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Tips on How to Clean Baby Toys
For a quick clean
The first line of defense is selecting toys that are washable and avoiding, whenever possible, those that are porous, stuffed or generally difficult to clean. You might even consider staying away from bath toys with holes in them, as they are likely candidates for mold growth.
Scrubbing toys weekly is your safest bet, but once every other week will suffice. Clean toys according to instructions, keeping in mind that many toys can simply join your dishes in the dishwasher.
Disinfect washable colorfast plastic toys with a solution of ½ cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach2 per gallon of water. Soak for 5 minutes, rinse and air dry.
You can also sanitize toys with hard, nonporous surfaces (or plastic toys) daily by spraying with Clorox® Anywhere® Hard Surface™ Daily Sanitizing Spray.
If your child has been ill, you’ll want to disinfect hard plastic toys with Clorox® Regular-Bleach2 daily.
For dust mites, place stuffed toys in the freezer for at least a few hours. You can do this while your child is sleeping or playing at a friend’s house.
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