Considering the frequency with which young ones are touching, snuggling with, and sometimes even chewing on their toys, all parents need to familiarize themselves with the best ways of ensuring that those items are as clean and sanitized as they can possibly be. Fortunately, there are some quick and easy ways to handle all types of toys so that they do not pose cleanliness or health risks to even the smallest children.
In terms of the recommended cleaning frequency of baby toys, it is important to assess how often each item is actually used. Bath toys and hard plastic items ought to get a good cleaning on a weekly basis if they are in constant rotation on the play schedule. Plush items can generally be tossed in the washer every week, and if they are not safe for the machine, they can be spot-cleaned whenever necessary. Baby toys that tend to find their way into the mouth and onto the ground ought to be sanitized every other day or so.
Toys made of plastic that have been tested for colorfastness can be effectively cleaned with commercial disinfectant wipes, a solution of half a cup of chlorine bleach mixed with a galon of water, or by using a cloth dampened with a solution containing 3% peroxide.
When using commercial wipes, make sure the surface stays wet for no less than 10 seconds, and if using a homemade bleach solution, let the item remain wet for five seconds. Then, allow enough time for air drying, a second rinse, and a subsequent air-dry before allowing children to reclaim the items.
For electronic toys, only a surface clean is possible, but this should still be a part of a regular cleaning routine. Dirt, grime, and accumulated food particles on such items can pose a health risk, so aggressive action is warranted. Luckily, a cloth dampened with soapy water, or, in cases of extreme concern, a commercial disinfectant wipe can do the job.
In the end, it really is not terribly difficult to ensure that every child’s toys are safe and disinfected. It just takes a little time, a couple of accessible products, and the diligence to stay on a regular cleaning schedule.