Best Ways to Clean Wooden Animal Toys

Like most parents, we definitely love wooden toys like wooden animal toys. They’re great for early development and their wooden texture brings children closer to nature. We love these toys because they’re eco-friendly and made from responsibly sourced wooden materials. They look aesthetically-pleasing too so they can double as a home or nursery decor.

After some time, your wooden animal toys will be covered with dirt and grime. But don’t worry. Wood has natural antibacterial properties that minimise bacterial growth which makes them easy to clean. There are a few things to keep in mind when cleaning wooden animal toys. Keep it naturally and never soak them in water or other liquid cleaning agents. Let’s take a closer look at some of the best ways to clean your child’s wooden animals.

Keeping It Natural

Using strong cleaning agents like bleach may bring more harm than good to your wooden animal toys. These cleaning solutions are corrosive and could potentially remove any dye or paint on your animal toys.

Vinegar and baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) are two of the most common household items that are known for their natural cleaning properties.

Vinegar is a good cleaning agent because it’s a natural disinfectant and non-toxic. Dilute one part vinegar into two parts of water and place it in a spray bottle. You can either spritz the cleaning solution directly into the dirty toys or into a damp cloth then wiping the dirty toys thereafter. Wipe down any remaining vinegar-water from all surfaces to minimise lingering vinegar smell.

To remove stains, dirt and oil, we recommend using baking soda. Baking soda is abrasive so be gentle when using it for cleaning wooden animal toys. Its abrasiveness could potentially discolour and scrape the paint right off of your toys. You can either use a cloth or an old toothbrush to scrub away any obvious dirt.

Do Not Soak or Submerge

Wood is porous which means you should never soak or submerge your wooden animals toys in water or any other liquid solutions. Otherwise, you will end up with damaged and deformed toys. Use a spray bottle and a damp cloth instead.


Sun-drying is one of the quickest and most effective because it speeds up the drying process. The heat of the sun is a natural way to kill germs and bacteria. Monitor your toys when sun-drying because prolonged exposure could lead to dye or paint chipping and cracking.

Additional Tips

If the paint on your wooden animal toys start to crack, you can remove it completely using sandpaper. Then you can either repaint it or just leave it as it is. Repainting them is a good bonding moment that you and your little one can share. Make sure to use non-toxic and water-based dye or paints.

You also need to moisturize your wooden animal toys every once in a while to retain their shine and keep them looking good. You can use either mineral oil or beeswax polish.


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