Parents, it is VERY important to keep your children’s toys clean and keep the germs away. Regularly disinfecting toys can be helpful in the spreading of germs/viruses. In my home, I wipe down all the toys Aaron plays with daily and do a massive clean up on the weekends.
It’s quite simple and doesn’t take up much time. Here are a few examples:
For Aaron’s smaller sized toys, I start by filling a large basin with warm water and adding a bit of soap. Place the toys in the basin and let it sit for a couple of minutes. I then use a washcloth to clean each toy followed by rinsing each toy with cold water. I then lay them on a clean surface to dry.
For his toys that are battery operated. I start with taking out the batteries followed by wiping each today down. In this instance, I do not submerge the toys in water as you do not want to destroy the toys. I use a spray bottle filled with warm water and soap and lightly spray the toy and quickly white it down using a dry washcloth.
On plush toys. It depends. There are days I throw it in the washing machine and let it air dry or I use a handheld vacuum to clean the toy. It depends on if it’s a plush today he brings out daily or one that is just sitting in a corner.
For pacifier/teether. I always have a pacifier wipe around. PACIFIER wipe not just a regular wipe. Whether at home or on the go, they are very handy. For at home use, you can either purchase a sterilizer or just go the old school way by filling a bowl with warm water and a bit of soap. Soaking the pacifier/teether and even bottles in the water followed by rinsing them throughly.
I will recommend purchasing the Milton mini portable soother sterilizer for on the go.
There are a ton of baby-friendly cleaning products that I recommend you use. You can find the list on NYMAG.com.They are safe and made specifically to not be harmful on babies/toddlers. They are also safe for the environment.
EVERYBODY CLEAN UP, clean up! EVERYBODY CLEAN UP, clean up! Everybody clean up. Time to clean up.