Cleaning Baby Toys: Different Toys, Different Methods
There are so many different types of baby toys! Here is a quick guide to the best way to clean different types of baby toys. Remember that any electronic or battery-operated toy should be cleaned according to the instructions in the manual.
Stuffed animals: If the care label indicates that the toy can be washed, then fabric toys can be washed in a washing machine on a delicate cycle and then dried on a low heat or left to air-dry. The toy’s care label will indicate if the toy is machine washable, but if you are unsure then it’s worth spot cleaning the toy with water and a gentle shampoo or laundry detergent, leaving to air-dry as before.
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 by 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.
Cleaning Baby Toys With Bleach – Is it 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.