Using Bleach for Disinfecting
Sanitizing and the use of bleach from Olmsted County licensing:
The key is that the bleach solution or bleach cleaning product must contain bleach at a concentration that is required in Rule 9502.0435 Subp13 (d) – 2 teaspoons of chlorine bleach to one quart of water. That mixture equals 1% so any product with that concentration or higher is acceptable. When making your own mixture it must be made daily.
Clorox Clean-Up with bleach is acceptable (see photo). Do not confuse this with Clorox Anytime, as that is not acceptable.
Wal- Mart has a Great Value brand cleaner (Multi-Surface Cleaner with Bleach) that also meets the requirements of the rule.
The store bought mixes noted here have stabilizers in them that allow them to be used until the bottle is empty.
Although wipes kill 99% of germs, they do not kill norovirus or rotavirus and for this reason do not meet licensing requirements.
Bleach Germicidal Wipes are also approved for use in Olmsted County and can be found for purchase on line at amazon.com
Commonly found Lysol or Clorox wipes do not meet the Rule 2 standard and are not approved for use .
Use of LYSOL brand disinfecting wipes approved
Olmsted County Licensing has received information from the Lysol Company verifying that their Lysol Disinfecting Wipes meet the requirements for cleaning the diaper changing surface. According to the company, “this product is an EPA registered disinfectant, it does not contain tricoslan, and as stated on the label, when used in accordance with label directions, it disinfects in 10 minutes.”
PLEASE NOTE: the disinfectant time is 10 minutes, meaning that 10 minutes after wiping your diaper changing surface, the surface will be properly disinfected.
Using a Bleach Alternative for Disinfecting
FCCI does not endorse a specific alternate to bleach product. Products are listed as a resource for providers who would like to use an alternate to bleach for disinfection in the diapering area. Other product are available on the market. It is the providers responsibility to research products and verify use with licensing.