How To Clean Wooden Toys – 5 Easy Tips

Are you wondering how to clean wooden toys? As you know, wooden toys are safe, natural, and durable, but it’s also porous.

Wooden toys are not easily affected by germs as plastic toys, because of their natural antibacterial quality.

The way required to keep them clean is quite different from cleaning tissue, plastic, or metal.

In this article, we will be sharing with you a step-by-step guide to cleaning all of your baby’s wooden toys, how often to clean them and how to wash other types of baby toys.

Cleaning All Your Baby’s Wooden Toys: What to Use

When cleaning your baby’s wooden toys you should use mild all-natural cleaning products. Mild soaps (like castile soap) or vinegar can do the trick.

Just dilute it with water for a 1:4 ratio. For tough stains, we recommend you make a paste of baking soda and water and then scrub with a damp cloth.

How To Clean Wooden Toys

Here is a step-by-step guide to cleaning all of your baby’s wooden toys so they can be passed on for years to come. We put together these easy steps on how to clean wood toys below. Read on

1. Keep it Simple

When dealing with baby toys it’s best advised to use mild or gentle cleansers on their toys inkling wooden toys.

Anything from natural vinegar and water solution (1 part vinegar to 4 parts water), mild, eco-friendly dish soap, and some warm water, or your favorite gentle multi-purpose cleaner, diluted with water, will do the trick.

While doing this, avoid using bleach or harsh chemicals as this can dry out the wood.

2. Do Not Soak

This is one simple rule you must keep, as wood is very porous. Wooden toys can change shape and warp with too much moisture. And if the toys don’t dry completely, they can become a place where germs and bacterial will want to hang out.

If your baby’s toy swells, it can cause the wood to crack or damage any painting or art finishing on the surface of your baby toy.

The best way to clean it is by using a wet washcloth to clean the wood to prevent it from getting too drenched.

3. Easy To Clean

Cleaning your baby’s wooden toys can happen in three easy steps.

  • The first step is that you can spray, the toys with your cleaner of choice
  • Wipe it down gently with a sponge or washcloth and a bit of warm water
  • Finally, allow the toys to air dry completely.

Placing the wooden toys under the sun will help kill even more germs and fasten up the drying process.

4. Treat the Stains

Making use of vinegar or apple cider diluted with water is quite effective in disinfecting your wooden toys! Just make a more concentrated mixture of vinegar and water. You can use a solution of 1:1 ratio for stains.

After creating the mixture, spray it on the stain and scrub it with a sponge. After this is done, put it out in the sun to make it dry and also help “bleach” out the stain.

If you encounter a very stubborn stain while cleaning, use a little sandpaper to buff it out.

5. Moisture the Wooden Toys

Occasionally, you will want to moisturize your baby’s wooden toys, just as you would with your cutting boards, butcher blocks, or wooden utensils.

Depending on the type of wood, you could also use mineral oil or olive oil; they both work very effectively well.

Beeswax polish is another great option to choose since they’re a non-toxic option. All you need is a clean washcloth or rag for easy application.

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How Often Should I Clean My Baby’s Wooden Toys?

You can do this occasionally depending on a few factors. Since woods are naturally antimicrobial, harmful bacteria and viruses which are capable of posing threats to a baby’s health don’t accumulate on them in the same way they can on plastic toys.

Generally, it is recommended you clean your wooden toys when your baby has been sick or when you notice some mold build-up or dirt of unknown messy substances.

If your baby or toddler likes playing around with his wooden toys with his mouth (of course we all know they do!), it is recommended you clean them more often. Your baby’s favorite toys may also need to be cleaned daily.

If your baby’s wooden toys are being used in a daycare or childcare facility, ensure you follow the facility’s guidelines for proper toy sanitation. Try not to soak the toys as this can damage the wood!

How Can I Wash Baby Toy During Covid?   

Well, we all know germs are a year-round concern for parents and caregivers, trying to avoid illness and infection can be quite stressful especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), children do not appear to be at greater risk for coronavirus than adults, but they can pick up viruses from infected toys and dirty surfaces.

Research has shown that this virus can live hours to days on all kinds of surfaces. And the virus can be easily spread through hand-to-face contact, specifically the eyes, nose, and mouth.

While baby wipes might be an easy alternative, they aren’t recommended for handwashing, according to CDC.

The best way to protect your children and the people around them – is by practicing good hand hygiene and also by cleaning and disinfecting surfaces that people always come in contact with within your home.

How Can I Get My Outdoor Wooden Toys Clean? 

As you may know, outdoor wooden baby accessories like playhouses are bound to get dirtier than indoor toys. Thankfully you can apply the same guidelines when cleaning them.

All you need to get the job done effectively is a garden hose, vinegar, or mild soap like castile soap cleaning solution, and a good scrub brush.

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How To Wash Different Types Of Baby Toys

Plastic, metal, and rubber toys

If your baby’s toy is dishwasher-able, save yourself some time and energy and toss them inside the dishwasher. Use the top rack to prevent it from melting and mangling.

While cleaning use bleach (diluted) to disinfect washable, nonporous toys (the ones made of material where stains or dirt can’t sink into them).

Wipe down excess dirt and place the toys in a bucket containing 1/3 cup bleach and a gallon of water for 3-5 minutes. Afterward, rinse the toys using warm water and let them air dry before using.

Keep in mind, when dealing with baby bath toys! Just because they always sit in the tub does not mean they are germ-free.

Board books and wooden blocks

When dealing with this kind of toy, do not submerge them in water. Just wipe them clean using an alcohol-based wipe or spray. Allow the surfaces to air dry completely after wiping them down.

Paper books

Unfortunately, you can’t wash paper, but there are measures you can take to make sure your baby’s favorite coloring books, magazines, and paper books aren’t bacteria and virus playing ground.

You should always dispose of any tattered items or used up books that may be collecting dust – and germs.

If the paper book has a hardcover, disinfect the surface, and avoid getting cleaner on the paper pages.

If there are certain books or magazines you worry about because they have been exposed – but do not want to part with – you can simply quarantine it for two weeks before use.

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Washing your baby toys sometimes can be daunting especially when proper tools and guides are not applied.

However, following the step-by-step carefully, or improvising with the information you do have will help ensure your toys are kept fresh and well-cleaned with minimal damage.

Did you find this article helpful? Do you have any tips or tricks on how to clean wooden toys better? Kindly share your tips and experiences with us with cleaning wooden toys or any other kinds of baby toys.