Keep the Germs Away: How to Clean and Disinfect Children’s Toys

disinfect-childrens-toys-helpFor parents, there isn’t anything more important than keeping their children safe. Did you know that children’s toys are a common carrier and spreader of germs? No fear—you can easily clean and sanitize toys to help curb the spread of illness.

Following a good toy cleaning routine

Child care centers have rigorous health requirements on how to sanitize children’s toys.  But at home we tend to forget how dirty toys can get, even from just one child. For example, think of how often children like to stick things in their mouths, then pick up one toy after another. It’s a good thing they’re cute, because they can unwittingly be big-time germ disseminators while happily at play. Fortunately, the basic steps below will help prevent your child’s toys from spreading germs:

Regular hand washing: Since children put their hands on pretty much everything, it’s important to try and stop the spread of germs at ground zero—on their hands. However, while regular hand washing can help cut down on the spread of illness, it isn’t the only line of defense.

Cleaning toys: Simple soap and water can do a great job of removing dirt, slobber, and spit-up on children’s toys. This is also key to removing some germs. It’s recommended that you clean toys when you see obvious dirt on them, as well as after your child has been sick or has had a play date with other children.

It’s also a smart idea to conduct a good basic washing at least once a month. Most plastic toys can be washed in either the dishwasher or by hand. Fabric toys and equipment can be washed in the laundry with soap and water.

Disinfect too: After cleaning, it’s important to disinfect the toys. Cleaning removes dirt, impurities and some germs, but disinfecting can get to the harmful unseen organisms that include Norovirus, Rhinovirus, MRSA, Staph, E. coli, Salmonella and more!

Some websites may recommend bleach for sanitizing. A safer option is Odor Smarts Disinfectant pouch. Its ClO2 is gentle, environmentally aware, and leaves no residue. The disinfectant pouch will kill up to 99.99999% of the harmful microbes we mentioned, plus mold, mildew, and viruses. In fact, Odor Smarts has 200x more microbial killing power than household bleach, but will not harm fabrics, tabletops, toys or other surfaces.  And unlike bleach, its neutral pH is also gentle enough not to harm or irritate your skin. Simply spray the solution on toys after cleaning and allow to air-dry.

More information for cleaning and sanitizing children’s toys

If you’d like to learn more ways to clean and sanitize your children’s toys, the sites below offer helpful advice:

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When you decide it’s time to go on an anti-germ offensive in your children’s playroom, consider using a simple, gentle soap for basic cleaning. And for an effective, safe, and easy-to-use disinfecting solution, visit to make sure germs are eliminated once and for all.

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