Children are notorious for sticking things in their mouth. Everything goes in at least once and it could even be deemed a rite of passage for household items.

Their toys are no exception.

It can be an easy way for your kids to pick up germs and illnesses, which can be harmful to their health.

Cleaning your kid’s toys regularly is a perfect way to avoid sickness and keep your house in tip-top shape.

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So, how should you clean your kid’s toys?

Step 1:

clean your kid’s toys with soap and water. That’s it. You don’t need to worry about special antibacterial soap; plain old dish soap is perfect for the job.

For small plastic toys you can do this in the kitchen sink with a fresh sponge or cloth.

But, for those with a dishwasher, you’re in luck! Small toys that don’t require batteries can be placed in the dishwasher with dish detergent. This doubles as a sanitising agent, which saves you time in the long run.

Step 2:

after the toys are clean they need to be sanitised to kill off any germs that may still be present.

You can make a sanitising solution at home with water and household liquid bleach. Simply dilute one tablespoon of bleach to one litre of water.

Once you have your sanitising solution, take the clean toys and tip them into the solution. Don’t rinse the toys after they have been dipped, instead pop them onto a dish rack and allow to air dry.

If the toy you are cleaning contains batteries or is too large to dip into the solution, wipe the solution over the toy with a clean cloth and allow to air dry.

Remember to take all batteries out of toys before washing them!

Step 3:

try and maintain a tight schedule of toy cleaning to keep your home disease free. It may be ideal to implement a rule of cleaning them at the end of each month to ensure you remember.

Additionally, toys should also be cleaned when they are first soiled, if your child has been sick, or after a play date with other kids who may have put the toys into their mouths.

Following these three steps should ensure that your kid’s toys remain germ free and safe for everyone.

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