No adult can make the things dirty like children stain their toys. Porridge, sand, liquid mud from the puddle, ballpoint pens – you can find anything! To rinse a bear in the toilet, pour a glass of juice on it, and then put it in the mouth – these are very common things among children. Cleaning toys is a big problem for every mother.
ATTENTION! Before you wash or clean the toys make sure that the cleaning agent contains only safe ingredients for your children's health. It is important to avoid the use of chlorine and other hazardous chemicals. It is often easier and safer to make a homemade detergent.
How to Clean Stuffed Toys at Home
General rules for soft toys washing
- Toys filled with beads (anti-stress and for fine motor skills) should be washed only by wet method. It is not recommended to wash them in the machine: even strong, at first glance, joints can disperse. As a result, you can spoil both toy and the machine.
- If there are batteries (in musical toys), first carefully undo the seams and pull out the battery. Then sew it again (with large stitch, to prevent the filler from falling out), wash the most appropriate way and dry. Next, put the battery back and carefully sew.
- You can apply alcohol or dishwashing detergent with a sponge on the grease stains.
- Playthings of jersey and velour (without accessories, balls, batteries and plastic parts) are allowed to be washed in a machine. Pack them in a laundry net. If there are ribbons, hats, and other similar items they will also remain in the net if they come off.
- You must not use chemical means. Only baby shampoo or soap are allowed.
- After cleaning, you should rinse the toy to remove the remnants of soap powder or soda.
- It is impossible to pull out the batteries from some musical toys. There are options where musical blocks that are drawn along the entire length, including legs and head. In this case, you cannot remove the battery without damaging the product. Therefore, the only method of cleaning is a dry or wet one. No machine washing!
Do not forget to sanitize baby toys with a special germicidal lamp.
The method is suitable for medium-sized playthings.
- Take a large plastic bag. Put the toy in it.
- Put baking soda or starch there (for 2–3 average items, you need ½ cup).
- Tightly tie the bag and shake vigorously a few minutes.
- Take out the toy and shake off the soda with dirt.
ADVICE! Gently vacuum large toys, changing the usual wide nozzle for the one geared for upholstered furniture. If it is possible to change the suction mode, lower the level, not to accidentally “suck” eyes, noses, and other details.
For felted playthings
- Soap a cloth with baby soap.
- Squeeze it and carefully wipe all stains.
- Take a clean cloth, moisten it in water (without soap), squeeze, and clean the toy again.
- Put the toy on the window sill or a dryer.
For toys with glued parts (noses, eyes, ribbons) and beads inside
- Pour water into a small bowl.
- Pour baby shampoo and beat until thick high foam.
- Apply the foam to sponge and start cleaning, trying not to wet the toy completely.
- Wipe with a damp cloth.
- Blot with a towel.
- Dry, putting the toy on a linen cloth or a radiator.
- Gently comb the plush wool.
If there are yellow spots (they appear from time to time), then pour lemon juice on the stain and dry the plaything in the sun.
Small toys that dry quickly, amenable to manual squeezing and do not have a lot of small parts, can be washed by hand in the following manner.
- Pour warm water into a basin.
- Soap the things with baby soap and leave to soak for 10 minutes.
- If necessary, rub with a brush (if the texture allows).
- Rinse the toys, squeeze, hang to dry, put onto the dryer or in the sun.
How to wash stuffed toys in a washing machine
ADVICE! Carefully read the label. Not everything is machine washable. Check for the musical blocks, batteries, ball fillers, open seams. If you can take out something, do it.
- Put the toy in a laundry net.
- Wash with delicate mode. Use only children's powder!
- Increase the number of rinsing at least by 1 rinse.
- Water temperature should not be more than 30 degrees. If there is a risk that the plaything is already infested with dust mites then start with 60 degrees (after studying the label!).
- Do not squeeze the toy in the machine in order not to damage it and keep in shape. Just drain the water and squeeze the toy using terry towels.
Dry the toy up in the air or on the radiator. Dry knitted toys in a horizontal position.
How to clean the stuffed toys from mites using frost
If your toys so old that still remember your farewell party, you can be sure – there are dust mites. Do not panic, do not rush to throw them out – you can deal with the mites with cold!
- Wash small toys at temperatures above 60 degrees above Celsius.
- If they are not washable then put them in a package and then – into the freezer overnight. Or for two nights, just to be sure.
- Put big toys into the balcony, carefully vacuum and leave in the cold for a night or two.
If, the winter is far away, put the toy into the closet – your children should not play with things infested with dust mites.
How to Clean Plastic and Wooden Toys
Mostly, hard toys fall into this category. When your child is in the stage of "putting everything into his mouth" you may want to wipe infant toys every time. Just think how items of children's games are lying on the floor most of the time. In addition, you can find remains of saliva and even bits of food if the child has eaten before the game. And, it happens, that your dog can be interested in dolls or a colorful cube. So, learn how to wash plastic and wooden playthings properly.
- Mix a glass of water and a glass of white wine vinegar. Pour the solution into a spray bottle, sprinkle a little on the cloth, and then wipe the toys. Vinegar smell disappears completely after drying. Vinegar does not leave any traces, but it perfectly cleans and disinfects. Vinegar is edible; however, you can also use it to get rid of different stains the house.
- You can put all playthings into the bath and shower them. If you need to scrub old stains, for instance, from a three-day-old porridge, then after a 10-minute soaking, rub the stains with a sponge soaked in a dishwashing detergent. Cleaning toys with bleach is not recommended!
- If you need to clean bath toys of durable plastic (like Lego), then you can do it in a dishwasher with the most powerful mode. Do not afraid that paint from you kid’s octopus or a duck will peel as toys made for games in the water are more durable than usual ones. In addition, dishwashing helps to get rid of limescale and even rust. If it does not work the first time then run the machine the second time.
Do not neglect your kids’ toys. Regular cleaning and washing will keep not only their good state, but also, most importantly, the health of the children.
Author: Anna Wallace