How to Clean Baby Toys Safely

Let’s be real: babies put EVERYTHING in their mouth, especially their toys that have touched every single surface in the house and have been drenched in every type of bodily fluid you can think of. During a pandemic, this can be extra worrisome if you have guests come to visit, so it is important to keep your baby’s toys extra clean and sanitised. We recommend scheduling a time each week to do this so that you don’t forget!

Here are our tips:

  1. For little things with no batteries, you can often take the easy route by sticking them in the dishwasher, if you have one. Simply add a few drops of dish soap and do the shortest cycle it offers.
  2. If the dishwasher is not an option for the small toys, rinse them in the sink by hand using warm, soapy water. Then, have them sit in a bucket of hot water and 2 tablespoons of bleach for a few minutes to sanitise. Quickly rinse them in the warm soapy water again once done in the bleach solution.
  3. For larger toys like a walker or a play kitchen, use disinfectant wipes for every surface, or use a bucket of warm water, soap, and a soft cloth for things without batteries.
  4. For plush toys, the lucky part is you can usually wash these as you would your clothing; hand washing in the sink of in the washing machine should have them coming out good as new.
  5. To keep plush toys looking good longer, we recommend hanging them out to dry rather than sticking them in a clothing dryer.

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