Kids love their toys and are not aware of the bacteria that stick to them.
Small babies put all types of things in their mouth, no matter where they come from. As most of the toys are constantly scattered on the floor, they quickly become dusty and dangerous for the fragile small kids. For this reason, all toys should be cleaned once per month. There are numerous safe and eco-friendly cleaning solutions available on the market, yet, one can never be sure about the content of these recommended cleansers. The most reliable way to keep germs as well as chemical emissions away from your kids is to clean their toys with natural cleansers.
Let’s explore some of the safe methods for cleaning different types of toys.
When it comes to putting the kids to bed, Teddy Bear is the salvation of many parents. Kids get anxious if their best friend is not around. Toddlers bring their favorite plush toy everywhere with them. For this reason, it may endure a lot of accidents. You can wash the plush toys in the washing machine with baking soda and vinegar, which are excellent natural disinfectants. Check the labels and see if all toys can be washed in the washing machine. If there are any stains on the toys, sprinkle them with baking soda and leave aside for several minutes. Load the toys in the washing machine, add 1 tablespoon of soda to the dispenser drawer and wash them on a gentle cycle. During the rinse cycle, add ½ cup of vinegar as well.
These type of toys can’t be washed in the washing machine. Fill a bucket with tepid water and add 1 tablespoon of baking soda and ½ cup of vinegar. Stir the mixture and place the toys inside. Let them sit for an hour or two and after that hand wash them. In the end, rinse the toys again with tepid water.
Those spend a lot of time in the water and therefore are constantly moist inside.
To prevent mold gathering, wash the plastic bath toys once in two weeks. Fill in a big bucket of hot water and add several drops of hydrogen peroxide. It will easily eliminate the germs and it won’t expose the health of your child to risk. Place the toys in the bucket and leave them inside for an hour or two. After that, use an abrasive sponge and scrub the toys from all sides. Pay special attention to their bottom. When you are ready, squeeze the toys in order to remove the water that may have gathered inside and dry them.
Toys with batteries
Unplug the toys and clean them carefully with a sponge dipped in a mixture made of a ½ cup of vinegar and ½ cup of water. After that, wipe them entirely with a clean damp cloth.
The easiest way to wash any sticky LEGO parts is to put them into a mesh bag and after that in the washing machine on a gentle cycle. Instead of washing powder use baking soda or vinegar.
Metal and wooden toys
Pour 2 tablespoons of starch with a small amount of vinegar. You need to get a thick abrasive paste. Dip a clean cloth in it and scrub carefully the metal and wooden toys. After that, wipe them with a clean wet towel.
Ideally, you should clean all baby toys once per month and after your child has been sick. These non-toxic ways will help you keep ensure a healthy living environment for them and give you peace of mind.
A millenial mom (of two boys) who has passion in makeup and motherhood in between.