Kids love their toys. They love playing with them, touching them, tasting them, and while germs are always a concern for parents, it is especially important now during the COVID-19 pandemic. We need to provide a safe and virus free environment for your children so it’s important to disinfect our children’s toys from time to time.
These easy to follow tips can help you get on top of your kids’ toys sanitizing.
Take advantage of your dishwasher. If a toy is dishwasher safe, throw it in the dishwasher about once a week for a deep clean. This is a great option for rattles, plastic blocks, shapes, and bath toys. Be careful not to wash anything in the dishwasher that contains fabric, buttons, or batteries.
Don’t forget about your washing machine. Fabric toys, like stuffed animals, blankets, cloth books, etc., can be cleaned in your washing machine on the delicate cycle. Don’t launder any toys with battery packs or noise –makers, as this can damage the mechanisms. And if you’re worried about a toy not surviving the washing machine’s cycle, place it in a pillowcase before you launder it.
Bleach it. Washable, nonporous toys can also be cleaned with bleach. Simply remove excess grime with a wet sponge, place the toys in a bucket (or your sink), add ½ cup of bleach and 1 gallon of water and let the toys soak in the solution for 5 minutes. Afterward, rinse the toys with water and let them air dry.
Use plain old vinegar and water. A solution of vinegar and water is a time-tested, eco-friendly solution for washing toys and a great option for toys that are not dishwasher safe. You can also use a vinegar solution to spot-clean fabric and plastic toys.
Try a professional sanitising services or a professional ULV Fogger service. In between cleanings, use a ULV fogger to disinfect the entire area where your child plays. Worksafe Australia’s exclusive TGA Approved disinfectant doesn’t leave any residue on toys, and is nontoxic for children, plants and pets. Plus, it kills 99% of the germs responsible for bacteria and viruses, such as Influenza virus, SARS-Cov-2 and COVID-19.