Giving birth to a baby is the greatest and yet caring for your baby is the most important for its growth. You and your friends and relatives may have bought a lot of toys for your baby. Of course, it is good for the baby to play with its toys. But, you have to clean the toys properly or otherwise they can become dangers to your baby.
If you are a mother, it is not difficult for you to notice that babies always put their hands, toys and everything they grabbed into their mouths. It is not because your baby is naughty as suckling is their inborn reflex action. But the problem with this reflex action lies on the germs and bacteria that accumulated on the baby toys. Some mothers have already developed a good habit of regular cleaning of baby toys. But, they use soapy water and bleach to clean them. Soapy water and bleach are chemicals and obviously their residues can be harmful to babies.
Instead of harmful chemicals, there are natural ways to clean the baby toys. Most natural cleaners are editable and can be found in your kitchen. Also, they are inexpensive and easy to use. For baby toys, the best and simplest natural cleaners that I recommend are baking soda and white vinegar. These two natural cleaners are suitable for most of your baby toys like plastic toys and stuffed toys (except the very expensive stuffed ones).
To clean the baby’s plastic toys, simply soak them in the sink with water and vinegar mixture (1 to 1 portion). Scrub the toys with a clean sponge to remove all the greases and stains. Finally, let them dry in air. If the plastic toys contain batteries (or it you are busy), you cannot soak them into vinegar. But, you can use the mixture to wipe clean the toys.
Cleaning stuffed toys is not significantly different from cleaning plastic toys. You can simple use vinegar and baking soda to clean them. First, instead of laundry powder, sprinkle baking soda onto the stuffed toys. Allow the baking soda to work for around 10 -15 minutes. Then you can soak them into water. When you rinse the toys, add some vinegar to the water. If you wash the stuffed toys with washing machine, you can add around 3 cupful of vinegar during the rinsing cycle. Be reminded that vinegar may not be suitable for washing expensive or delicate stuffed toys made of wool.
How often should I clean the baby toys is a very good question to ask. There is no absolute answer and it totally depends on your available time. My suggestion is you should clean them at least once a week. But, if you notice that your baby catches a cold or suffers from diarrhea, you may have to clean your baby toys more often. Also, if your baby always share toys with other kids, you may wish to clean the toys immediately after their playing to prevent cross contamination.