How to Disinfect Non-Washable Toys

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Sick children transfer their germs to their toys.
Sick children transfer their germs to their toys. (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

When your child is sick, his cuddly stuffed animal transforms into a germ-infested nightmare. Depending on the type of virus or bacteria your child has, these pathogens can survive on the surface of his non-washable toy for up to several days. If you or someone else touches the contaminated toy during this time, the disease can spread. While washable toys can be washed with a disinfecting solution, non-washable toys require special treatment.

Things You'll Need

  • Sealable plastic bags
  • Soap
  • Towel

Place the non-washable toys in sealable plastic bags.

Seal the bags and place them in the freezer. Any germs that are on the toys will not be able to survive the freezing temperature.

Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Rinse your hands and dry them with a clean towel.

Remove the toys from the freezer after waiting for at least two days. Let them thaw before giving them back to your child.

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