After the pandemic hit us, all of us are extra careful about keeping our surfaces clean especially if we have a baby at home. Toys are no exceptions as our children are always in close contact with those objects. Cleaning their toys in ways that are not dangerous to them is something you want to make sure. Here are a few Covid-19 cleaning tips for cleaning the toys of your children
Covid-19 Cleaning Tips
What Should You Clean Toys With?
Do not use any harsh cleaners for washing toys as children are always likely to put these toys in their mouth. Start by wiping the toys with a wet sponge and soaking the soft toys in a solution made using half cup of regular bleach and one gallon of water. You can scrub the toys after five minutes followed by rinsing with warm water. Make sure that you let the toys dry thoroughly before your child starts to play with them again. You can also use chemical-free cleaners, the only thing is that you’ll have to leave the surfaces wet for ten minutes to get the best results of cleaning.
How to Clean Plush Toys?
Most plush toys are suitable for machine-wash, so the job gets easier. Place the soft toys inside a pillowcase and tie it to protect them. You can use warm water and a detergent to clean them on a gentle cycle and slow spin. Drying toys are easy if you use a dryer on a low-heat setting. You can choose to air-dry the toys. Whatever your choice be, make sure that the toys are thoroughly dried.
You’ll have to wash toys that are not suited for machine-washing with your hand. Always check the label of toys for this. Dip a cloth in a solution of warm soapy water and wash the toys with it, and let them air-dry. Use a garment steamer and vacuum the plush toys with an upholstery attachment if you prefer to kill the bacteria without washing them.
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How to Clean Electronic Toys?
Be careful to treat toy electronics the way you treat other electronics at home. Do not use any harsh chemicals or liquids to clean such toys no matter how dirty they look. You can clean them using a cloth dipped in warm soapy water to wipe their surface. Cleaning plastics are also similar, just make sure that the cleaner doesn’t get into the cracks and nooks of the toys. You can let the toys air dry after keeping them wet for five minutes.
The frequency of washing toys entirely depends on how often and how much time your child plays with them. However, clean the hard plastic toys at least once a week. You might have to increase it to two times a week and even once a day to keep the chance of having infections away.
How Often Should You Wash the Toys?
You can choose to wash the soft toys once a week. You can also wash them mid-weak if your child is good without these toys. Following these steps to clean the toys is likely to keep your child away from infections, but it is also important to make them wash their hands more often to keep them clean and healthy.
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