Doctor Playset Cleaning Tips
Every child loves to play imaginative games and most of them want to play doctor. Playing pretend doctor is one of the most popular role playing games among little boys and little girls. Whether they’re nursing their sick dolls back to health or diagnosing what ails their teddy bears, your children will have a fun time while engaging their imagination and creativity.
After a few play sessions, your children’s doctor playset will start to get dirty and grimy especially if they bring their toys outside. We all know that children love to explore with their hands and mouth. Some of these toy pieces might have ended in your child’s mouth and now they’re covered with saliva, snot and all kinds of dirt.
Cleaning your child’s toys properly and regularly is important to keep them away from germs and viruses. It’s recommended to clean toys on a weekly basis or as soon as dirt and grime become visible. Disinfecting toys after an illness is just as important.
There are many easy to clean your children’s toys. But the first thing you need to do is read the cleaning instructions of your child’s doctor playset or any toy for that matter. If your child’s toys are made from plastic, most likely these toys are dishwasher safe. Make sure to confirm this with the toy’s manufacturing by reading product details online or on the packaging before tossing any toy into your dishwasher.
However, if you were tired of plastic toys and wanted something more eco-friendly, you probably bought a wooden doctor playset. Most wooden toys are not dishwasher safe especially if they are painted. The running hot water in your dishwasher can cause the wood to swell and paint to start peeling.
Furthermore, wood is porous which means you also cannot submerge your precious wooden doctor toys in water or any kind of liquid cleaning solution. Otherwise, you will end up with deformed and damaged toys.
When cleaning wooden doctor playsets or any wooden toy for that matter, start by scrubbing any obvious dirt and grime. Use a sponge or a used toothbrush. Spray the surface of the dirty toys with your cleaning solution. We suggest keeping it natural when it comes to soap. You can use a mild soap or a natural one like Castille. For tough stains, we recommend using baking soda or sodium bicarbonate. Another common household item you can use is vinegar but it’s ideal for disinfecting. Once you have removed all obvious dirt, wipe your toys with a damp cloth. Spritz some more of your cleaning solution for a thorough cleaning. Use a straw brush to clean hard to reach nooks and crannies.
Air dry your toys after wiping them dry. The heat of the sun is a natural antibacterial. You can also dry them under the sun but you have to look after them because prolonged exposure to the heat of the sun can cause the paint to chip and peel.
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