Once you have kids, you begin looking at your home in a different way. Is this safe enough for baby? What if he puts his stuffed toy in his mouth? You begin looking at things around the home, particularly his toy cabinet, that can be potentially harmful. What he is in most contact with, for example, are ones that can raise the most concern – his toys. They can attract dust and dirt, but cleaning them with bleach or the usual detergent is a big no-no. Typical household cleaners usually contain chlorine bleach, powerful in killing mold, virus, fungus and bacteria, but also harmful to our health. Chlorine’s fumes can cause headaches, sting skin and eyes, and result to health issues when exposed long-term.
Thankfully, there are several eco-friendly ways to give your children’s toys a good cleaning, ways that are safe and natural. Here are three ways you can try cleaning your kids’ toys the natural way.
Distilled white vinegar and water can go a long way. This is one of the most basic, and eco-friendly ways, to give toys a good scrubbing. Think about your baby’s teethers, his wooden toys, plastic amusements. These toys are usually on the shelf or on the floor, and your children can easily put them in their mouths, especially when they are at that stage. Not only are these toys covered in dust, they could get covered in baby’s saliva too! Think about all the germs as well from every hand that has held the toy!
Prepare the water and vinegar solution and get started cleaning. Mix together 1 cup of water and 1 cup of distilled white vinegar. Put it in a spray bottle. Done! Spray the solution onto a cloth and use that to wipe the toys and the cabinet. Lay them out on clean towels to air dry before putting them back in the toy cabinet. Use this same solution to spray toy shelves.
If you’re worried about the vinegar smell, note that the scent goes away after it dries. You can also add herbs like rosemary or lavender oil to neutralize the strong vinegar smell.
Use undiluted vinegar to clean high-germ areas such as the diaper bin, door knobs, bath mats and counters, tile or linoleum floors, baby’s playmats. With baby playing on the floor frequently, a little vigilance can go a long way!
Vinegar is a natural disinfectant. White vinegar in supermarkets with 5 percent concentration can kill about 80 percent of germs. Stock up on these not just for salads, but for cleaning the home!
Ideal for food AND cleaning!
Tea tree oil has a clean, invigorating smell that makes it great for cleaning toys. It is also known for its antibacterial properties, so tea tree oil can naturally disinfect baby’s playthings. Add 8 to 10 drops of tea tree oil in warm water. Use a cloth to wipe it on the toy. Afterwards, rinse with water and wipe dry. Your child’s toy doesn’t only smell wonderful, it’s naturally clean too!
Tea tree oil is not just for aromatherapy!
A big worry among Moms would be the light-colored and white toys. How do you take out stains the safe way? Turn to the sun! Lay out the white stuffed toys under direct sunlight. The stains fade after a few hours. For hard-to-remove stains, try spraying a little lemon juice on it before putting it out in the sun. No need for expensive and harmful bleaches to bring back the white of your kids’ toys!
The author’s family’s toys getting a good sunning.
You can be tough on germs without using harsh chemicals. These eco-friendly cleaning solutions help do the job of cleaning, giving your toys and shelves some shine, and keeping your kids safe from chemicals.