How to Clean Baby Toys

Keeping your child's toys clean and disinfected is some of the best but often unheard of advice for new mothers. With a still-developing immune system, babies needs all the help they can get when it comes to staying healthy. Between crawling on the floor, touching anything and everything, and discovering the inside of their mouths, babies can pick up and spread germs and illnesses easily. A bit of advice for new mothers: Your little ones love to play, but their favourite toy might be a cesspool for germs. Reduce your child's chance of getting sick and let Lysol® help you learn how to clean baby toys properly.

Your child's toys come in all shapes and sizes so how to clean baby toys depends on the type.

Small toys:

• The dishwasher: Small plastic toys that don't have batteries can be placed in your dishwasher. With a little detergent and hot water, your toys will be both cleaned and sanitized.

• By hand: For small plastic toys that do have batteries, clean the outside of the toy with warm soap and water, making sure to scrape off any stuck on food or dirt. Next use a Lysol® Disinfecting Wipe to sanitize the outside. Rinse the toy with water and dry before handing the toy back to baby.

Larger toys:

• Clean the surface with soap and water, wipe with a Lysol® Disinfecting Wipe, and then rinse with water.

• Depending on the size, it may be easier to use Lysol® All-Purpose Cleaner Trigger, or Lysol® Power & Free Multi-Purpose Cleaner and then rinse with water after usage. Please follow label directions.

Fabric toys:

• Wash in the laundry with soap and hot water.

• Depending on the type of toy, you can either hang dry it or place it in the dryer.

• If you're worried about its stuffing clumping, place it in the dryer with a batch of new tennis balls.

How often should you clean them?

• Bacteria can live up to a month on surfaces, so if your baby's toys were exposed to surfaces where food is eaten or prepared, or if you had a big playdate with lots of other kids, you should consider cleaning toys right away to eliminate germs.

• Bath toys should be cleaned right after bath time, as remaining moisture can lead to mold and bacteria gathering.

• Generally speaking though, if no one in the household or recent visitors have been sick, you can clean baby toys every couple of weeks.

If you follow our tips and tricks for cleaning baby toys, your little one should be able to enjoy a virtually germ-free playtime—which means its worry-free time for you!