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Cleaning Your Kid's Toys

By Sara Butler

Cleaning the toys in your home is a necessary evil. A small child can create a lot more grime and dirt than their size suggests. Plus, they’re like little Petri dishes that carry around all kinds of germs. If you want to keep them and everyone else in your home healthy, then you have to take the time to clean your kid’s toys. Here are a few ways you can keep your kids’ toys clean and free from germs!

Stuffed Animals

Almost every child has a stuffed animal that is close to their heart. The problem is that stuffed animals are huge attractors of dust, dirt, and grime. You need to gather up the animals and give them a bath about once a month or any time after your child is sick. You can clean them by washing them on the delicate cycle of your washing machine in cold water. Make sure to use gentle detergent and add a half-cup of baking soda to give the cleaning process a little boost.

Books

Books are great for little kids! Board books especially are a great way to introduce your little one to reading at an early age, but you need to wipe them down with disinfectant every once in a while. It’s a good idea to do it when you first buy them (who knows where they’ve been) and about every week after that – especially the well-loved books!

Dolls – Especially the Hair

Doll hair is similar to the hair of a real person because it gets as unruly and impossible to brush pretty easily. The doll may not struggle against your efforts to brush it out like your little one does (you’d think they were dying), which is why developing a detangler for doll hair is a good option. Just use some fabric softener and water to get the tangles out and help Barbie keep her mane more manageable. Plus, it helps them to smell a little better. The body of the doll should also periodically be wiped down with a solution of vinegar and water.

Legos and Other Plastic Blocks

While you may be tempted to throw out the whole lot every time you step on one, Legos and building blocks can collect a lot of germs. Blocks get sticky and gross, so you should soak them in a gallon of hot water with a half cup of bleach added. 

Remember, cleaning your kids' toys will not only help to keep them nicer for longer, it'll keep your kids healthier too!

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