Toys. They're on the floor, in little mouths, and dare we say...dropped in the toilet. How do you make sure you keep them clean and germ free?! Obviously drastic measures have to be taken if they land in the toilet...but everyday germs from everyday places can still get your kiddos sick.
Here's a couple tricks for keeping your toys clean and kids healthy:
Unless you notice toys are visibly dirty, you should only have to scrub your kids toys about once a month. Pop durable, plastic toys into the dishwasher on the top rack and run them through a cycle (with detergent) to disinfect and clean. Some toys list that they are dishwasher safe. If they don't, use your best judgment. When in doubt hand wash with dish soap and hot water.
After a play date or a run in with a cold or flu is also a great time to clean toys, toy boxes and crib rails. Simply wipe down any items too large for the sink or dishwasher with a bleach/water solution or with a non-aerosol spray such as Lysol.
2. Plush Toys
If your child has allergies, dust mites are bound to be a huge problem. Plush toys (most commonly known as stuffed animals!) are the perfect home for dust mites. To kill them off simply place any plush toys in a plastic covering (bag) and deep freeze them for 3-5 hours. A once a week freezing should help eliminate dust mite allergies in your little ones...or at least leave them more comfortable!
3. Bath Toys
Try to avoid toys with holes in them. Yes, you can squeeze out the water but they will never dry completely and that makes them an ideal place for mold growth. Eww! Every few weeks give toys a good scrub with dish soap and water, but most importantly make sure toys have a chance to dry inbetween uses. The Tubby bath toy organizer is perfect for that!
Made from neoprene, Tubby (pictured) is designed to dry quick and let water drain out, thus preventing mold and mildew! The durable mesh sides and bottom allow any extra water drain from the toys and back into the tub. After a few weeks or so take Tubby off the wall and toss him into the washing machine, just to give him the cleaning he deserves after working so hard for your toys!
Keeping your kids clean and germ free are tough enough. Thank goodness for great products to help us out!
- The Girls at Itty Bitty Bella
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