I love wooden toys and have since I became a mother decades ago! In fact, that is why I started Mimitoys.ie in 2004.
Over the past few months, parents and creches have been asking me how to effectively clean wooden toys. So I got in touch with all our manufacturers for their advice and have also read up on the subject. Here are my do’s and don’ts for cleaning your wooden toys.
Wooden Toy Cleaning Top 3 DO’S:1- Create a dilute solution with a few drops or sprinkles of any one of the following in a bowl of water
Washing up liquid
and wipe with a very clean cloth – fresh out of washing machine if possible.
2- Dry with a soft dry cloth and, if possible, leave to air dry for a while. For additional protection, leave to air dry in the outdoors. Ultraviolet Light (the type that gives sunburn) is extremely effective, even on a cloudy day! (Source Newsweek Health 24/04/2020).
3- Stubborn stains on varnished wood should shift with some vigorous rubbing or a scrub with the plastic scrubbing side of a dish sponge.
Wooden Toy Cleaning Top 3 DONT’S:
- Never soak wooden toys in water as the wood will expand and will likely crack as it dries.
- Never use harsh chemicals such as bleach to clean wood as they might attack the natural wood fibres and be absorbed into the toy. Not the best thing if a child is going to put it into their mouth.
In these cases, clean the toys as I describe above, then conclude with a spritz of an approved disinfectant liquid or a disinfectant wipe, and then wipe and air-dry as normal.
Remember that the essence of children is play…touching and feeling and sharing toys.
Therefore let’s use our common sense within a COVID environment, and make sure children coming for a play-over wash their hands and come from a non-COVID household.