And how often you have to clean children's toys.
Let's not do anything: your child's toys are his most valuable possession, which is often at his side around the clock. This means that played with them, thrown around, slept, chewed on it and who knows what else will be. It doesn't take long for the beautiful, flawless teddy bear look like an messy mess. Apart from visible dirt and dirt, toys can also house germs, allergens or, worse, mold.
Different toys require different cleaning methods, not only to get them clean, but also to keep their appearance and functionality. In the following, our editorial team recommends how - and how often - you can clean toys and kill germs in order to protect your children from diseases as best as possible.
How often should you clean toys?
How often the toy has to be cleaned depends on how much it is loved (i.e. how much is played with it). These are general guidelines when your child is healthy. It is always important to clean and disinfect toys more often when your child is sick or has the flu, and to repeat the whole thing when it has recovered.
- Hard plastic and bathing toys is the most easy to care for and should be cleaned and disinfected weekly when playing every day.
- Plush animals are often machine washable and suitable for drying, so it is easy to wash them once a week (especially when children sleep with them) every second week or as needed. You can refresh non -washable plush toys if necessary.
- Electronic toys can only be cleaned superficially and should be disinfected weekly and always when a child is sick.
Baby toy, which is most frequently inserted into the child's mouth and dropped onto the floor, the most frequently must be cleaned. Clean them all one or two days. Others can be cleaned every week.
Can I Wooden toy Disinfect with vinegar?
In one word: no. Vinegar is an excellent fat and limestone remover for the household. Although it can kill some germ tribes, it is not strong enough to achieve the disinfectant effect that is required for recognition and registration by the environmental protection authority EPA. It is best if you just wash the toy in hot, foamy water.
How do you clean bathing toys and plastic toys?
Full plastic toys such as rubber rings, animal figures, building blocks and building blocks can be easily cleaned in the upper compartment of the dishwasher. That's how it's done:
- Place large toys securely between the tines of the dishwasher and put small toy parts in a power bag so that they are not whirled around by the powerful water jet.
- Choose the normal or disinfection cycle and dry the toy that is still wet out of the dishwasher, thoroughly in the air or on a towel.
But you can also disinfect or disinfect all the color-right baby and children's toys made of plastic:
- Clorox or Lysol cloths
- A cloth moistened with a 3%hydrogen peroxide solution.
- 1/2 cup of chlorine bleach and a bottle of water.
Keep the surface of the toy moist for at least 10 seconds to disinfect it with a cloth (or for the time recommended on the product label), and five minutes to disinfect it with the bleaching water solution, and let them dry it in the air. Establish a fresh bleaching solution every time. Although all of this are safe methods for cleaning, disinfection and disinfection of baby and children's toys, you should still flush it thoroughly with warm water after air drying and let it dry again in the air. In this way, all remains of the cleaning solution are removed.
Remember: Bathing toys with holes in the ground is particularly problematic. When the water builds up in it, mold forms. Even with toy tanks made of mesh tissue, not enough air can circulate to completely dry the toy in it.
It is the safest way to use hollow toys with holes - even rubber ducks - in the bathtub. If you still do it, shake or press out as much water as possible and let it dry in the air thoroughly after each use. If you ever see mold in a toy or mold comes out when you shake or squeeze it out, throw the toy away immediately.
How to clean plush toys in the washing machine
Color -like, single -color plush toys and fabric books can usually be easily cleaned in the washing machine. Robust plush toys can be washed and dried in the gentle rash if your machine has one. However, many plush toys are provided with care labels, so that it is advisable to find out more about the manufacturer's cleaning recommendations, especially if the toy is new. How to clean them in the washing machine:
- First place the plush toys in a pillow cover to protect them and knot the top.
- Choose the gentle wash, warm water and a slow spinning.
- Dry the toy (in the pillow cover) in the dryer at a low level. If your dryer has a frame, take the toy out of the pillow cover and put it on the frame to dry without spinning.
- If you want to take it easier, use a hair dryer with low heat and speed level. If the teddy is just moist, switch the hair dryer to the middle level so that the fur loosen up.
Remember: Never wash plush toys with built -in batteries, noise makers or other metal parts, as the water can damage them. Make sure that all decorations and buttons sit firmly and that all cracks and holes are repaired.
How do you clean plush toys that cannot be washed?
Some toys only tolerate hand washing. Before you put a toy in the washing machine, check the color fastness of all fabrics and decorations with a drop of water. If the color is bleeding out when you dab down the drop with a paper towel, you shouldn't wash it in the machine. Instead, clean it with one stain. You should also wash sensitive plush toys that can only be cleaned superficially. So you can wash soft toys by hand and clean them on site:
- Immerse yourself in a cloth in a warm, frothy solution and clean the entire toy.
- Rinse with a cloth that you dipped in clear water and wrung well.
- Let the toy dry in the air or use a hair dryer to accelerate the drying and refresh the fur.
- In order to remove bacteria, dust mites and other allergens from the plush toy without washing it, you can slowly clean it with a steam jet and then suck them out thoroughly with the vacuum cleaner attachment.
How to clean electronic toys
Just like the remote control of your television, electronic toys can usually only be cleaned superficially. First switch off the toy and separate it from the power grid, or take out the batteries (but put the cover of the battery compartment back) before cleaning it. That's how it works:
- Wipe the toy with a clean, warm soapy water dipped and well -wrung cloth to remove dirt and dirt.
- Wipe particularly thoroughly over sticky spots, around buttons and in scratches, and make sure that no liquid penetrates the electrical components.
- Rinse it off with a clean, damp and well -wrung cloth and let it dry in the air.
- To kill bacteria and viruses on the surface, use a disinfection cloth, an alcohol cloth or dip a clean cloth in a mixture of four teaspoons of chlorine bleach and a liter of water. Wrang the cloth well and wipe the toy.
Make sure that the surface remains damp for five minutes or the time specified on the label of the cloth, and let it dry in the air. If the toy could get into your child's mouth, rinse it well with a damp, clean cloth and let it dry again in the air.