Toy Cleaning

Toy Cleaning

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Our playroom is in full-time use! Madalyn is loving pulling out all of the baskets and dumping out the toys everywhere. One basket of toys at a time, just isn’t enough for her! ūüôā

I don’t know about you, but our family has been sick with some sort of cold/cough/blah-ness the last few weeks. I am a clean-a-holic, but I¬†have not been super¬†strict about keeping to a system¬†for cleaning Maddy’s toys. She is usually the only one playing with them, so I figure, what is the point? I’m going to clean it, and she is going to go right ahead and put it back in her mouth! (Note: The exception to this would be had she spit up on a toy,¬†or if I noticed a¬†dirty toy, I would definitely clean it up!) Given how sick she had been, I decided that it would probably be a good idea to just go ahead and clean everything.

I grabbed all her toys together and began!

I separated the toys into three categories: (1) toys that could go into the washing machine (2) toys that could be soaked in the sink, and (3) everything else.

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(1) Washing Machine: I¬†washed all of¬†her stuffed animals that didn’t have batteries or sound, or any other item on them that would make them a bad candidate for the washing machine. For her stuffed animals that were more delicate, I¬†place them¬†into a pillowcase before putting them in the washing machine. I washed everything on the gentle/delicate cycle and used cold water, to prevent color-bleeding between toys. I dried everything on the normal drying cycle, but I ran the dryer three times through the cycle to ensure that even the inner core of those stuffed animals was super dry. Damp stuffed animals = breeding ground for germs!

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(2) Soaking Toys: I filled the sink with Dawn dish soap and really hot water. I put all of her toys that could soak in the sink (i.e. anything that wouldn’t retain water or didn’t have batteries, etc.)¬†in and allowed them to soak until the water started to cool, but wasn’t completely cold. I rinsed them all off and set them on towels to dry on the counter. I let them air-dry overnight, to ensure that there was no remaining water on them before I stored them away.

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(3) Everything Else:¬†For the remaining toys, I used my trusty toy cleaner: BabyGanics¬†“Toy and Highchair Cleaner.” I have used this since Madalyn was a newborn, and it is so convenient! You just spray it on, and wipe it off with a paper towel or clean cloth. I love using it on the toys that can’t be immersed in water. It also has the added bonus of being a green cleaner, which although I don’t only use green cleaning products, it’s a nice touch! I feel better about using it on things Maddy will put into her mouth, since I know the chemicals in it are clean. If you don’t have a cleaner like this that you use, you could mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle and it would work much the same way. For stuffed animals and cloth toys that weren’t put into the washing machine and that I didn’t want to spray with this cleaner, I used a cloth with Dawn soap and warm water and rubbed them down. I laid these all these toys out on a towel to dry overnight, as well.

While the toys were drying, I wiped down all of her toy baskets with Dawn soap and a warm. wet cloth. It would seem pointless to put all of her clean toys into the bins they had been in, without first cleaning them. I also allowed these to air-dry overnight.

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Phew! Toys are clean…if only until she wakes up in the morning!

xo,

Abby

 

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Playroom Project: Part Four

Playroom Update

Downstairs Playroom

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