It’s good to keep children’s toys clean. Young children are constantly touching things and putting their hands and objects in their mouths, so they can pick up germs and illnesses easily. You can reduce your child’s chance of catching illnesses by keeping their toys and equipment clean. Here are a few suggestions for cleaning kids toys.
There are two basic steps to cleaning children’s toys and equipment:
That is, scrubbing with soap and warm water. It removes the grease and grime and washes off many germs. You don’t need to use anti-bacterial soap. Regular dish soap is fine. Be sure to rinse well and dry thoroughly. Cleaning baby and toddler toys monthly is a good goal. Be gentle with toys that have decals applied to them to prevent the decals peeling off.
This is done with a sanitizing solution. It kills most of the dangerous germs. But the surface needs to be cleaned before it’s sanitized, since germs can hide in grease and grime. An inexpensive, effective and safe sanitizing solution can be made from 1 Cup Water, 1 Cup Distilled White Vinegar. Mix together equal parts distilled white vinegar and water for a cheap toy cleaning solution. Put it in a spray bottle and just spray a little on a cloth and then wipe down the toys. The vinegar smell goes away completely after it dries and it doesn’t leave any residue on the toys. Vinegar is edible…but you can clean with it too!
- Always use a new sponge/cloth or a sponge/cloth dedicated solely to cleaning off your baby’s toys. Other sponges may have come in contact with chemicals or germs, and washing the toy with that sponge will only transfer these hazardous elements.
- Check the label of any cleaning products, opt for purely natural cleaning products.
- Use cleaning products sparingly to ensure you don’t oversaturate the toy.
- Wash your child’s toys in batches. Unless the child is away from the house, it could leave your baby without any toys until the washing is complete.
- Never use harsh chemicals as a cleaner for any baby toy. Even if you’re following the cleaner’s warning label, a baby’s system is more susceptible than an adults’ and shouldn’t come in contact with any potentially dangerous chemicals.
- Don’t expose rubber toys to boiling or very hot water. It can dissolve or otherwise damage the toy over time.
- Avoid using bleach to clean kids’ toys.
- Always test your cleaning solution on a small area first to check there is no damage.