Cleaning Children's Toys

I am looking for a safe and effective way to clean children's toys on a daily or weekly basis. We have four children (in three different schools) so lots of opportunity for sharing germs. Also, our youngest is one and puts EVERYTHING (and I mean EVERYTHING) in her mouth, so I need a cleaning method that is safe for her, too. Thanks so much for your help!

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Crista from Grandville, MI

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January 13, 20070 found this helpful

Disinfecting/Antibacterial wipes are fine for toys that cannot be submerged in water. If you can submerge them, fill a plastic tub 1/2 full of warm water with about 1/2-1 cup of bleach and let them soak. Bleach is by far the best sanitizer even today.

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January 13, 20070 found this helpful

Put them in your dishwasher, top rack away from the heating element. stuffed toys can hit the washing machine.

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January 14, 20070 found this helpful

I like this new Clorox Anywhere Hard Surface spray---it doesn't smell funky and says its safe to use on anything!!!

I use it alot on my son's booster seat tray.

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January 14, 20070 found this helpful

Bleach is the best-- a 10% solution will kill HIV. I envision a spray bottle with the mixture. Plus, within 24 hours, the bleach combines with the air and goes away. Probably you could rotate the kids toys to allow the bleach to do it's thing.

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May 28, 20070 found this helpful

I use a mild soap and water solution when washing stuffed toys. I really like the idea of disinfecting them. Won't bleach ruin the toys (discolor them or some kind)?

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May 17, 20080 found this helpful

You actually only need 2 tsp of bleach for every gallon of water. Using more bleach does not kill any more germs. Just wastes bleach and causes stronger fumes.

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