs!

Wash Hands Regularly! – The best way to keep your daycare clean is to keep your children clean! Always make them wash their hands before every meal, after using the restroom and after playing outside. This may sound like common sense, but it can be hard to keep track of all those little hands!

Use Hand Sanitizer With Supervision – Keep a bottle of hand sanitizer nearby, that way if you see a child who needs it, you can rub some on their hands.

Have Regular Lice Checks – Check the children for lice about every 2-3 months. Here is a great eHow article on how to check kids for lice yourself.

A Sad Reality – If you have a child in your daycare that you feel has been neglected hygienically, it is recommended you contact child services for the sake of the child, as well as the other children around them.

Cleaning And Sanitizing Daycare Toys

Toys in a daycare facility can usually be the biggest culprit in spreading germs. Sharing is caring, but when it comes to germs, you want to make sure they are all but eliminated when it comes to hard surface and stuffed toys.
Child Playing With Daycare Toys After Cleaning And Sanitizing
Shop For The Right Toys – Find toys that are easy to clean. Avoid stuffed toys that won’t come clean. If you have any fabric toys, make sure they are reversible and easy to wash. Toys with plastic surfaces are easiest to clean.

How Regularly Should You Wash? – It is recommended to lightly clean and sanitize your daycare toys about once every 2 weeks and to do a more focused hand washing about once a month. Not all toys specify whether or not they are dishwasher safe, so use your best judgment.

Keep An Eye On Those Germs – If a child is sick in your daycare, take all of the necessary steps ensure it doesn’t spread. Some solutions include a bleach/water mixture (always used after hours, of course) or a type of Lysol to disinfect toys the child has played with.

Deep Freeze Stuffed Animals – Putting the stuffed animal in a plastic bag, then freezing it for 4 – 5 hours once a week will usually kill any living dust mite or allergen on the toy.

Areas That Require Cleaning And Sanitizing Daily

Any of these areas can be wiped down at the end of each day with a fresh made bleach solution that includes:

Fresh Daily Bleach Solution For Cleaning And Sanitizing Your Daycare

  • 1/4 Cup Of Household Bleach (not industrial strength)
  • One Gallon Of Water

Here is a checklist you can go through when cleaning and sanitizing your daycare at the end of the day.
A Picture Checklist For Cleaning And Sanitizing Your Daycare

  • Wipe down counter tops, floors, door and cabinet handles.
  • Bathroom area and Diaper changing area (recommended cleaning each time a child gets changed)
  • Diaper Pail/Trash Basket
  • All Trays/Seats and High Chairs

Areas That Require Cleaning And Sanitizing Weekly

Here is a checklist you can go through when cleaning and sanitizing your daycare at the end of the week.

  • Wash all baby blankets and linens in hot water with a 1/4 cup of bleach
  • Wash small rugs
  • Dress up clothes
  • Cribs and mattresses
  • Clean the windows

Areas That Require Cleaning And Sanitizing Monthly

Here is a checklist you can go through when cleaning and sanitizing your daycare at the end of the month.

  • Wash large play rug
  • All the toys get disinfected by either washing or wiping down with bleach solution. If they are visibly dirty they should get cleaned right away.

Remember that a clean daycare is a safe daycare! Keep all of these cleaning and sanitizing tips in mind and you will have less allergies and outbreaks in your daycare!