All children love to play with their toys, but many parents worry about the germs and bacteria that can be found on these items. This is especially true if a child has been sick in recent weeks or months.
Our team from Pro Disinfection Services has shared that there are many different ways to clean and disinfect toys, so we will explore some of the best methods below!
Sanitize The Electronic Toys
If your child loves to play with electric cars, robots, and choppers, it can be quite difficult to clean them especially when they’re battery operated since (obviously) you can’t just soak them in the washer and hang them to dry.
However, there’s a way to clean electric toys, and we’re here to show it!
The first step is to remove the batteries and push any buttons to get rid of any loose dirt.
Then you can use a damp cloth or wipe it down with alcohol-based hand sanitizer. You can also use a disinfectant that is suitable for toys such as Clorox or Lysol.
This method is great for little ones who love to play with their toys (especially if they are electronic) and want them to be clean.
However, you need to make sure that the disinfectant you use is safe for children since children will be handling the toy.
Be sure you also clean the crevices and hard-to-reach areas of the toy using a cotton bud, cotton buds can easily get into the cracks and crevices with no difficulties.
Just simply dip the cotton bud in your disinfectant solution and then wipe the toy down.
After you have done this, leave your toys to dry upside-down, and they will be good to go in no time!
Do not use bleach, soapy or other liquids on toys with electrical components.
These fluids can damage batteries and may even cause harm to your child due to the electrical hazards
How to Properly Clean Plastic Toys
Plastic toys such as Lego, Polly Pocket, and Transformers, then you’re in luck because they’re pretty quick to clean! All you have to do is make sure to clean the toy before and after every playtime.
The easiest way to do it is by using a wet cloth or paper towel, then wipe down all surfaces of the plastic toys with just water.
This will help remove any dirt that’s on them from hands or spills.
If you have stubborn marks (like grape juice) then it’s best to use a little dish soap with a sponge and rinse it with water to get that out.
If you’re not sure if your surface is safe for cleaning, then it’s best to use a wipe with no alcohol in it just to be on the safe side.
You can find these at any drug store near the diaper aisle.
For plastic toys with paint, you should be careful when cleaning and must never use alcohol since this can peel off the paint.
The Way to Clean and Disinfect Stuffed Toys
Does your child happen to have a teddy bear that seems to be dirty?
You may not see it on the surface, but germs can be lurking underneath the bear’s fiber which can cause infections to happen.
In order to prevent this, you need to know how best to clean the stuffed toy and disinfect it too!
- Firstly, make sure that your teddy bear is not made of anything other than fabric like fur or wool so as not to damage the surface by using harsh cleaners.
- Remove any dirt from the visible surface using disinfectant wet wipes. You can also use a damp washcloth or any soft cloth to clean the surface.
- In order to disinfect, make sure that you have a container that is big enough for your stuffed toy and fill it up with warm soapy water. You can also use a disinfecting detergent.
- Each time you clean your stuffed toy, make sure to rinse the surface well with water. This will also help remove any soap residue that may be left behind which can cause irritation on a child’s sensitive skin.
- Use an air dryer or place it in front of a fan so that it will get dried faster and prevent mold.
Cleaning Stuffed Toys That Cannot Be Washed
If you’ve got stuffed toys that are made from a fabric that cannot be washed, or you just don’t want to wash them, there are other ways on how to clean and disinfect stuffed toys.
You can spray the surface with a household cleaner that can effectively kill any germs that may be on the toy.
You can also use a sealable sandwich bag with some water and add bleach to it before sealing it up for about 12 hours.
This will disinfect your stuffed toys without washing them.
After cleaning your stuffed toy, be sure to let it properly dry so that it will not create a breeding ground for mold and bacteria.
We hope this blog post has given you the knowledge and confidence to clean and disinfect your children’s toys.
If not, we would be happy to help! All it takes is a few minutes before bedtime each night for both safety reasons as well as an easy way to keep toys in good condition, so they last longer.
Let us know if you have any other questions or concerns about toy hygiene that weren’t addressed here.
Our team can answer them with our expertise on how best to ensure safe play by providing proper cleaning and disinfecting techniques for every type of toy imaginable.
Don’t forget that a little bit goes a long way when it comes to sanitizing – just make sure all surfaces are completely covered
Jamie Wong has years of experience in the field of disinfection services. As a result, he is able to provide her clients with excellent service and advice on disinfection and sanitizing.