Whether we are in the middle of a pandemic or not we still want the best for our little loved ones. With all best intentions, we would like to sterilise everything they touch. This would include disinfecting wooden baby toys that you have so lovingly bought to play with.
How to clean wooden toys?
Firstly bear in mind wooden toys by their nature, are not as effected by germs as plastic toys. Wood has a natural antibacterial quality. Both wooden toys are safe and wooden baby toys are safe.
Wooden toys are safe and durable and also porous. The washing process is different from cleaning plastic, metal or cloth. So the usual sterilising methods does not apply to wood.
Do not immerse or soak your wooden toy in water, it will change the shape and possibly the function of your adorable wooden toy. Wooden toys are not dishwasher safe.
Do not steam your wooden toy as a method of sterilising. This will change the make-up of the wood and possibly lose any vibrant colours it might be painted in.
Do not use harsh chemicals onto your wooden toy. The chemicals will strip all of its organic paint used to make the toy colourful. The wood will also absorb the chemicals and could potentially make your toy dangerous to play with especially for younger children who regularly put items in their mouths.
How to disinfect wooden toys safely?
You can use a damp, warm cloth to wipe down wooden toys. Help your wooden toy to dry faster by wiping it with a dry cloth. Repeat this regularly to keep it clean and safe to play with.
If you have painted or varnished wooden toys, you can use a mild soap and rinse well by wiping your wooden toy often with a damp cloth.
For a deeper clean, use white wine vinegar or apple cider diluted with water. This will disinfect your gorgeous wooden toy. This should be followed by wiping several times with a damp cloth and air dry. Ensure the toy is dry before playing with.
Continuous cleaning of your wooden toy may make the wood look dull and dry. You can moisturise your wooden toys by applying a small amount of olive oil or beeswax.
You can extend the durability of wooden toys if you look after them. Regularly wash you wooden toys with a warm, damp cloth and you will not have to worry about sterilising them.