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Bleach Solutions
  1. Identify: Find out what bleach concentration is in your facility. Refer to the chart below for mixing instructions. Find the % sodium hypochlorite on the bottle. Avoid splashless and scented bleaches.
  2. Clean: Scrub with soap and warm water and rinse. Always clean surfaces to remove visible soil, dirt and contamination before using bleach solution.
  3. Mix: Prepare fresh solutions daily for sanitizing and disinfecting. Mix bleach with cool water. Do not mix liquid bleach with other cleaning products, toilet bowl cleaners or ammonia, which may release hazardous gases into the air.
  4. Sanitize, Disinfect, Special Clean-up: Wet entire surface Leave solution on surface for two minutes Dry with paper towel or air-dry

ALERT - Please recycle posters (English and Spanish) and Info Cards (Spanish only) that are not marked Revised 5/2014. FAQs and English Info Cards are current. If you would like to correct the one printing error on the English poster only, follow these instructions (pdf).


NEW: Bleach Solutions for 8.25%

Regular bleach concentration is now stronger (8.25%)
Read the labels and take the following steps to ensure safety in your child care facility.


Sanitize (100 PPM)

Disinfect (600 PPM)

Special Clean-up (5000 PPM)

CLEAN & SANITIZE AFTER EACH USE:

  • Children’s mouthed toys
  • Food service areas, dishes

CLEAN & DISINFECT AFTER EACH USE:

  • Diaper changing surface

CLEAN & USE AS NEEDED FOR VOMIT AND DIARRHEA:

  • Not for other bodily fluids

SANITIZE DAILY OR WHEN SOILED:

  • Dishcloths, synthetic sponges
  • Common surfaces (other than in bathrooms), floors, mats, tables, countertops and hard surfaces, door knobs, etc.

DISINFECT DAILY OR WHEN SOILED:

  • Bathroom areas

MIX SOLUTION WHEN NEEDED

WEAR GLOVES AND MASKS TO PROTECT YOURSELF

1⁄8 teaspoon bleach/ pint water

3/4 teaspoon bleach/ pint water

2 tablespoon bleach/ pint water

1⁄4 teaspoon bleach/ quart water

1 1/2 teaspoon bleach/ quart water

4 tablespoon bleach/ quart water

1 teaspoon bleach/ gallon water

2 tablespoons bleach/ gallon water

1 cup (8 oz) bleach/ gallon water


Still Using 5.25-6.00% Bleach?

Regular bleach concentration has increased to 8.25%
If you are still using 5.25-6.00%, take the following steps to ensure safety in your child care facility.


Sanitize (100 PPM)

Disinfect (600 PPM)

Special Clean-up (5000 PM)

CLEAN & SANITIZE AFTER EACH USE:

  • Children’s mouthed toys
  • Food service areas, dishes

CLEAN & DISINFECT AFTER EACH USE:

  • Diaper changing surface

CLEAN & USE AS NEEDED FOR VOMIT AND DIARRHEA:

  • Not for other bodily fluids

SANITIZE DAILY OR WHEN SOILED:

  • Dishcloths, synthetic sponges
  • Common surfaces (other than in bathrooms), floors, mats, tables, countertops and hard surfaces, door knobs, etc.

DISINFECT DAILY OR WHEN SOILED:

  • Bathroom areas

MIX SOLUTION WHEN NEEDED

WEAR GLOVES AND MASKS TO PROTECT YOURSELF

1⁄8 teaspoon bleach/ pint water

11⁄4 teaspoon bleach/ pint water

3 tablespoon bleach/ pint water

1⁄4 teaspoon bleach/ quart water

1 tablespoon bleach/ quart water

6 tablespoons bleach/ quart water

1 teaspoon bleach/ gallon water

1⁄4 cup bleach/ gallon water

11⁄2 cup bleach/ gallon water


All materials posted below are current as of 5/2014.