Questions and Answers
Here are some popular questions our customers ask about wooden toys in general.
How to sterilise wooden baby toys?
In this day and age where we are disinfecting everything around us including our hands, it is a very good question to ask whether a wooden baby toy can be sterilised.
Sterilisation means where a material has zero germs attached to it. There are several way of achieving this with the most popular home sterilising methods to be using high temperatures, pressure steam and chemicals.
A wooden toy is made with a porous material. Porous means the material has many holes and allows liquid or air pass through it. Wood is also an organic product so it expands and contracts when it is in contact with water. Knowing this, we can safely say that sterilising your wooden toy using pressure steam and high temperatures will damage the toy and would no longer be safe to play with.
This also means putting a wooden baby toy in the dishwasher or washing machine is not a good option. Never soak or immerse wooden toys in water, it will change the structure of the wood.
The last method is using chemicals. Due to the nature of wood, strong chemicals cannot be used however you can use some mild dish soap, white wine vinegar or apple cider diluted with water. Do remember, this is for your baby and before letting your baby play with the toy, it must have no residue of the solvent and dry. Overtime this can dry the wood and cause it to crack and colours to fade.
The best way to sterilise your wooden baby toys is to simply spray or wipe with cloth and warm water and air dry.