How to Safely Clean Children’s Toys and Surfaces

One way that germs survive and thrive is on children’s toys.  If you think about it, toys get handled constantly, are often shared and end up on the ground, in children’s mouths and in all sorts of unsanitary conditions.  Keeping toys clean can help prevent the spread of germs and keep your children from getting sick. In this article, we’ll go over some ways on how to safely clean children’s toys and surfaces.


The Dishwasher

If you have a dishwasher, this can be a quick and easy way to clean and disinfect a number of your child’s toys.  First of all, make sure that the toys are dishwasher proof. Once you’ve made certain of that, it’s simple enough to run them through a cleaning cycle on their own or even with other dishes.  You’ll quickly have clean and disinfected toys ready to be played with again!

Soap And Water

For toys that aren’t able to withstand the dishwasher, a simple solution of soap and water can be used to clean things up.  Just fill your sink with some warm water, a squirt of dishwashing liquid and give the toys a scrub like you would any dishes.  Once dried they’ll be ready to be part of the toybox once again.

Washer And Dryer

For toys made of fabric, such as stuffed animals, you may need to run them through the washer and dryer to get them truly clean.  This can be tough on delicate fabrics, so you might want to consider investing in a special bag which is used specifically for stuffed animals.  They’re typically zippered and made of a cotton canvas. Simply put the stuffed animal inside and wash it on a delicate cycle. After washing stuffed animals, check to make sure no buttons or other attachments have come loose.

Baby Wipes

Baby wipes are not only good for wiping down your child, they can be used to clean your kid’s toys as well.  Since baby wipes are already designed to be gentle on the skin you can be assured that they won’t cause any problems if they’re used to clean up the toys.  Simply wipe down the toys and let air dry.


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