Originally Posted by sora
I take my 16mo old baby to a playgroup in a family centre. They use a bleach/water solution to wipe off the tables before and after serving snacks.
The smell is quite strong so I wipe off my baby's area with water again before she sat down. But is it bad to inhale that smell for my little one?
It depends on how strong the solution is and how often your child is exposed to it. Plus the fact that she is so young, her system is still maturing and could be more adversly effected by a strong solution and of course over time.
For me, I absolutely HATE bleach. We use good old fashioned vinegar or hydrogen peroxide, but I do not recommend wiping down her area with vinegar or HP after they just cleaned with the bleach.
This site is selling things, but they give a pretty good rundown on bleach and other commercial products- http://www.parish-supply.com/chemicals_in_closet.htm
My advice- Explain to them your concern for such a stong smell and that such young children tend to put their hands and other things in their mouth more often. Then, ask them what the ratio is/how much water to how much bleach. That could at least give you peace of mind that they are mixing it correctly.