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Cleaning Baby Toys

By Simon Wong

Babies born in the 21st century are lucky as they have a lot of different kinds of toys to play with. I remember I did not have a lot of toys when I was small. Though these toys provide babies with great fun, they also pose great dangers to babies. If mothers do not clean the toys properly, babies may catch sickness like cold and diarrhea easily.

Babies and toddlers love putting toys into their mouth. Cleaning toys does not mean removing all the dirt and grease but also germs and bacteria. Most mothers use soapy water to clean baby toys. Some of them even use bleach to sanitize the baby toys. I am not saying using soapy water and bleach is wrong, but these chemical can be harmful to both you and your babies.

Instead of soapy water and bleach, you can use some natural cleaners like baking soda and white vinegar. Baking soda and white vinegar or white vinegar are suitable to clean most of the baby toys like plastic toys and stuff toys. Vinegar is acidic and it performs both cleaning and sanitizing functions. Most importantly, both baking soda and vinegar are eatable and therefore your baby is safe.

To clean baby toys made of plastic, first prepare yourself with a tub (or you may do it in a sink), 1 cup of distilled water, 1 cup of white vinegar and a clean sponge. First mix the distilled water and vinegar in a bucket or sink. Then put all the baby toys into the mixture and soak them for 15 minutes. Then use the sponge to scrub their surfaces. Then you may rinse the toys with water if you do not like the smell of vinegar. Finally allow the toys to dry on a rack. For a quick cleaning, you may fill a spray bottle with distilled water and vinegar. Spray on the toys and wipe clean with a clean towel or rag.

Stuffed toys are mostly made of cotton and polyester. To clean them, you can sprinkle baking soda onto the toys, let it stand for 15 minutes and then wash them with water. Then, rinse the toys with vinegar and water solution. Baking soda and vinegar are suitable for both hand wash and machine wash. If you have expensive ones made of wool, you may wish to buy mild wool soap. Wool soap which are organic or specially formulated for baby clothes are always better choices.

How often should I clean the baby toys is a very good question to ask. There is no absolute answer and it totally depends on your available time. My suggestion is you should clean them at least once a week. But, if you notice that your baby catches a cold or suffers from diarrhea, you may have to clean your baby toys more often. Also, if your baby always share toys with other kids, you may wish to clean the toys immediately after their playing to prevent cross contamination.

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Wong, Simon "Cleaning Baby Toys." Cleaning Baby Toys. 25 Jul. 2010. 28 Nov 2014 <>.

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