How to Disinfect Baby Toys Safely?

For babies, toys are little playmates which can bring countless joys. Since babies have to “close contact” with toys every day, parents will be very worried about the cleanliness of toys, especially when the coronavirus is spreading throughout the world. We know that the new coronavirus can survive on different toy surfaces for hours or even many days, but it is impossible for our baby to stop playing with toys. Children are inseparable from toys, because toys can help children develop their intelligence, mobilize their enthusiasm, and enable them to grow up healthy and happy. What we can do is sterilizing baby’s toys so as to prevent the baby from absorbing the virus from the infected toys and surfaces. There are many types of toys, but do parents really know how to disinfect baby toys to keep our babies away from viruses and bacteria? If moms and dads don’t know how to sterilize baby toys, don’t worry, we will share some tips with you in this article.

For toys of different types and materials, we should adopt different disinfection methods according to the actual situation:

How to Sanitize Plastic Baby Toys?

Among all the toys at our home, the easiest to clean ones are the plastic toys. We can put all the plastic toys in water for cleaning that the water can wash away 80% of the bacteria on the baby toys. To sanitize the plastic toys, there are two methods:

Method 1: Wiping & Exposure

    • Things What You Need to Prepare:
      Baby wipes, bottle cleaner (or fruit& vegetable cleaner, soapy water, alcohol), cotton swab.
    • Step by Step Instructions:
      We can use baby wipes to wipe the plastic toys first. Please pay special attention to small gaps when wiping the toys. Then, please use baby’s bottle cleaner or fruit and vegetable cleaner to clean the plastic toys, afterwards dry them naturally.

If there is no bottle cleaner, we can use some soapy water, and pay attention to rinse toys with water for several times. Or we can wipe the plastic toys with a cotton swab which is dipped in alcohol, and then wait for the alcohol to evaporate, and finally expose the plastic toys in the sun.

Method 2: Ultraviolet Sterilization

  • Things What You Need to Prepare:
    A quality UV sterilizer wand.
  • Step by Step Instructions:
    Use ultraviolet light to disinfect plastic toys. Ultraviolet disinfection is the use of appropriate wavelengths of ultraviolet rays to destroy the molecular structure of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) or RNA (ribonucleic acid) in microbial cells, causing growth cell death and (or) regenerative cell death, achieving sterilization effect.
    Please choose a highly rated UV sterilizer wand from the market. Use it to scan back and forth above the baby toys for 5 to 10 times with a distance of approximately 1 inch. It can kill 99.9% germs on the toys without chemicals or water. Please note that do not use ultraviolet light against the eyes or skin, otherwise it may cause burns.

How to Disinfect Plush Toys Such as Dolls?

For soft baby toys, firstly please check the cleaning instructions on the labels of toys. There are three different cleaning methods:

Method 1: Coarse Salt Adsorption

  • Things What You Need to Prepare:
    Large coarse salt or industrial salt, and a sturdy plastic bag.
  • Step by Step Instructions:
    Please put the dirty stuffed toy in the plastic bag, and put an appropriate amount of coarse salt into it, then knot and seal the plastic bag, then shake it vigorously. After a few minutes, the toy is clean and the salt in the bag has turned black. This method is suitable for plush toys of different sizes. You can also pour salt on the dirty place and rub it hard. The cleaning effect of this method is very good.

Method 2: Washing by Clean Water

  • Things What You Need to Prepare:
    Clean water, silk and wool detergent, a soft brush, bath towel.
  • Step by Step Instructions:
    We can put water and silk wool detergent in the basin first, stir the water in the basin with a general soft brush or other tools to create rich foam, and then use a soft brush to moisten the foam to clean the surface of the plush toy. Be careful not to get too much water on the brush. After brushing the surface of the plush toy, wrap the plush toy with a bath towel, and place it in a basin full of clean water for pressure washing, so that the dust and washing liquid in the plush toy can be removed. After cleaning, the soft toys must be exposed to the sun. If the fabric toys are not dried completely, it is easy to breed mold.

Method 3: Irradiating with Ultraviolet Light

  • Besides the above two methods, we can also use ultraviolet disinfection wand to disinfect the plush toys. The instructions are easy and convenient that we can sanitize soft toys within several minutes.

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How to Sterilize Wooden Toys at Home?

For wooden toys, it will be very dirty after kids have used them for a period of time. If they are washed with clean water, it is not easy to achieve the purpose of cleaning. But we can refer to the following methods to clean and disinfect the baby’s wooden toys:

Method 1: Washing by Water

  • Things What You Need to Prepare:
    Clean water, brush or rag scrub, soap powder.
  • Step by Step Instructions:
    We can buy some soap powder, and then add an appropriate amount of water, and use a small brush or rag scrub the wooden toys one by one. After the dirt on the toy is cleaned, then wash the foam on the toy with clean water, then put it in the sun for exposure.

