Keeping on top of cleaning them can be tough, especially as kids don’t fully understand that dirt, germs and grime could mean they get sick.
Different toys will have different needs when it comes to making sure they’re clean and safe to play with. Here are a few methods you can use to make sure that your child’s toys, no matter what they are made of, are free from dirt.
Cleaning soft toys
The main question when cleaning soft toys is whether they can be machine washed or not. The best way to find this out is to check any labels attached to the toy, as these should include specific instructions about how best to clean them. If you don’t follow these instructions, then you could well ruin the toy so take care!
There are typically two ways that soft toys can be cleaned - in the washing machine or by hand. (You can also spot clean with stain removal wipes during emergencies, just ensure you rinse the toys off before giving them back.) If you can use the washing machine, it’s usually best to wait until you can do a batch of toys together to save time and energy. If your toy isn’t made of wool then they can be put in a dryer.
Most wool toys need to be washed by hand, therefore it’s best to try and spot clean stains by dabbing them with mild soap and a cloth. If they’re really dirty you can always do a deeper clean using the bathtub or sink and some wool soap. Once clean leave them to air dry.
Cleaning other toys
Toys made of metal, wood, plastics and those that include electronics may be more durable, but still need care and attention. Many small plastic toys that don’t contain batteries or electronics can be put in a dishwasher, however make sure that the instructions don't say otherwise before you first wash them.
Anti-bacterial wipes can also be used on many toys when you need to quickly remove dirt and grime, just make sure that they’re dry before you hand them back to your child. You can roll a wipe around a toothpick or a straw to reach to remove dirt from gaps and cavities.
Alternatively you can wash toys by hand with soap, warm water and a rag or sponge. Be careful not to submerge any toys that contain electronics in water, and make sure that batteries are removed before you start cleaning.
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