How to Clean Wooden Baby Toys
You purchased some wooden toys for your little one — wooden blocks, teething toys, a wooden rattle, or interlocking discs. They’re beautiful and durable, but how do you keep these toys clean as your child uses them?
To start, wood is not only non-toxic, but it also has natural anti-bacterial properties, meaning that germs don’t hang around in the same way as they do on plastic or plush toys.
This means that you don’t need to clean these toys daily, but instead clean them weekly or even monthly. So how do you do that and keep them in their best condition?
You’re keeping your toys natural, so follow suit with your cleaner too! Consider using a simpler mixture of vinegar and water (1 part vinegar to 10 parts water), a gentle eco-friendly dish soap and some warm water, or your preferred non-toxic household cleaner diluted with water. Whatever you choose, avoid harsh chemicals or bleach as such cleaners can dry out the wood.
Avoid Water Baths
Wood is porous, so wooden toys can warp or become a holding ground for germs if they soak in water or don’t fully dry out. A lightly damp wash cloth and a quick wipe down is sufficient to clean them.
Keep it Simple
Cleaning wooden toys isn’t complicated. Spray the toys with your preferred cleaner, wipe them down with lightly damp cloth or sponge, then place them in the sun to air dry. Bonus: The sunlight will help kill additional germs!
Used for everything from teething to stacking — wooden toys can end up in a lot of place and acquire stains in the process. To remove those stains, mix a 1:1 solution of vinegar and water, spray the stain, then scrub it with a sponge. Lay the toys in the sun to dry and to further lift out the stain.
Replenish Lost Moisture
Just like wooden cutting boards and utensils, sometimes wooden toys need some moisture. A quick polish of olive oil, mineral oil, or beeswax with a cloth or rag is a non-toxic option that will do the trick!
It really is that simple! Now you’re all set to keep those wooden toys clean and in perfect condition so tiny hands can get plenty of use out them.