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Eco and safe ways to clean toys

Eco And Safe ways to clean toys

The toys of every kid need to be not only amusing but also clean and well disinfected. Children tend to leave their toys in various places, therefore, those accumulate dirt pretty fast. As we all know, the scattered toys on the floor can often appear in the mouth of the toddler. Since not every parent is able to keep an eye on their child in every single moment, it is advisable that all toys in the house are washed properly once per month. However, this doesn’t mean that you need to head to the closest store and supply yourself with a variety of detergents and other cleaning materials for any type of toys. This kind of products often consist chemicals, which may cause health issues to your child. Better make your own research and see what are the eco and safe ways to keep the toys in your house clean, believe me, you will find a lot of them.

Cleaning toys on your own is much easier that you think. Here are some helpful tips that you can start with.

Plush toys

Most of those have instructions for washing on their label, however, if you want to be sure that all persistent dirt deposits and stains will be eliminated in a safe manner, you can prepare a mixture of 3 cups of vinegar and 2 tablespoons of baking soda. After that pour it in a basin filled with warm water and soak the toys for an hour or two. Then, rinse them with warm water or just wash them in the washing machine on a spin circle. It is important to remember that this method of cleaning can be applied only on ordinary plush toys made of cotton or polyester, which don’t have any batteries. If there are any singing or walking stuffed toys in your home, gently remove the batteries or the power cords and then using a clean cloth soaked in the mixture of vinegar and baking soda, clean carefully the toys, without getting too close to the power outlet because the high acidity levels in vinegar may cause corrosion to the electrical wiring in the toy.  

               Ingredients: 3 cups of vinegar
                                   2 tablespoons of baking soda

Water toys

These kind of toys are an inseparable part of bath time. As they get into contact with water frequently, they are retentive of humidity and if not cleaned often, they can become a suitable environment for mold. You can clean these toys quickly following Best Carpet Cleaners Brixton‘s advice and easily by placing them in a large bucket filled with hot water and 3 cups of vinegar. Let the toys set for a couple of hours and after that using a toothbrush and a tea tree essential oil, rub the toys from all sides. You may need to put some extra efforts because there will be a lot of holes and curves on the water toys that have gathered dirt. The essential oil will not only help you to clean those properly but also to eliminate the vinegar smell. When you are ready with cleaning, try to remove as much as water as possible from the inside of the toys. Wipe them with a dry cloth and they are ready to be used again.

                     Ingredients: 3 cups of vinegar

It is not necessary to have a stock of special detergents at home in order to keep the toys of your child clean and disinfected. With vinegar, baking soda and other natural products you can prepare different types of non-toxic cleansers and clean with them efficiently but mostly safely all toys in your house. Just find time to do that once per month and you don’t need to worry anymore that your child may swallow any bacteria during playtime.  


 Disclaimer: This post was submitted by Tilly Sanders. Thank you!