Method 2: Wiping by Wet Wipes

  • Things What You Need to Prepare:
    Disinfecting wet wipes, alcohol. Or alcohol wet wipes.
  • Step by Step Instructions:
    Some small and exquisite wooden toys can easily cause cracking once they are soaked in water. Therefore, you can use disinfectant wipes to wipe the wooden toy 2~3 times from the surface to the inside (for the oily part, please dip a small amount of alcohol, and then wipe to remove the stain), and finally put it in a ventilated place to dry.

Note: wooden toys need to be fully dried, otherwise they may grow mold. If the baby accidentally puts the toy in the mouth, the mold may endanger the baby’s health.

How to Disinfect Metal Toys?

For metal toys, such as simulated pistols, swords, tops, animal models, robots, toy cars, etc., we also need to disinfect them regularly to kill bacteria and viruses on the metal surface.

  • Things What You Need to Prepare:
    Water, soap powder, clean cloth.
  • Step by Step Instructions:
    Prepare a basin of clean water, pour soap powder, stir to produce foam, then put the metal toy in to clean, then use clean water to remove the foam on the toy, and then use a dry cloth to dry the water, finally put it on sun exposure.

Additionally, you can also sanitize the metal baby toys by an ultraviolet sanitizing light wand.

How to Disinfect Baby’s Electronic Toys?

For the disinfection of children’s toys such as high-end electric toys and digital products such as electronic cars, talking electronic dolls, electronic organ, iPad, children’s mobile phones, telephone watches and etc., avoid using water, otherwise the toys may be damaged.

Method 1: Cleaning with Alcohol Wipes

  • Things What You Need to Prepare:
    Alcohol, sterile non-woven fabric; or alcohol wipes.
  • Step by Step Instructions:
    For sterilizing such toys, it is best to use alcohol that is easily volatiles. Therefore, it is best to prepare a clean soft cloth dipped in 75% alcohol to wipe the charged children’s toys, or wipe it directly with an alcohol wet paper towel.

Method 2: Sanitize Electronic Toys with UV Sanitizing Box

    • Things What You Need to Prepare:
      An UV sanitizing box. There are many similar products on the internet if you search the keyword in search engines or online B2C ecommerce sites. Hereof, we choose the 59S S2 UV Light Sanitizer Box for example.
    • Step by Step Instructions:
      After you open the 59S S2 box, please put the electric baby toys such as telephone watch into the box, close the box, and then press the start button for 0.5 seconds to begin ultraviolet sterilization. After 3 minutes, the 59S box will automatically shut off and you will hear a voice prompt “Sterilization Completed”. The UV box can kill germs, bacteria and impurities on the digital toys without any chemical.

How to Sanitize Baby’s Books or Paper Toys Easily?

In order to meet the children’s life needs and learning needs, we will also buy some paper items such as picture books, audio story books, word cards, learning materials for children. For the books that children often read, we also need to clean and disinfect regularly, especially when the virus is spreading widely or when the child is sick.

We can regularly expose the baby’s books and paper toys to the sun so as to kill mold and other bacteria on the paper. Sunlight disinfection is the most natural method, but it is difficult for us to disinfect toys in continuous rainy days.

How to Sanitize A Large Number of Different Baby Toys at a Time?

If there are many different types of children’s toys that need to be disinfected at home, such as books, electronic products, crawling mats, strollers, mummy bags, plush dolls, etc., if they are disinfected, washed or dried one by one, it will cost a lot of time and energy. In case like this, we can consider using ozone disinfection lamps to disinfect all the baby toys and children’s daily necessities.

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  • Things What You Need to Prepare:
    Put all the toys which you need to sanitize into the baby room, and prepare an ozone disinfection lamp. Hereof, we take the Brightinwd UV light sanitizer for example.
  • Step by Step Instructions:
    Once you receive the Brightinwd light sanitizer, please plug it to the socket, and set the disinfection time with the remote control, 15, 30 or 60 minutes, afterwards, please press the ON button on remote control. The UV light will automatically start disinfection in 30 seconds, please leave the room and close the door within 30s. When the preset disinfection time is up, the light will automatically turn off.
  • Important Notes:
    This UV light uses the ultraviolet rays and ozone to disinfect baby toys. The following points need special attention.
    ① Ultraviolet rays will burn the skin and eyes, so please do not stay in the room when the UV light is working;
    ② UV rays are also harmful to plants and pets, so please do not let plants and pets stay indoors when the light is working;
    ③ Please do not put high-end calligraphy, painting and artwork indoors, because long-term ultraviolet radiation may cause color fading;
    ④ After we finish disinfecting the baby toys, please open the window and door of baby room for at least 30 minutes of ventilation, in order to disperse the ozone.

The above different methods discuss about how to sanitize baby toys to minimize the spread of virus, bacteria, and etc. to prevent our children from disease and create a better living environment for the family.

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