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Disinfecting Toys to Prevent Germs

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However, sharing unclean toys can be dangerous for your little one’s health. Several questions may come to your mind when it comes to disinfecting your children’s toys such as:  “Is it ok to use bleach?” “How much bleach should I use?” “How often should I wash their toys?”.

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The following tips will help to ensure that your children’s toys are germ-free.

Scrub Those Toys!

You should try to scrub your children’s toys at least once a week. If your child has been sick, then you will want to disinfect the toys on a daily basis. Not doing so can cause the spread of germs and viruses.

Throw Them in with the Dishes

Many toys can be washed, like your dishes, with soap and water (and in the dishwasher). Next time you’re doing the dishes, throw some toys in there too, and you will kill two birds with one stone, hehe.

Boil Them in a Pot

Another option is that you can boil a pot of water and place any toys into the pot (if they are not electronic) for about 10 minutes. Don’t forget to make sure the toys have cooled off completely before handing back to your child.

Spray Them Down

For those electronic toys, spray some Lysol or another type of disinfectant onto a cloth and wipe them down.

IMG_8141Bleach for a Deep Clean

Bleach is totally ok to use as a disinfectant as well. According to under the ‘Cleaning’ tab, disinfect toys with a solution of ½ cup of Clorox Regular-Bleach per 1 gallon of water, soak for 5 minutes, then rinse and dry. Make sure to rinse really well!

Wash and Dry

Many plush stuffed animals can be cleaned in the washer and dryer. Just make sure that they are washer safe before you toss them in there.  After washing them, kill stray dust mites by putting the toy in a freezer bag and freezing it overnight.

Stay Ahead of the Germs

Don’t wait until your children’s toys look dirty or their stuffed animals look dusty to clean them. Safegaurd your children from bacteria, viruses, and asthma by cleaning or wiping down their toys daily. If you know a toy is dirty but cannot get to cleaning them, put it aside in a bucket or bag and clean it when you can."Dog hanging on a clothesline to dry" by Rob Pearce


Photo credits: 

Dog hanging on a clothesline to dry” by Rob Pearce

Keys and Bottle Rings” by Christina Kessler

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