Sanitizing and Disinfecting Flooded Toys

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Toys need to be carefully sanitized after a flooding, some in fact may need to be discarded. (Photo Credits)

Flooding affects everything in a house, including toys. And since children can be oblivious about the dirt, germs, bacteria and viruses that may have been lurking in their toys, their stuff needs all the more cleaning and disinfecting.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has published a guide on protecting children’s health following flooding events. A portion of the flier that they have published included guidelines on the safe handling and treatment of children’s toys. 24hr Water Damage Repair San Diego Ca

“Throw away ALL soft or absorbent toys because it is impossible to clean them and they could harm your child. Throw away ALL baby bottles, nipples, and pacifiers that have come in contact with flood waters or debris.”

Print the EPA flier from here.

Sanitizing Toys and children’s stuff

The Mayo Clinic came up with advice for its readers on how to safely go about cleaning children’s toys, and generally keeping them safe following a flooding incident.

“To keep children safe, don’t allow them to play in or near floodwater, or in areas recently flooded. Also: (1) Make sure your child’s hands are washed frequently, especially before meals. (2) Disinfect toys that may be contaminated by washing them with a solution of 2 ounces of bleach in 1 gallon of water. (3) Discard any soft toys that may be contaminated. Young children may put these items into their mouths.”

Take a look at the rest of the article here.

Cleaning products to use

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services meanwhile shared cleaning solutions that can be used on children’s toys and other surfaced that may need to be disinfected due to exposure to floodwaters.

“It is critical to read and follow the safety instructions on any product you use. Below are important safety guidelines when using sanitizing products: (1) Never mix bleach with ammonia or any other cleaner. This creates toxic gases that are dangerous and can cause serious injury. Ammonia is commonly found in window cleaners. Check the cleaner bottle to see if it contains ammonia. (2) Wear rubber boots, gloves, and eye protection. (3) If using bleach mixtures indoors, open windows and doors to allow fresh air to enter.”

Download the rest of their safety guidelines here.

Children will be safer after a flooding incident when their parents and carers are aware of how to go about cleaning and disinfecting their things.

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