A Quick Guide to Disinfecting Your Kids’ Toys

It doesn’t take too long for the toys to get gross and dirty. Remember, we are talking about our kid’s prized possessions, so it’s imperative to keep them clean and disinfected. So, here’s a quick guide on disinfecting your kid’s toys.

Washing Machine

Yes, washing machine can do the trick over here. Simply throw the toys in the machine and add 1/2 cup of vinegar along with the regular washing powder. Set the machine to run on the hot water cycle. Bingo! The toys will come out clean and disinfected.

You can air-dry or sun-dry them. All the dust will be taken care off, and the bugs will die a premature death as well. Of course, washing machine wash is not suitable for all toys. So, do check the laundering instructions on the product label.

Hand Wash

Some toys may not fit in the washing machine or they might lose their shape, or may be deemed unfit for a machine wash. If the product labels states, ‘hand wash only,’ be ready for some labor work to disinfect the toys.

Take one gallon of clean water and mix 1/4 cup of household bleach in it. Then, use a clean cloth or brush to scrub the outside of the stuffed toys. Finally, allow the toys to dry completely before the kids use them again. Do not clean metal toys with bleach because the chemical reaction can damage the toy.

Wooden Toys

Wooden toys will require some extra TLC because we cannot expose them to water. Exposure to water can cause them to rot, swell, or shrink. So, they cannot be hand washed or machine washed with clean water.

Your best bet would be to clean them with a damp cloth, and then quickly wipe them off with a dry cloth. Alternatively, one can use also use alcohol wipes to clean them.

Hard Plastic toys

Not many people out there are aware of the fact that Tea Tree oil can be used to clean hard plastic toys. Tea Tree oil has essential disinfectant properties. Simply take a gallon of warm water and add about 8-10 drops of oil. Mix the toys in this mixture and clean it afterwards with a nice cloth.

Instead of dipping the toys in the mixture, you can also spray the toys with the solution and wipe it off with a clean cloth. As a precautionary measure, make sure to use diluted Tea Tree oil because undiluted ones can cause skin issues.

Dishwasher cleaning

Dishwasher cleaning is recommended only for those toys that are made from 100% silicone. Plastic toys can deteriorate over a period of time if they are frequently dish washed. It’s advisable to check the toy’s packaging to see if the manufacturer states that the toy is dishwasher safe or not.

Important Tips

Unplug any electronic toy before cleaning them. Always make it a point to remove all the batteries before cleaning the toys that are battery operated. Also, it’s imperative that you throw away leaking batteries. Moreover, try to use chemical free products for cleaning so that there are no footprints left on the toys that can pose health issues down the road.

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