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How to Clean a Toy Kitchen

After several play sessions, it’s guaranteed that your child’s toys are now grimy and covered with germs. Play kitchens are often kept on display so they get dusty too.

wooden toy kitchen

Cleaning your child’s toy kitchen

Wooden toy kitchens are more than just toys. They are great early learning tools that provide loads of learning opportunities to children. As part of the learning process, children imitate or mimic what they see their parents do like meal prep and cooking. They do these actions with their toys. Cleaning up after playing is also something you could teach your kids at an early age.

A play kitchen usually comes with plenty of accessories and play foods that get grubby. Some could be a big item to clean but it shouldn’t be an impossible task especially if you keep it clean with a quick wipe down on a regular basis. Cleaning them every now and then will help keep everything sparkling.

Most wooden play kitchens are made from wooden materials which are known for their natural antibacterial properties. You don’t need to worry about cleaning them too often. They’re easy to clean with soapy water and a damp cloth.

Getting your kids involved

Making cleaning toy kitchens a bonding and teachable moment for you and your child. Get her involved by giving him a clean cloth and showing her how to wipe down the surfaces of her play kitchen. The corners could be hard to reach but showing her how to get into it and cleaning behind the taps should be fun for both of you. Her little kitchen should be dust free and dirt free in no time.

Vinegar as a natural cleaning agent

One way to achieve a deeper clean is to mix vinegar with water. Vinegar is also known for its natural antibacterial properties making it the perfect cleaning solution for your child’s wooden toy kitchen, or any wooden toys for that matter.

Dampen a clean cloth with the vinegar solution or use a spray bottle and spray the surfaces with the solution. Wipe the surface and get into all the corners and crevices. Wooden food and utensils, including the cupboards will be clean in no time. A wipe over will remove any dirt and get rid of germs.

Afterward, use another damp cloth for a second wipe to get rid of any vinegar and remove any residue. Air dry or leave to dry under the sun. The smell of vinegar won’t stick and will dissipate within a few minutes.

Steam Cleaning

Steam cleaners are great cleaning tools so if you got one at home, you could use it to clean your child’s play kitchen and its accessories. No need to add chemicals as the steam alone is more than enough to kill germs and bacteria. The steam cleanses and sanitises at the same time. You can use it to clean soft and plastic toys too!

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