Toys are your baby’s best companion. In fact, babies take their toys to be their friends. They not only want to play with them but also take them everywhere they go even to their bed. As every mum out there might be aware, babies and toddlers alike put their toys in to their mouths and are less concerned whether the toy has been rolling on the floor and might be covered with lots of germs. This is why you should always ensure that your baby’s toys are always clean as these germs might lead to illnesses like flu and nor virus. Cleaning your baby’s toys depends on the type of the toy and here are some tips on how you can clean your baby’s toys.
Cleaning plush toys
Plush toys can be made of clothe like materials and can be cleaned in several ways. Before embarking on cleaning a plush toy, read the manufacturer’s label first that is attached to the toy. Check whether it has specific instructions in regard to washing the toy. Some labels indicate whether the toy is machine washable or not or the specific type of cleaner that should be used.
If your baby’s plush toy comes with no label, you might want to visit Google; the instructions may be available online. You can also contact the manufacturer for cleaning instructions.
Unless otherwise indicated, wash plush toys using a washing machine especially if made using cotton or polyester blends. Use your regular clothing or gentle cycle or have a load of pure plush toys. If your baby’s plush toy is very dirty or soiled, use a little baking soda prior to putting it in the machine. Adding a cap full of vinegar when rinsing the toys will make it look sparkling clean and ten you can use the dryer to dry them. You can use a pillow case when using a dryer to protect the toy from the hot dryer.
Clean wool toys by hand
Unless otherwise indicated, wool toys should not be cleaned using a washing machine. To clean these types of toys, try spot cleaning the spots. Use a mild soap and a wet cloth or towel and allow the toy to air dry. If your baby’s wool toys are extremely dirty, you can wash them in your bathtub using wool soap. Do not use your dry machine to dry wool toys as this would lead to their damage. Instead, use the sun or air dry the toys.
Cleaning plastic toys
You can use hot and soapy water to clean your little munchkin’s plastic toys. Similarly, if the plastic toys have no batteries and there are no instructions advising against dishwasher, you can run plastic toys through your dishwasher to not only remove dirt but also disinfect them. You should then place the toys on the dishwasher’s rack to dry up and to air.
Before putting any plastic toy into a dishwasher, check the tag to ensure that the toy is dishwasher safe. If no information is given, and the plastic toy has no batteries you can use a dishwasher to clean it. Majority of plastic toys with no batteries are dishwasher safe. If you are dealing with a bath toy such as a rubber duck, ensure that you empty the dirty bathwater before placing it in the dishwasher.
If you are hand washing your baby’s plastic toys, a toothbrush can be helpful to remove those stubborn stains that won’t go away easily. You can also use a toothpick to clean those tight crevices in your baby’s toy. If your baby’s toys are oily or greasy, use vinegar and baking soda to clean them. Ensure you clean the toys thoroughly after washing to make sure they are free of soap.
When dealing with plastic toys that have batteries, make sure you remove them before you start washing them. Do not submerge the toy in to the water or even attempt to wash the inside parts of the toy. Scrub the outer surface only using a soapy sponge or a wet towel or cloth.
Cleaning wood made toys
Wood made toys should never be submerged in water to avoid them being warp and becoming rough. You should clean them using a clean table cloth or towel. Use mild soapy water or a mixture of water and vinegar while wiping the toys. After wiping the toys, use plain water to wipe out the soapy residue left. If you have used vinegar and water, don’t worry as it evaporates easily after few minutes. If your baby’s wooden toys have dirty spots that cannot be removed using a table cloth or towel, you can use rubbing alcohol together with a cotton ball and rinse well with a damp cloth. After cleaning, ensure that the toy is well dried before being used by your baby.
Cleaning metal made toys
Unlike plastic made toys, some toys like trucks, trains as well as other metal playing things come with rubber wheels; therefore, you should never place them in a dishwasher. The heat in a dishwasher might make the rubber wheels to melt or break down. Instead, use a table cloth or a damp towel to sanitize metal made toys. You can use small amount of bleach and dilute it with water and wipe the toys clean. You should then allow the toys to air dry. As always, if the toy comes with batteries kindly remove them before cleaning and avoid cleaning the interiors.
Cleaning bath toys
You may be thinking that these objects need no cleaning; after all they are always in water, right? Well, you are mistaken they require more attention than you may think. You should wash bath toys every week by soaking them in a mixture of water and white vinegar. This will help in sanitizing them and killing any germs that they may be having. If the objects require a more thorough cleaning, use your dishwasher. Ensure they air dry before using them again.
How often should your baby’s toys be cleaned?
To ensure your little munchkin’s toys are always clean should be a priority. While there is no specific timeframe on when to clean your baby’s toys, cleaning them once you notice they have dirt is a golden rule. If you notice that your baby’s toys have food spills or have dirt after a busy outdoor day, clean them. You should keep in mind that a sign of dirt could indicate the toy is full of germs or diseases.
If your baby has been sick, you should clean all the toys. Your baby might fall sick again if he or she goes back to playing with the exact toys that may have made him or her sick. If you child shows signs of diarrhea or even a cold, you should always clean the toys.
You should also clean the toys every time your child has visitors. You never know if they touched the toys and spread diseases.
Whether the toys have been used or not you should make it a habit to clean them at least once every month.
Toys are always revered to babies but can also be sources of diseases and illnesses. Therefore, you should ensure you clean your baby’s toys every now and then to keep your baby from diseases and germs. While there are many ways of cleaning the toys, following the above tips will ensure your baby has sparkling toys to play with at all times.