How to safely clean your children's toys
Saturday, 12 November 2016 | Mummy and Little Me
One of the most common questions asked by new parents, is how they go about cleaning their baby’s toys safely. With them being at the explorative phase of their lives, they are prone to sticking whatever they can get their hands on in their mouths and exposing them a number of germs in the process.
There has been an exponential rise in the number of artificial cleaning products found in our shops. They are very effective at doing their job but they often contain a number of dangerous chemicals that can cause harm to your child. Such dangers include:
- Poisoning: Recent data has suggested that, each year over 1 million children under the age of 5 swallow poisonous cleaners found in households, with often severe consequences.
- Eczema: Exposure on the skin to the chemicals found in cleaning products can cause conditions such as eczema. They have also been linked to asthma.
- Eye damage: Household sprays can easily find their way into baby’s eyes. If sprayed directly, this can have damaging results.
- Other health effects: There have been many studies on the toxic nature of cleaning products. Many are linked to causing allergies due to the effectiveness of the product.
- Bleach: This should never be used as it is a potent poison. A simple recipe is to mix one cup of water with white vinegar. You can also add some tea tree oil to create a natural antiseptic.
- Surface cleaner: Again, mix water with some lemon juice to have a natural and perfectly safe cleaning product.
- Soap: Here normal soaps that are antibacterial are not necessary and a natural soap is just as effective.
Your child is bound to have a variety of toys of differing sizes and materials. Each one is going to need to have its own cleaning routine. Normally small, fabric toys can be machine washed whilst larger ones may need to be washed by hand using warm water and soap. Anything wooden or plastic can easily be wiped down using a cloth and surface cleaner solution previously mentioned. This safer method to cleaning your baby’s toys can also be applied to all aspects of the house where your baby will have contact. This will ensure a safe environment for them to explore without them becoming exposed to harmful germs and chemicals.