How to Clean and Disinfect Children’s and Babies’ Toys

Toys are an essential part of every child’s development, but they can be a source of infection for your little ones. But luckily, it’s possible to clean them at home, you just have to follow the rules according to the material they’re made of. It’s recommended that you perform these cleanings weekly.

5-Minute Crafts is showing you how to clean and disinfect these beloved toys.

1. How to clean plastic toys

What you’ll need:

  • A toothbrush
  • 1 squirt of liquid soap
  • Hot water

Instructions

  1. Fill the sink with warm water and add a squirt of liquid soap.
  2. Using a cloth or a toothbrush that you no longer need, clean every toy.
  3. Rinse with cold water.

2. How to disinfect plastic toys

  1. Add 4 tablespoons of bleach per liter of water in a bucket.
  2. Immerse the toys for 10 minutes.
  3. Rinse with cold water.

3. How to clean wooden or metal toys

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cloths
  • Water
  • 1 splash of white vinegar

Instructions

  1. Prepare a solution of one part vinegar to 10 parts water.
  2. Dampen a cloth rag in the solution to clean the surface of the toys.
  3. Wipe dry with a clean cloth.
  4. Place in the sun to remove any traces of moisture.

4. How to disinfect wooden or metal toys

  1. Make a vinegar and water solution in a jar, and add equal parts of both ingredients.
  2. Soak the toys for 1 minute.
  3. Clean them with a sponge.
  4. Let them dry in the sun very well, as humidity can damage them.

5. How to clean and disinfect cloth or stuffed toys

What you’ll need:

  • 50 ml of liquid detergent without colorant or perfume
  • 1 tablespoon of your preferred stain remover
  • 1 pillowcase
  • Hot water
  • A washing machine

Instructions

  1. Fill the washing machine with hot water, then add detergent and a tablespoon of stain remover.
  2. Separate the stuffed animals by color and put them inside the pillowcase.
  3. Choose the delicate wash cycle option and fill the washing machine with warm water.
  4. Put them in the dryer, while still inside the cover. At 131°F (55°C), you can consider them disinfected.

Bonus: when not to use the washing machine

  • If the toy contains a musical box that would be damaged if it came into contact with water
  • If the toy is very old or in poor condition
  • When it contains elements that can be damaged, such as sequins
  • When it’s stuffed with any material other than polyester
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