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Old 02-15-2009, 01:11 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I just realized that I haven't ever really cleaned my 3 year old's toys. But now that my 6 month old daughter is putting everything in her mouth, it's making me worry! What's the best way to clean them all easily? I was thinking of putting them in a bathtub, but what soap/cleaner would be effective in getting grime/dirt/germs and whatever else is on there off, but still be safe to put in a baby's mouth?
I'm talking about little action figures, legos, cars, animals - mostly plastic items.
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I don't really worry about washing our toys unless they are visibly dirty. The ones that do need a wash usually just get a damp rag to them. We have put things like Legos, and play kitchen toys etc in the dishwasher. Usually after they end up in the toilet and require more than a wipe down.

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I use a spray bottle filled with white vinegar and tea tree oil.

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When my kids were younger I was a little fanatic about cleaning their toys. I used Restore’s Kinder Kleen in a spray bottle. However, PatienceAndLove’s idea of vinegar and tto would work just as well and w/b what I would do now if I actually cleaned toys!

I have a friend who washed all her babys'/toddlers' toys every night in a soapy bathtub if they c/b submerged and if not she wiped them down. She used dish soap.
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You could put your 3 yr old to work at bathtime with a load of toys, let them play and wash at the same time. Keep the clean ones seperated until you guys get all the toys washed.

Hint about legos, they make a huge racket if you wash them in the washing machine. Howerever you decide to wash them make sure you seperate the pieces when you are done because they hold water when they are put together. Same with the animals with holes... if you submerge them and they have a hole in them they can get extra yucky because you can't get all the water out, may want to just wipe down the surface of them or do a quick dunk in water.

Be careful with the cars if they are the little matchbox sized ones, we have had so many wheels come off those things I would be afraid to have them around a 6 month old.

For soap, I would use whatever you use for dishes or to wash the kids in.
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I also use vinegar in a spray bottle along with a toothbrush - totally safe. I actually use a lot of vinegar, baking soda, lemon, and hydrogen peroxide. All of these will not harm if they are used to clean things that babies/toddlers suck on and put into their mouths.
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The only time I wash the kids' toys is when they're visibly dirty or when another kid who was sick came over to play.

Oh, and when we buy used toys we clean them with dishwashing soap first.
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