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How to Clean Space Toys

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Itís a fact of life that toys, including space toys, get dirty. They collect dust and grubby fingerprints and saliva and anything else your little cherubs manage to get hold of while they are playing.

The great thing about wooden space toys is that they are natural, safe and non-toxic, meaning you donít have to worry about you kids exploring their toys with their hands as well as their mouths. However, if your kids are still at the mouthing stage, you would want to keep their toys as clean as possible.

Cleaning wooden space toys

In general, the pieces of a wooden space toys are made of unpainted and unvarnished wood. Because wood is naturally absorbent you shouldnít submerge it when you clean it as this can lead to warping or cracking.

However despite the fact that you canít just chuck your woodenspace toys in the dishwasher, cleaning wooden toys is a remarkably simple process. All you need is your chosen cleaning solution and a clean cloth.

3 Easy Steps

Cleaning toys, especially something like a space toy set with so many pieces, can feel like a massive task but once you get your head around it itís actually very simple. Set yourself up with everything you need including a towel to lay clean toys on to dry. You can even get the children to help (provided youíre not using bleach or other chemical cleaners).

Step 1: Brush off any dust and get rid of any obvious bits of food or other dirt.

Step 2: Dampen a clean cloth with your chosen cleaning solution and wipe over the toys. If you are not using a natural cleaner you may wish to wipe again with a clean damp cloth.

Step 3: Let dry completely. If itís a sunny day, the sun will speed up the drying time and add extra cleaning but donít leave in the sun too long as this can have a bleaching effect.

Cleaning solutions

1. Vinegar is a great natural cleaner for wooden or plastic toys, simply dilute with an equal amount of water. If you donít like the smell you can add a couple of drops of essential oils although the smell will dissipate as the toys dry.

2. Cleaning with hot/warm soapy water is another great way to clean toys. Choose a natural non-toxic dish soap and wipe over with a clean damp cloth before leaving toys to dry.

3. Bleach probably wouldnít be the first choice for cleaning toys as you wouldnít want your child to accidentally ingest it. However, if you need a particularly deep clean, for example after an illness, then bleach can be a good option. Dilute 1 part bleach to 10 parts water.

In conclusion, there are easy and friendly steps in which your little oneís space toys can be cleaned. Even the children can help in maintaining the beauty of each piece. You do not need to be an expert. There are also varieties of cleaning materials that help improve the surface of wooden space toys.

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