A 2015 study conducted by Dettol antiseptic revealed that up to 80% cuddly toys used by our child tend to harbor harmful bacteria.
The test further shows that one out of four such toys is contaminated by feces…
And 1/5 of them are never watched are watched only after a kid gets ill.
Quite terrifying, right?
But don’t panic; you don’t need to throw your kids toys after reading this (and deny them their happiness) because I’m about to guide you through some useful tips on how to correctly disinfect your kid’s toys and make them safe for them all-day, all-year round.
Let’s get started ASAP!
How To Disinfect Your Kids Toys
Before we begin, let me assure you that this is the simplest task you’ve ever done. So it will not consume much of your time or resources.
Now, the entire process involves two primary stages, namely cleaning and sanitizing.
Cleaning, as you can guess, implies scrubbing the toys using the regular dish soap and some water. This step helps get rid of most of the grime and grease and wash away many germs that might affect your children’s health.
The reason you need to thoroughly clean the surfaces of these toys I because the grime and grease can hide the germs and make the following step ineffective…
Sanitization, the second and the last process, involves using some sanitizing solution to kill all the bacteria attaching to your kid’s toys. For your sanitation needs, you don’t need to purchase the expensive sanitizers; I’ll show you how to make one from the comfort of your home.
Add a tablespoon of bleach in a quart of water OR a ¼ of bleach in one gallon of water. This results in an inexpensive, effective sanitizer which is 100% safe for cleaning your kid’s toys.
And if you have some bucks to spend, you can look for effective sanitizers at your local stores. Just ensure they’re non-toxic!
Once you’ve disinfected your toys with your disinfectant solution, lay them out to dry before allowing the kids to use them again.
I told you, it’s a simple, fast exercise! (unless your child owns all the toys in the world)
Different types of toys requires different cleaning and sanitizing methods
Kids’ toys come in a range of varieties- from the large to small ones, metal to plastic, soft to tough fabric, etc.
Should you disinfect all of them using the process we’ve just discussed above?
This is how you should work on each category of toys:
Soft toys: here, were talking of teddies and plushies. All you need to do to keep them from harmful bacteria is tossing them in your washing machine, adding your favorite laundry detergent, and then running the cycle hot. Afterward, dry them in the dryer (ensure they’re 101% dry to prevent the formation of molds).
If you fear that such toys might contain dust mites-notorious allergens- you can stick them in your freezer overnight.
Squeeze toys: I know your kid loves this one! He/she will squeeze that duck toy the whole day and keenly listen to the tune of the sound that comes out of it.
Now, to ensure that your kid enjoys using such toys without falling ill, you first need to wash it thoroughly using some soap and water. Then soak it in your disinfectant solution for up to 5minutes.
Ensure you suck up the sanitizer solution and swish it around the inside of the toys. Finally, rinse them toys with hot water and put lay them out to dry.
Bath toys: talk of that turtle, fish, boat toys, etc…if you think that you don’t need to disinfect them because they’re in water all day long, think again. They’re also bacteria bombs that you need to sanitize properly.
The process involves wiping their outer surfaces with some disinfectant wipes, then rinse them and leave them for up to 1 week to completely dry.
Small toys: if you’ve got the small plastic toys around your house, you just need to run them through your dishwasher, and they’re safe for your kids. However, only toys that don’t use batteries should be run through the dishwasher. Afterward, dry them out completely before giving them back to the children.
Large toys: these might prove too big to fit in your wash. Others use batteries, like the RC toys, and using them in water will destroy their functionality. So you can simply clean them using some disinfectant wipes… then rinse and dry them completely before your kids get them back.
When is the right time to sanitize them?
Because we’ve said that kids’ toys can harbor dangerous bacteria and germs does not mean you should wash every hour or every day…
When will your children enjoy playing with them if you wash them every day?
You just need to ensure you clean them on a regular basis, probably once in a month.
However, if the toys appear grimy, don’t wait until the months is over. Wash them instantly to prevent the bacteria present from finding their way into your children’s body.
Bonus Tip: Observing good hygiene in your kids can go a long way in reducing the toys’ contamination. Always ensure they wash their hand with soap and water after… this would be even more efficient if you wash their hands after eating, wiping a running nose, after using the bathroom, etc.
The toys that make your kids happy can also make your kids dangerously ill. It has been proven that most of these toys accommodate germs that might adversely affect the health of your child. However, you can prevent all this by making sure you disinfect all your little ones toys on a regular basis (once every month). For the best results, be sure to use an effective sanitizer, and follow all our tips above when handling different toys.