Ways to Clean Toys
maidREADY does not provide this service; but here are some DIY cleaning ideas to use to help keep your kids toys germ-free and prepared for playtime.
Ways to Clean Toys in your Washing Machine
Here’s the good news: most plush toys are just a whirl inside the washer away from being good as new. Just ensure that you first look at the labels for special directions. No one wants the incorrect dryer setting or water temperature rendering their beloved “Cuttlefish,” “Monkey,” or “Kitty” unrecognizable. For small toys designed of hard plastic, put them in a pillowcase or mesh bag to keep them from clunking around.
Ways to Clean Toys inside the Dishwasher
Cleaning toys inside the dishwasher is an additional option. The dishwashing detergent and hot water will do the disinfecting and cleaning work for you. If you do not have a dishwasher, wash them by hand inside the sink using hot water and your regular dish detergent. Large toys, toys that have electronic elements, and wooden toys must be individually disinfected and dusted.
Ways to Clean Toys using Bleach
If you’re only washing toys, consider adding a 1/2 cup bleach to the washing machine or dishwasher. If you’re soaking the toys inside the sink, we suggest adding a ½ cup bleach per gallon of water. Allow the toys to soak for around 5 minutes, rinse then air dry.
A few germ-fighting parents keep a different plastic bin that is only for disinfecting and collecting toys which have been contaminated. As a toy has been slobbered on or hit the ground, it goes right into the bin where it’s out of reach from kids. Parents then can add bleach and water right to the bin for cleaning.
Ways to Clean Toys using Vinegar
For a more natural, simpler cleaning solution, think about adding equal parts white vinegar and water to a spray bottle. Spritz your dirty toys using the vinegar solution and allow them to sit for around fifteen minutes. Make certain to wipe off all remaining water-vinegar solution to minimize the lingering vinegar odor. The vinegar spot cleaning technique works best for hard toys yet isn’t ideal for stuffed animals or plush toys.
Ways to Clean Outdoor Toys
Do you have outdoor toys? Sandboxes, little gyms, or play houses, etc.? Bugs, birds, visiting animals and pets make E. coli a concern, as well as make it necessary to sanitize them on a routine basis. Use sanitizing wipes, spray sanitizer, or simply give it the “driveway carwash” treatment using soapy, hot water and garden hose rinse-off.
Ways to Clean Secondhand Toys
Utilize a weak bleach solution that sanitizes secondhand toys which make their way home from resale shops, garage sales, or generous neighbours and relatives. Make certain that you rinse well and thoroughly dry.
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