How to Clean and Disinfect Wooden Toys

I’m a huge fan of wooden toys for a number of reasons. First things first, they are long lasting and can bring joy for your kids for years and years. They are beautiful, stylish and can even become an element of home décor after your child overgrow some of them. Wooden toys are safe and made of non-toxic materials. Moreover, tactile sensations are so pleasant and stimulates kid’s brain development. They are more environmentally friendly in comparison to plastic toys and it’s the main reason why I go after them if there is a choice. The good news is, keeping them tidy is incredibly easy and kids can be also involved in the process, considering that no bleach or rough chemicals are required. In my family it even became the chore of my older daughter to wash them every last Friday of the month.  Here are only a few easy cleaning toys steps to follow and your wooden toys will look brand new for a long time.

Before cleaning your wooden toys have a look on manufacturers care instructions as there might be some specific information on the items. However, in my case no instructions were left and I had to fallow basic tips below.

How to disinfect toys with vinegar or other products

Keep it natural with environmentally friendly soap, vinegar (white vinegar or apple cider works well in proportion 1part vinegar to 10 parts water) or various other safe multipurpose cleaners. I usually use my soap or vinegar. It was an opening for me that Timber has a natural anti-bacterial quality so they will certainly not be as impacted by germs as plastic playthings.
Never saturate or submerse wood playthings in water– just spray, clean with a fabric and warm water, after that air dry, another way your favorite toys can change shape and it’s not what we going after.

Drying in the sun is wonderful as it accelerates the drying out process and the sunlight is a natural way to eliminate even more germs if there are any left. Nevertheless, strong sunshine or extended exposure can lead to color fade as well as fracturing- pay attention to it.

Moisturizing your wooden toys

Depending upon the wood product, periodic moisturizing can be valuable. Olive oil works well or another non-toxic choice is beeswax gloss. All You need is a washcloth for an easy application. I’ve chosen olive oil as there is always some on the shelves of my kitchen.