Do you think it’s important to clean your baby(s) toys (even if you dont see dirt on them or gunk)

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 02/25/2011 ( 24 moms have responded )

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When cleaning your baby(s) toys is it better to use bleach or some kind of cleaning substance, or is it better to just use plain water? , if so how do you do it? What do you use?

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Amy - posted on 02/26/2011

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toys - the whole house, everything often gets dusty due to our wood stove. They usually dust/wipe stuff when we do. IF a toy is so bad it would need bleach or something, probably not cleaning it unless it's some FAVORITE toy. We don't have bath toys. I know, mean mom. Baths are for cleaning bodies. And I don't have to deal with moldy toys. They have puff things for washing that we change every so often. Some things like plastic dishes they drink out of, we have kids take to sink and "do dishes" washing their own. I don't have time to be cleaning all their toys once a month. we have tossed stuffies in the washing machine on gentle before if spot cleaning it won't work.

Sal - posted on 02/25/2011

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clean almost anything of the kids wth et wipes....it is easy and not harmful and works great, andclean when they look like they need it or if i think about it, no set time routine, just common sence, stuff that gets chewed on all the time stuff that doesn;t sometimes

Carolyn - posted on 02/25/2011

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i fall into the lazy ass departement. unless it falls on the floor in the mall, the ground outside or get spit up on or food, bleh, its good for his immune system

Marylea - posted on 02/25/2011

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I clean all of my daughter's toys every month or so unless they are like really dirty/gunky in which case I'll wipe them down as soon as I notice they're dirty. I cleaned them more often when she was younger but she doesn't really put things in her mouth all that often anymore and I always keep her hands clean so her toys really don't get very dirty. I use Method all purpose cleaner, its non toxic and all natural, and hot water and just give everything a good wipe down. I think its important to clean toys every so often regardless of if you can see dirt or gunk. But what grosses me out is people who don't clean the toys when they are visibly dirty. I know someone who clearly doesn't ever clean her kids' toys and last time me and my daughter visited I didn't even want my daughter to touch her kid's toys because they were so dirty and crusted with food. It really disgusted me. Oh and I always make sure to clean her toys if she's been sick or if another kid was over who was sick.

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I disinfect my kids toys. If it doesn't have batteries they get washed in soapy hot hot hot water. (almost boiling) If it has batteries it gets bleached as they shouldn't have those in their mouths to begin with.

Nikki - posted on 02/25/2011

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I clean my bath once a week with bleach so I give the bath toys a soak while I am doing it. I used to be a little anal when my daughter was a baby, I would clean everything in soap and water then soak or wipe in milton solution (baby bottle sterilising solution) then rinse. Now that she is older I don't worry too much, although quite often her toys end up with copious amounts of food smeared over them, so the plastic ones go in the dishwasher, anything material in the washing machine and anything that can't be submerged in water I just wipe with a damp cloth.

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I'm feeling kinda lazy reading this. I don't clean the kids toys. If they have gastro or conjunctivitus then yeah i might give them a wipe down but not very often at all. My daughter has only vomited 2 times in her 4 years and my son once so it's not a big thing my kids getting sick.

Jocelyn - posted on 02/25/2011

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I don't clean them unless they are visibly dirty, like covered in jam or something.

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Bath toys get a quick wash in bleach water. Like Erin, I then rinse really well and dry before giving them back. Everything else? Well, when Jacob was in that stage where everything HAD to go in his mouth, I used to do a once a week wipe down of everything with a Lysol wipe to get the germies off and then a rinse under hot water to get the chemicals off. Of course, that was also back when his toy collection was much smaller. Now? HA! I only clean his toys if there is obvious gunk on them. I've gone through his toybox like 3 times in the past few months, organizing and matching parts and I was really surprised that they were all pretty clean. I just used baby wipes though, to clean them up. And is it horrible that I've never washed his stuffed animals? He doesn't sleep with them or carry them around. He plays with a few of them every now and then, so I figure they aren't dirty...so why wash them....

Kylie - posted on 02/25/2011

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I cleaned them with hot soapy water and left them on a towel in the sun to kill any bugs. My kids are older now and dont put toys in their mouths any more so I just wipe the ones that get dusty over with a damp cloth or baby wipe.

Jascinta - posted on 02/25/2011

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non electrical ones that are dirty get done like dishes lol. most i just give a wipe over with baby wipes like Teresa said every so often. and sometimes i cart a few big things out the back and give them a hose off (outdoor use rain water) while letting the boys have a play too. ( its summer here).soft toys, etc, go in the wash if they need it. and bath toys ( piss me off!) i usually use a disinfectant of some kind, but its a bitch- i'm thinking of throwing them out due to lack of hygiene as far as i'm concerned. i've never been too crazy about it ( it don't think?) as long as they are 'safe clean' lol

Erin - posted on 02/25/2011

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I clean bath toys with bleach. It's the only thing I've found that can get the crud from inside the squirty ones. They are obviously then rinsed thoroughly with hot water and dried before she has them again.



The rest I just wipe down if they look grotty. I'm not a germaphobe. The only time I have done a full clean of everything was once for conjunctivitis and once for gastro. Oh and her teddy goes for a dip in the washing machine once every couple of weeks.

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I don't usually clean the toys either (unless they get obviously nasty), but if I do.... I use a baby wipe. :)

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Yep Kati, me too. My daughter is 18 months old and I hardly ever cleaned any of her toys. Unless she spilled food all over it maybe. Then again, she is pretty healthy, so...hm.

LaCi - posted on 02/25/2011

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Plastic things, I just clean with baking soda, water, vinegar- just like everything else. I'm not interested in constantly cleaning crap. I only clean it when it looks dirty, if he were sick I may clean it but thus far he hasn't been sick *knocks on wood* probably because I'm okay with things being dirty :)

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@Jennifer - My son has a bunny that goes everywhere. It got dropped in a muddy puddle so I had no choice but to stick it in the washing machine. He had a full meltdown when he saw bunny having a spin and threw up over the kitchen floor.

Katherine - posted on 02/25/2011

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I use an organic cleaning agent found at a baby store, it's mainly water and non-toxic.

Lady Heather - posted on 02/25/2011

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Baking soda and vinegar. I'm really not that worried about germs though. Bleach does not cross the threshold of my home. I'm allergic to it.

Becky - posted on 02/25/2011

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Like Ashley, plastic, non-electronic ones I wash with dish detergent. The ones that can't be submersed, I use green wipes on, or if the kids have been sick, I use antibacterial wipes and then rinse them off with a washcloth and water.

Jenni - posted on 02/25/2011

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I always use vinegar and water. Baking soda is good too. I use Q-tips to get into the nooks and crannies of toys that can't be washed in the sink. My son has a bunny blankie he hasn't been able to sleep without since he was 6 months old. I'm lucky if I can sneak it away from him long enough to put it through the washing machine. He usually never makes it to the dryer because as soon as my son hears the washing machine on he does a mad hunt to find him to make sure he's not in there. Then tantrums until the washing machine stops.

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Plastic toys with no areas were water can get locked in i wash with washing up liquid, one thats anti bacterial..i wash my girls teddy's in the washing machine.I think its important but you dont have to be overly worried about it.

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Bleach is harsh, i don't use harsh chemicals. When cleaning gabbys toys i use baking soda and vinegar.Then rinse with water.

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