Small plastic toys: Non-battery-operated toys and teethers can usually be washed in the dishwasher on the top rack – they might even have a ‘dishwasher-safe’ icon. To clean by hand, scrub these small plastic toys in warm water with washing up liquid. Rinse the toy thoroughly in warm water and leave to air-dry.
Large plastic toys: Non-battery-operated large plastic toys will need to be washed by hand with a clean sponge and warm water and washing up liquid. Rinse thoroughly and leave to air-dry.
Wooden toys: Disinfectant or baby wipes will easily clean most wooden toys. To sanitise the toy, spray a mild solution of white vinegar and water and dry off quickly and thoroughly to avoid excess moisture which could stain the toy.
Bath toys: Bath toys can quickly grow mould, so be careful to squeeze out any residual water after every bath time. For a more thorough clean, soak in a solution of diluted bleach and water for 5 minutes, rinse in cold water and drain thoroughly.
Barbies and other dolls: The different materials used in dolls means you will have to use a few different cleaning methods. Plastic limbs can be cleaned with washing up liquid, whereas soft, fabric bodies can be cleaned with water and a gentle shampoo and left to air-dry. The hair on dolls can quickly become sticky and tangled, but washing it as you would human hair (a small blob of baby shampoo with warm water) will work to bring the former flowing locks back to life.
How Do I Clean Baby Toys: Frequency And Products
Most baby toys should be cleaned on a day-to-day basis. Use soap and water or a standard disinfectant or baby wipe to carefully wipe off any grease or grime and the majority of germs will be removed as you clean.
Every now and again, you may want to give baby toys a more thorough clean - especially if they have been ill, playing with friends, or just have a tendency to put toys in their mouth. To sanitise your baby’s toys you will need a sanitising solution - you can try diluting bleach such as Domestos Extended Germ Kill Bleach in water for this. Always wear gloves and carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Not sure if cleaning baby toys with bleach is safe? Bleach is an effective method of killing germs, and, if used properly, is safe for you to use on different surfaces or materials – just follow the instructions on the label (especially if using a product that needs to be diluted) and test it on a small area first.
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