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Many high-chair trays can go straight into the dishwasher; just make sure that the water in the washing cycle gets to at least 160 degrees F. Otherwise, scrub with dishwashing liquid and warm water, rinse well, and then dry. Get gunk out of your chair's crevices with a length of dental floss and a wet wipe or with a cotton swab dipped in a mouthwash containing alcohol. Disinfect the chair every few days by wiping it with hydrogen peroxide (sold at drugstores). This natural disinfectant kills germs but doesn't leave behind a long-lasting residue. --Michele Bender
Copyright©: 2005. Reprinted with permission from the June 2005 issue of Parents magazine. Updated 2009
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