With cold and flu season on the horizon, you want to be sure you are keeping children’s toys as germ-free as possible. Take a look below for some helpful tips on how to safely sanitize kid’s toys. You can keep their toys clean without the use of harsh chemicals quite easily and inexpensively. Here is how to get started!
1. Try the dishwasher.
Dishwashers are great for cleaning non-porous toys. This would be items such as building blocks, play food, and play dishes. Place them on the dishwasher racks and run the dishwasher as you usually would, using mild dishwashing detergent. Do not use the heated finish, as it may melt toys. Open the dishwasher door to let items air-dry, or spread them on a towel and enlist the kids to help dry them off and put them away!
2. Try a vinegar wash.
Fill a sink with hot water and 2 cups of white vinegar. Allow non-porous toys to soak in the mixture for thirty minutes. Rinse with hot water and allow to air dry on a dry cloth before you put them away.
3. Make a sanitizing boil.
Boil a pot of water and add a cup of white vinegar and a half cup of washing soda. Allow non-porous toys to sit in the water for 10 minutes. Drain, rinse and allow to dry.
4. Enlist the help of the washing machine.
Soft and porous items such as dolls and play clothes can go in the washing machine. Use hot water as well as a sanitizing detergent. Wash the items on a normal cycle and allow to air dry.
5. Use a sanitizing spray.
There are many sanitizing sprays out that can be sprayed directly on toys to kill germs. Look for one with natural ingredients that can be used daily. These sprays are great for quick cleanups as well as multi-surface items with both porous and non-porous materials.
You don’t have to deal with dirty toys that spread germs and illness. Instead, give some of these sanitizing options a try. They are easy, effective ways to keep a cleaner home and keep kids safe! Give them a try and see what a difference they make.