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Sanitizing Diaper Pads

By Dr. Laundry March 2, 2012

Q:  I have a question regarding the cleaning and sanitizing of diaper pads in a child care facility.  I have always been taught to clean with soap and water and then use bleach to sanitize.  Can Clorox® Clean-Up® be used for the washing procedure?

A:  You’re correct!  We recommend cleaning a hard surface before sanitizing with a solution of 3/4 cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach per gallon of water.  With Clorox® Clean-Up® those two steps can be combined, except when the surface to be cleaned is heavily soiled.  In that case, the surface should still be pre-cleaned before the sanitizing step.

Also, here’s the sanitizing protocol just in case you need it:


  • Use the Clorox® Clean-Up®spray applicator for sanitizing

  • Spray the product 4-6 inches from the surface until thoroughly wet

  • Let stand 30 seconds

  • Rinse or wipe clean and allow to air dry


I hope this helps!  Do any parents need additional sanitizing advice?