For your little one, the world is a brand new place to explore. Of course, you want to make the most of it, helping them learn and grow through bright colored toys. Baby toys are great and come in various shapes, textures, and colors. They cater to the curiosity of your baby’s mind as he or she learns to understand the world around him or her.
As a parent, it’s your duty to provide your little one with a safe learning and living environment. That’s why we want to take time to show you how to disinfect baby toys. This is another helpful article in our baby series.
How to disinfect baby toys and clean bath toys
We believe that your home should be the safest place for your child. Knowing how to disinfect baby toys will protect your child from germs and microbial bugs.
For those toys that see regular use in your home, there’s that concern that over time, germs and grime accumulate on the surface. Your baby sticks his or her hand in her mouth and touches the toy — whatever is on that toy’s surface could harm your baby. Just as your home requires cleaning to keep the dirt and germs under control, so do your baby’s toys.
And bath toys are not exempt from the need for careful cleaning. Bath toys, especially, require your cleaning attention. Don’t let the fact that they come in contact with soapy water fool you. It’s those nooks and crannies — and the inside of the toy that you need to worry about. These toys don’t dry easily on the inside which leads to the development of mold and other pesky microbes. They can wreak havoc on your little one’s health.
Use the dishwasher or washing machine
As you clean, make it a point to use the dishwasher when you can. It will save you time and effort on your part. Read the manufacturer’s instructions — if dishwasher use or the washing machine is allowed, go for it. Otherwise, read on.
Disinfecting baby toys
To begin with, in this tutorial on how to disinfect baby toys, you’re going to need a few things: soapy water, clear water, and paper towels or clean rags. You’ll also need a solution for disinfecting your child’s toys.
Cleaning and disinfecting
There are two phases to the cleaning process: cleaning and disinfecting. In cleaning, you are blasting away the dirt on the surface. In disinfecting your child’s toys, you are killing the germs. You should always start with cleaning (removing the surface dirt) and end with disinfecting and then drying.
For those hard to clean crevices on a toy, scrubbing away at the grime with a toothbrush is a helpful idea.
If the toy is made out of wood, use a clean cloth and dampen with a cleaning solution of soapy water to wipe the surface. Afterward, use clean water on a damp rag to wipe off the soapy residue.
Board books may be cleaned in the same manner.
Allow the toys and books ample time to dry before giving them to your baby.
Cleaning bath toys
Now let’s talk about bath toys. Bath toys require a special kind of attention and care. Let’s use the traditional and well-loved rubber ducky as an example. (What child doesn’t love their rubber ducky?)
While enduring bath time, that rubbery little friend takes in water through the hole in the bottom. If the water doesn’t dry and the toy is left in a dark place, it creates the perfect habitat for mold and other microbial fiends. The inside of the ducky creates this disastrous situation. So how do you let your little one enjoy his or her bath time toys without worry?
First, you need to grab yourself a tub and fill it with 1 gallon of warm water and add a cup of vinegar. Vinegar has mold and germ blasting properties. Leave your ducky in the solution for at least an hour. And voila! Your ducky is clean. Squeeze out as much water as you can and leave the ducky to dry on a towel or give him some time in the sun.
Create a routine
After every play date or illness, you should clean your baby’s toys. The toys that your baby plays with on a regular basis ought to be cleaned weekly. Remember, babies are in a very vulnerable stage, placing everything in their mouth whenever they get the chance.
Make way for a happy, healthy baby
Now you know how to disinfect baby toys and how to do it effectively. This makes for a happy, healthy baby and a happy, healthy home.
If you enjoyed this article in our baby series, you’d likely benefit from our article on how to clean a stroller and remove food stains. Your baby deserves a clean stroller too!