>> Mar 20, 2014
How to Safely Clean Your Baby’s Toys -It’s important that you take the time to properly and safely clean your baby’s toys. Not doing so can cause health problems for your little ones, and you can even end up spreading bacteria around your home, and you definitely don’t want that! Here are some of the best and most efficient ways that you can clean your baby’s toys without using potentially harmful chemical products!
1) Fill a bucket, large bowl or even your bath with warm water. Add washing up liquid and any plastic toys that you might want to clean. Make sure the toys are soaked thoroughly and then use a sponge or cloth to scrub and wipe away any dirt or grime. Rinse each toy thoroughly with clean water and leave to air-dry. Your child’s plastic toys will now be clean and sanitised ready for your children to play with!
2) Did you know that you can wash some plastic toys in your dishwasher? Make sure they have no mechanical components or batteries and simply pop them in with your next wash load! The hot water and cleaning agents will make quick work of your child’s dirty toys and will leave them looking as good as new!
3) Soft toys can usually be washed in your washing machine. Use a light detergent, preferably one that’s suitable for sensitive skin and just wash the toys as you would your clothes. Make sure you check any labels before doing so so that you aren’t going to be destroying any beloved toys!
4) You can also hand wash any soft toys if you aren’t sure about using your washing machine. Fill a bowl or your sink with warm water and a little bit of detergent and wash as you would your clothes for a thorough and safe clean.
5) Some plastic toys can be large and with lots of little places where germs and bacteria can hide. For bigger toys take a sponge, a clean toothbrush and mix together washing up liquid and warm water. Start by wiping down as much as you can with the sponge and cleaner. You can use the toothbrush to scrub away at those hard-to-reach areas. Make sure to rinse away any suds and leave to air-dry.
6) Sometimes you might want to clean your baby’s toys more thoroughly. After your child has been ill, or perhaps when toys are especially dirty, you might want to consider using an antibacterial spray. This is completely safe to do as long as you make sure that the toy is thoroughly rinsed through afterwards. Use either an antibacterial wipe to sanitise toys, or soak a clean cloth or sponge in an antibacterial agent. Clean the toy thoroughly and rinse to ensure there’s no product left behind. To be as thorough as possible, leave the toy to soak in clean water after using the antibacterial product, before removing and leaving it to air dry.
7) Try to get into the habit of regularly cleaning your children’s toys. This doesn’t need to be done on a weekly basis, as it can be good for your child to experience some bacteria. Instead, think about Paddington deep cleaning of toys every month, or whenever you choose to thoroughly cleanse your home. Over-cleaning your child’s toys can cause them to deteriorate faster and no little one wants that, so be careful and aware of how often you’re cleaning them.