How to Clean Toys With Bleach


In the years of growing and exploring, young children have the tendency to put their toys in their mouths, unaware of the existence of germs. Since they are too young to fully comprehend how germs are passed, it is up to their caregivers to keep their toys clean. While soap and water are highly effective in removing dirt and generally cleaning the toys, bleach helps to disinfect them. A weak solution of bleach and water will effectively kill germs in a nontoxic manner that is safe and healthy for your child.

Things You'll Need

  • Mild soap
  • Clean cloth
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Towel
  • Wash the toys with warm soapy water to remove any loose dirt or debris that may be stuck on them.

  • Set the toys aside on a clean dry towel.

  • Fill the sink or bathtub with water and add a cup of liquid chlorine bleach for every five gallons of water.

  • Place the toys in the water and allow them to soak for 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Rinse the toys with running water and allow them to air dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not submerge electronic or battery operated toys in water. Wipe them down with a clean cloth dipped in the bleach water instead.

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