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The Complete Guide to Cleaning Your Baby's 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, your baby needs all the help he can get when it comes to staying germ free. Between crawling on the floor, touching anything and everything, and discovering the inside of his mouth, your baby can pick up and spread germs and illnesses easily. A bit of advice for new mothers: Your little one loves to play but his favorite toy might be a cesspool for germs. Reduce your child's chance of catching sick and let Dettol 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 Dettol Disinfecting Wipe to sanitize the outside. Wipe the toy with water and dry before handing the toy back to baby.

Larger toys:

Clean the surface with soap and water, then wipe with either a Dettol Disinfecting Wipe or depending on the size, it may be easier to use Dettol Multi-Purpose Cleaner, or Dettol 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, place it in the dryer or, if you're worried about stuffing clumping, place it in the dryer with a batch of new tennis balls (this makes sure that the inner stuffing doesn't clump).

Now that you know how to clean your baby's toys, learn about Nesting During Pregnancy and 5 Simple Steps to Prevent Germs from Crashing Baby’s Dinner.

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