How to Clean Toys

How to Clean Toys

Molly Maid does not offer this service; however, here are some do-it-yourself ideas if you would like to tackle this job.

We know how busy you are if you have a toddler, baby or both in the house. And as if bottles, diapers, and meals aren’t keeping you busy enough… how about those toys that have taken over your house the last few years? They need some attention, too. Why? Bacteria and mites love those plush toys just as much as your toddler does.

Use your Dishwasher and Washing Machine

The good news is that many plush toys are just a whirl in the washing machine away from being good as new. Just be sure to check the labels for special instructions first. No one wants the wrong water temperature or dryer setting rendering “Kitty,” “Monkey,” or “Cuddlefish” unrecognizable.
More good news: smaller toys made from hard plastic are usually dishwasher safe. Put them in the dishwasher to round out light loads. The dishwasher detergent and the hot water will do the cleaning and disinfecting work for you. If you don’t have a dishwasher, wash them by hand in your sink with hot water and your normal dish detergent. Larger toys, toys with electronic components, and wooden toys will need to be dusted and disinfected individually.

How to Clean Outdoor Toys

Have any outdoor toys? Little gyms or play houses and such? Birds, bugs, pets and visiting animals make E. coli a concern, and make it necessary to sanitize these on a regular basis. Use a spray sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, or just give it the ol’ “driveway carwash” treatment with hot soapy water and a nice garden hose rinse-off.
Use a weak bleach solution to clean bath toys and secondhand toys that make their way home from garage sales, resale shops or generous relatives and neighbors. Be sure to rinse well and dry thoroughly. Cleaning baby and toddler toys monthly is a good goal.

Molly Maid is a house cleaning service that’s been helping busy young families and busy new grandparents stay on top of germs, dust, and clutter for almost 30 years.

To have more time for yourself or to spend with the young children in your life, call Molly Maid.

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