How to properly clean and sanitize kid’s toys to prevent mold and bacteria from forming….
Cleaning kid’s toys at least once a week if the toys are in your home with no other child playing with them. If the child is sick you may want to do this more often. If you have several children or children who come over and play with these toys, then you want to give them a nice cleaning after the kids are done playing. This will prevent mold (if toys are played in water) and prevent the spread of germs from one child to another. Trying to keep kid’s safe from harmful germs is a very hard job to do. These simple steps will help.
1. Always clean toys before sanitizing them. You can do this with warm water and detergent. Just wipe them down with a rag.
2. Using Bleach ~ Using bleach on toys can be something a lot of people don’t want to do. This is fine because we have a another alternative below. If using bleach properly, it will sanitize and be safe for all children. I have done some research and I found this very helpful info from The National Health and Safety Performance Standards Guidelines for Early Care and Education programs. Basically this is the guidelines they use at learning centers and daycare facilities.
Safe ratio for using bleach to sanitize kid’s toys and furniture is 1 GALLON OF WATER TO 1/2 CUP BLEACH (scroll to page 6)
I found this information at cfoc.nrckids.org
Spray Bottle ~ If you have toys that require batteries then you will want to use this solution in a spray bottle and spray your toys. Do not use the mist setting. You want to use the hard setting and let it sit for a little before wiping.
3. Dishwasher ~ Many toys are dishwasher safe. This is a simple and easy way to get those toys cleaned. You don’t want to put any toys that require batteries in the dishwasher or wood toys. Just plastic toys are fine. Set the dishwasher on your hottest temperature setting and add detergent. Then let the completely air dry before using.
4. Boiling Water ~ To sanitize items such as teething toys or pacifiers etc. you can boil a big pot of water (boiling temperatures) and let the items sit for about 10 minutes. Make sure to remove the items safely, dry them and wait until items are cool before giving them back to the child.
5. Vinegar and Water ~ You can use equal parts of water and vinegar in a spray bottle to clean dirty toys. Let the solution sit on the toys for about 15 minutes before wiping off any remaining solution.
6. Washing Machine ~ You can throw items like stuffed animals in the washing machine on the hottest setting. Then air dry or dry on a low heat setting. Do not put any stuffed animals in the washing machine if the require batteries, make sounds etc.
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