Cleaning Baby Toys: A How-To Guide

New mothers get every kind of advice about baby care – except for keeping their child's toys clean and disinfected. With a still-developing immune system, your baby needs all the help he can get to stay healthy. Between crawling on the floor, touching anything and everything, and discovering the inside of his mouth, your baby is prone to pick up everything and put it in his mouth. This means that he is likely to ingest 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 chances of getting 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 cleaned in thedishwasher. With a little detergent and hot water, your child’s 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 driedfood or dirt. Next, use a  Dettol Disinfecting Wipe to sanitize the outside of the toy. Rinse the toy with water and dry it before letting your child play with it again. 

Larger toys:

  • Clean the surface of the toy with soap and water, wipe it with a Dettol® Disinfecting Wipe, and then rinse with water.
  • Depending on the size of the toy, 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:

  • Launder the toy with soap and hot water.
  • Depending on the type of toy, you can either air 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 to keep the shape intact.

How often should you clean them?

  • Bacteria can live up to a month on surfaces. So if your baby's toys were exposed to cooking surfaces, or if you had a big playdate with lots of other kids, you should consider cleaning the toys right away to eliminate germs.
  • Bath toys should be cleaned right after bath is offer, as leftover moisture can lead to mould and bacteria gathering on the surface.
  • Generally speaking, if no one in the household or recent visitors have been sick, and if you keep the house spotless, you can clean baby toys every couple of weeks.

If you follow these 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!