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Tips for cleaning children's toys

Cleaning your child's toys will help remove germs, soiling and prolong their life cycle. Different types of toys require different methods of cleaning, depending on their composition. Here we will share with you some cleaning tips for 4 common toy types - wooden, plastic, metal and stuffed toys.

How can you clean soft toys effectively?

Soft toys are prone to accumulating dust, dirt, and germs. To keep them clean and hygienic, follow these steps:

  • Start by checking the care label on the toy for any specific cleaning instructions.
  • For machine-washable soft toys, place them in a pillowcase or laundry bag to protect them during the wash.
  • Use a gentle cycle and mild detergent to wash the toys.
  • Avoid using bleach or harsh chemicals as they can damage the fabric and colors.
  • After washing, let the toys air dry completely before giving them back to your child. Do not directly expose your soft toys to the sun or leave outside for extended periods as this will result in material fade and fiber deterioration.
  • To help soften the fur on the soft toys after washing, during the drying process they can then be carefully dried with a hair dryer using little or no heat. Using a hair dryer on a cool setting helps to separate and fluff the toys fibers, reducing stiffness.
  • In the absence of manufactures recommended care instructions, we advise surface washing only, using a mild (non-toxic) soap and rinsing clean with cold water. After washing, let the toys air dry completely before giving them back to your child.

What are the best methods to clean wooden toys?

Wooden toys require special care to maintain their beauty and durability. Here's how you can clean them:

  • Start by wiping the toys with a soft, damp cloth to remove any surface dirt or dust.
  • If the toys have stubborn stains, mix a mild soap with water and use a soft brush or cloth to gently scrub the affected areas.Do not immerse in water.
  • Make sure to dry the toys thoroughly after cleaning to prevent moisture damage.
  • For wooden toys that do not have a painted surface, you can apply a natural wood polish or beeswax to keep the toys moisturised and protected.

How should you clean plastic toys?

Plastic toys are often the easiest to clean. Follow these steps to keep them germ-free:

  • Start by checking the care label on the toy for any specific cleaning instructions.
  • Prepare a mixture of warm water and mild dish soap.
  • Dip a sponge or cloth into the soapy water and wipe down the toys, paying extra attention to any crevices or hard-to-reach areas.
  • Rinse the toys with clean water and dry them with a towel.
  • If the toys have stickers or labels, avoid submerging them in water to prevent damage.
  • Some plastic toys, including products from the Green Toys range can be placed in the dishwasher to clean and sanatise. This method of cleaning should only be used if it is included on the toys care instructions.

What is the best way to clean metal toys?

Metal toys can be cleaned effectively using the following method:

  • Mix equal parts of water and vinegar in a bowl.
  • Dip a cloth or gentle sponge into the solution and gently scrub the metal toys.
  • Rinse the toys with water and dry them thoroughly to prevent rusting.
  • If the toys have intricate designs or small parts, use a cotton swab soaked in the vinegar solution to clean those areas.

Remember, regular cleaning of toys not only keeps them looking good but also ensures the safety and well-being of your child. By following these cleaning tips, you can maintain the longevity of your child's favorite toys while keeping them hygienic and safe to play with.

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