The game and the use of toys for the child, from the newborn to the oldest, is not only something important for them to have fun but also represents a very important phase of psychomotor development. Through games, children learn to discover the world around them and interact with it. Therefore, it is also important that the toys they use are always clean and disinfected. Let us know then, how to disinfect children's toys with tips, methods and natural remedies
Why is it important to disinfect children's toys?
Disinfecting children's toys is not an exaggeration of scrupulous parents, but rather a practice that all mothers and fathers should implement with some regularity. This is because toys are the main means of transmission of infections and allergies, especially to the skin and respiratory tract.
The phenomena of tonsillopharyngitis and ulcers in the mouth and throat, to name just two of the most common examples, are also transmitted and above all through contact with toys on whose surface not only have bacteria and germs settled, but but they are also able to resist some time.
Then you have to consider how often children share games with other children with whom they spend time; this inevitably increases the risk of various types of infections. Regarding the frequency with which to disinfect children's toys, its use must be evaluated.
Each child has a series of games that they use most frequently, as well as those that they bring with them even when they go to day care or to the park; therefore, they must be disinfected at least once a week.
How to disinfect children's toys?
Not all toys are the same and vary according to material (wood, plastic, metal, fabric, etc.), size, but also according to their composition (battery-powered games, toys with different materials, etc.).
These differences should always be considered when sanitizing children's toys for at least two reasons. The first is to have complete and effective sanitation; the second is to avoid damaging the toy. An incorrect wash, in fact, risks ruining the material with which the toy is made, making it unusable or no longer liked by the child.
So let's find out what are the best methods for disinfecting children's toys, some of them natural remedies.
Plastic toys, especially small ones, can be safely sanitized in a container containing water and baking soda. It is an ecological and economic method that allows, in a few hours, to have the toys sanitized and ready, after rinsing them with running water and drying them completely, so that the children can use them again.
Vinegar and water solution or neutral soap
An alternative to baking soda is a solution of hot water (50%) and vinegar (50%) or neutral soap. This solution can be dispensed through a spray and can be used to disinfect both plastic games and books, as well as all wooden, metal or cloth toys.
For electronic toys it is essential to first unplug them from the outlet or remove the batteries and pay more attention to manual washing of the most delicate components (battery compartment, display, etc.).
Hand and machine wash
To disinfect children's stuffed animals, washing them by hand or in the washing machine at low temperatures and without the spin cycle is the best solution. However, it is also important to read the label of each one to verify that it is possible to wash them in the washing machine (perhaps placing them in a plastic bag to protect them) and possibly under what conditions, otherwise you should opt for a machine wash. hand.
In this case it is possible to use a damp cloth on which to pass a little Marseille soap or bicarbonate and then rinse with a damp cloth, but this time soaked only in lukewarm water.
Of course, when washing stuffed animals, both in the washing machine and by hand, it is essential to pay maximum attention to drying. This must be complete to prevent humidity from creating fertile ground for the proliferation of molds and other substances that are dangerous to the health of the baby.
Dishwasher and dish soap
Plastic toys can also be washed by hand with regular dish soap (as long as it's eco-friendly) or, if they're medium-sized, even in the dishwasher. Also in the latter case it is recommended to use only ecological detergents.
There are many disinfectant products on the market, which are usually also used to sanitize bottles, nipples or pacifiers. These are liquids in which to submerge small toys. Alternatively, you can use products based on bleach diluted in water and active chlorine, capable of also being safe to protect your children from Coronavirus infection.