- Pop soft toys in a laundry bag or empty pillowcase before putting in the washing machine.
- Use cleaning products sparingly to ensure you don’t oversaturate the toy.
- Avoid using bleach in an undiluted form to clean kids’ toys.
- Always test your cleaning solution on a small area first to check there is no damage.
If you’ve got young children, you’ll know that one way that babies learn is by putting toys in their mouths – it’s a method that allows them to explore and discover at an age when they still don’t have complete control over their hands. However, kids should not be allowed to put certain things in their mouths, like laundry capsules – check out Persil’s informative article on child safety when using laundry capsules for more advice.
While babies do tend to look very cute nibbling away on the corner of a wooden building block, the act does fill us parents with fear – is it healthy? Will they get germs? Unfortunately, young children can pick up all sorts of nasty bugs because of their immature immune systems, so during this time of discovery it’s important that we learn how to clean soft toys, and help to reduce the risk of illness. Here are three ways of cleaning toys that are very effective and, most importantly, safe.
Clean Soft Toys in the Washing Machine
Cleaning soft toys is very easy and, in most cases, you can let your washing machine do all the hard work – just check the care label to make sure that the toy can safely be popped into the washer. Before washing, always be sure to give the toy a quick check to make sure there’s no loose threads which could snag or unravel during the spin cycle – if there are, secure them and snip them off, and sew up any holes as you’ll have one very angry baby if their favourite toy gets ruined.
It’s always best to use a laundry bag for soft toys to reduce the risk of damage, or alternatively pop the toy into an empty pillowcase for a bit of extra protection, as shown in this video: