How to Clean and Sanitize Your Child Care Center Without Using Toxic Chemicals


With kids who are prone to putting everything in their mouths, it is easy to understand why it is so important to keep your child care center clean. The presence of small children is also a reason to avoid some of the harsh cleaners that people might typically use for cleaning. Natural cleaners may have a reputation for not being as good at getting the job done as others, but they are actually quite effective. Here are some tips for cleaning your child care center without using toxic chemicals.

Your Cleaning Arsenal

With three basic ingredients and water, you can clean just about anything you have. Baking soda works well for cleaning because it creates a mild abrasive that won’t scratch things; vinegar disinfects and helps remove soap scum; and mild dish soap breaks down grease and also helps break down stubborn stains.

For everyday cleaning, mix vinegar and water in a 1:1 mixture. If you don’t like the smell of vinegar, use less vinegar or add a dash of lemon juice or essential oil. Mix baking soda with water to make a paste when you need some heavy-duty cleaning, using dish soap in place of water makes it stronger. 

Regular Cleaning is Key

The most important thing to remember about cleaning is how important it is to clean everything on a regular basis. It is often the times when dirt and grime build up that you’ll be tempted to turn to the harsh chemicals. By cleaning every day, you won’t need those chemicals. Make a daily task list so that you don’t forget anything. This could include dusting, wiping down tables, vacuuming, spot cleaning fingerprints on the walls, and cleaning the bathrooms.

Turning to All-Natural Products

If you want fewer chemicals but don’t want the hassle of mixing your own cleaning supplies, turn to the all-natural products in the stores. These are an effective to clean and sanitize with less pre-work. Don’t rely on product labels alone, though. Words like “all-natural” may not mean much. is a great resource for checking out how safe various products are.

Don’t Forget the Toys

The shared toys can be covered with germs and bacteria so you need to sanitize them as often as possible. One way to get the job done is to throw small toys like plastic foods into a laundry bag, then put them on the top rack of the dishwasher.

Keeping your child care center clean is an essential part of maintaining a quality center, but you shouldn’t feel pressured to use potentially harmful chemicals. By using natural products and a little elbow grease, you will be able to keep the place sparkling clean with with no hazardous chemicals.