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How to Clean and Disinfect Baby Toys

How to clean baby toys

Babies love to explore their surroundings using their hands and mouths and itís almost certain that they will put anything they can get their hands on into their mouths. Because of this, cleaning baby toys properly is important.

Cleaning baby toys can keep our babies from contacting germs and disinfecting them after illness to prevent the spread of sickness. Thereís more to cleaning and disinfecting baby toys than meets the eye. Different baby toys should be cleaned in different ways.

Wooden Toys

Cleaning wooden baby toys is easy and simple. Wood has natural antibacterial properties so wooden toys are less likely to harbor germs but still you want to keep them clean as regularly as possible.

Wood is inherently porous which means you canít just soak wooden toys in water and call it a day. You do not want to end up with deformed or swollen toys.

Start cleaning wooden toys by getting rid of any obvious dirt and grime with a soft brush then wipe with a damp lint-free cloth dipped in soapy water. If you are disinfecting, you may want to use diluted white vinegar instead because vinegar is a natural disinfectant. Never use any chemicals that are considered corrosive. Remove any residue with clean dry towel then either air dry or sun dry. If you are sun drying, be careful not to leave toys under the sun for too long.

Plastic & Silicone Toys

Boiling is a popular method of cleaning and disinfecting toys made from hard plastic and silicone. Most manufacturers indicate in the packaging whether you can boil the toy or not. Always check your toysí washing instructions before boiling them. If boiling is allowed, most of the time you only need to boil them for 3-4 minutes.

Some plastic baby toys, especially the ones that are entirely made from plastic, are dishwasher safe which makes them so easy to clean by simply tossing them into your dishwasher. Again, check the washing instructions if your toys are dishwasher safe. Do not toss in toys that are battery operated, have fabric components and non-water resistant into your dishwasher unless otherwise indicated by the manufacturer.

For plastic toys that are battery operated, sanitize it as you would a wooden toy. Use a damp cloth dipped in soapy water then dry using a towel.

You can also use a retired toothbrush, soft steel brush and even toothpick to pry dirt from crevices and hard to reach areas.

Soft Toys

Soft toys made from fabric harbor more germs and bacteria and any other toys so they need to be cleaned regularly. Put those beloved teddy bears and dolls into the washer if allowed per care instructions. However, be careful if the soft toy produces sounds which means itís most likely battery-operated in which case, you can sanitize and wash them by hand using a gentle cleaning soap instead. Scrub with a toothbrush to get rid of any dirt and bacteria.

Read drying instructions if your soft toys can be tumble dried. Otherwise, sun dry which is a great drying method because sunlight can also act as a disinfectant.

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