Non-Toxic Ways to Clean Baby Toys

Today's post is a reader submission from Sophia at Tidy London Cleaning. As a new mom, I loved that she chose to share about healthier methods for keeping your baby toys clean and ready to go for your little ones! Take it away, Sophia!

When you are having a baby, your entire perspective of the world changes. Once you realize that your baby’s health is the most important thing, you will start to pay attention to many things that have never come to your mind before. I know that you are trying to provide only the best things for your child and toys are one of the best ways to spoil your little precious angel.

However, babies often love to put everything in their mouths and this is just a simple way for bacteria to enter your child’s body. This is why you must make sure that your baby’s toys are always clean and disinfected. If you are worried about harming your baby with harsh chemicals, I have the right green cleaning methods for you. If you use your own homemade cleaners for your baby’s toys then you won’t have to worry about any bacteria or toxic ingredients.

Plastic toys

Plastic toys always end up in your baby’s mouth and after that they lay on the floor for hours before he or she plays with them again. If you think of all the bacteria that can easily harm your child this way, you will definitely look for an easy way to quickly kill every germ.

We have many years of experience that show that the best and most toxic-free way to disinfect the plastic toys is to let them sit in a boiling water for about 5 minutes. After the time is up, remove them carefully and let them cool off. You can also wash the plastic toys in the dishwasher. Load them on the silverware rack and use the gentlest cycle to wash them. Once the washing is done, let them air dry.

Wood toys

Using water is not a good option for wooden toys as they can be easily damaged. This is why you can make your own DIY cleaning solution from one cup water and one cup distiled white vinegar. Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle and spray it on a clean cloth. Use the cloth to wipe the wood toys or any other hard toys, for that matter. This cheep green cleaner is a great way to get rid of any bacteria.

Stuffed Toys

Stuffed toys can be easily stained and bacteria and dust mites can be easily attached to some fabrics. However, this doesn’t matter to your baby. I am sure that your child has favourite stuffed toys which he or she will never let go. Most toys have a tag with instruction about how you should take care of them. However, if there is no tag there is a simple way to take care of most of your baby’s stuffed toys.

You can load all of the stuffed toys in the washing machine and use baking soda and white vinegar to wash them and disinfect them properly. If the fabric toys are heavily stained, you can sprinkle the spot with baking soda and add about half a cup of vinegar in the washing machine during the rinsing cycle.

There is no need to go overboard with the cleaning and turn into a clean freak when it comes to your baby’s toys. After all you can’t prevent every stain or germ from getting on the surface of the toys. Experts recommend to clean the toys which are more regularly used, otherwise known as the toys which stay in your bag with the baby’s essential items, once every week. If you use these homemade green methods to clean your baby’s toys you can be sure that it is protected from germs and it can play with his or her favourite toys anytime.

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Thanks Sophia! It's awesome to have some tips for cleaning Adaline's things without using too many chemicals around her little baby skin and lungs! If you're in the London area and need some cleaning services, be sure to check Sophia out. Until next time...

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