How to clean baby toys safely
With Christmas only a few sleeps away (hooray!) we’re willing to bet that many of you are starting to look around your home and wonder ‘where are we going to put all the new toys?!’. You’re not alone- it’s the eternal parenting conundrum! With this in mind, and because we’re truly in a festive mood right now, this week on the blog we’re all about toys. Namely, how to clean them. Whether you’re storing outgrown favourites away for the next one (!) or you’re just having a general sort, hopefully our quick guide on how to clean toys properly will be useful!
Why it’s important to clean toys properly
If living through a global pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we probably weren’t washing our hands as much as we should have been! But that’s in the past, and we’re all used to washing our hands frequently throughout the day now. And we do this because we want to keep germs at bay, right? So why wouldn’t we do the same with toys? Especially when you take into account how our children like to explore with their mouths- everything goes in there, have you noticed?!- and how they like to touch stuff after- and during- playing too.
With all of this in mind, cleaning your child’s toys is very important!
How to clean toys properly
Lots of toys will have cleaning instructions either on their label or in the instructions guide, or you can do a quick search on the manufacturer’s website too. Ultimately though, it’s safe to say that soft toys and hard toys are going to need different approaches.
Teddies and other soft toys should have washing/ cleaning instructions on their care labels so it’s always a good idea to follow these guidelines. But if there are no instructions, follow these easy steps:
- For toys that cannot go into the machine- use a damp cloth to gently wipe the toy and work in circular motions to remove any surface dirt or stains. You can use a gentle detergent on the cloth too- just add a few drops of our Laundry Lover non-bio detergent to a bowl and add warm water. Use this solution to go over the entire toy, then rinse your cloth thoroughly and wipe over again. Make sure your cloth is well and truly wrung out so that it’s not wet- this will help to prevent the toy becoming saturated and sudsy. Leave the toy to air dry, or use a hair dryer on a very low setting to help fluff the fur and dry a little faster.
- For toys that can be machine washed- always use a non-bio detergent (obviously we recommend our Laundry Lover here too! 😊) and make sure you place the toys into a pillowcase too. This will keep them protected during the cycle- we know how our children become attached to favourite teddy bears! Select a gently cycle and when it’s finished you can either dry gently in the dryer, or follow the steps above to dry the toys.
Bath toys and plastic toys:
Plastic toys that are played with every day should be cleaned every day. Just use our Sticky Stopper antibacterial spray to ensure they’re sanitised and clean ready for next time. This can be used as often as you like too.
Bath toys need a little extra TLC to keep them clean. Again, our Sticky Stopper cleaner spray is perfect for keeping them in tip-top shape, but because they’re used with water, you’ll need to pay a little extra attention to how they dry too. Some bath toys will collect water inside them which will need to be removed after every use (otherwise that horrid black mould starts to form) and they will need to be thoroughly dried after each use too. Check bath toys regularly and get rid of them if you spot any gunk lurking inside.
Some plastic toys can be added into the dishwasher on a normal cycle too, for a once-in-a-while deep clean. Check with the manufacturer’s instructions first and if in doubt stick to the antibacterial spray.