Cleaning and disinfecting baby toys is an important part of keeping your little one safe and healthy. Some toys may be labeled as dishwasher safe, such as baby rattles, plastic blocks, large plastic pegs, plastic shape sorting parts and some bath toys. These can be placed on the top rack of the dishwasher with hot water and soap to disinfect and clean them. Other plastic toys can also be placed in the dishwasher, as long as they don't have batteries, fabric or technology that isn't waterproof.
When using a dishwasher, put the toys in the softest position and use natural washing detergent. If your dishwasher includes an option for a disinfection cycle, you can use it to help kill germs, especially during cold and flu season. It's also important to follow the toy manufacturer's guidelines when cleaning or disinfecting. For toys that cannot be put in the dishwasher, such as cloth toys like teddy bears and baby dolls, it's important to wash them regularly with hot water and dish detergent.
To ensure that the cleaning product is not harmful to your baby, check the color fastness of all fabrics and ornaments on the toy with a drop of water. When it comes to how often you should clean baby toys, it's best to do so after your baby has become sick or if you have invited another child to a play date. Additionally, if you ever see mold inside a toy or mold comes out when you shake or squeeze it, throw away the toy immediately. Cleaning and disinfecting your baby's toys is an important part of keeping them safe and healthy.
By following these tips on how to clean baby toys safely and effectively, you can keep your house as clean and germ-free as possible.