How Do You Clean Garden Toys

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Why is it important to clean the garden toys of your kids? It is true that they are enjoying their toys, but when they play with them outside, the dirty hands can spread harmful bacteria to them. So if you will sieve and clean all the garden toys, you will be helping your children stay away from germs and harmful bacteria.

How often should you clean your child’s garden toys?

How often you should be cleaning your child’s garden toys depends on how often she plays with them and how she plays with these toys. Garden toys are played outside which means you should be cleaning them every after play time, especially if your children bring these toys inside your house. If these toys remain outside, then you can clean them at least once a week.

How do you start cleaning a garden toy?

Start by reading the care instructions that came with your garden toy. Follow and do not deviate from the instructions of the manufacturer. If they indicate that the garden toy is not dishwasher safe then you should not be using your dishwasher to clean them.

Use your dishwasher

If you are a busy parent and do not have much time to clean your child’s dirty garden toys, then using a dishwasher could be the most convenient way to clean them (provided that they are dishwasher safe and are not battery operated and have no electrical parts). However, you should keep in mind that garden toys are played outside which means these toys could be covered in dirt and mud. Remove all obvious dirt, grime and mud from your garden toys before tossing them into your dishwasher. Additionally, make sure they are dishwasher-safe to begin with otherwise you will end up with a damaged toy.

Use a sink or bucket filled with soapy water

If you do not have a dishwasher, you can clean your plastic garden toys using a bucket filled with soapy water. Use a sponge, a cleaning brush or an unused toothbrush to remove all obvious dirt, grime and mud from the toys. Once the soapy water is dirty, replace it with a clean soapy water for another round of cleaning. When your garden toy is clean, remove it from the bucket then rinse using running tap water.

Cleaning a wooden garden toy

Cleaning a garden toy made from wood is different from cleaning one that is made from plastic. Because unlike plastic, wood is porous which means water and moisture will be trapped in the pores if you submerge your wooden garden toy in water or any kind of liquid cleaning solution. This is the reason why it is highly recommended to use a spray bottle when cleaning a wooden garden toy or any wooden toy for that matter. And it is also recommended to use a natural multipurpose cleaner, vinegar, baking soda or a natural soap like Castille soap. Wipe your garden toy with a cloth while occasionally spraying it with your cleaning solution. Once all surfaces are clean, wipe the toy using a dry cloth to remove any excess cleaning solution from the toy so as not to leave any residue.

Drying your garden toy

Drying your garden toy should be an easy and straightforward process. You can either air dry your garden toy or sun dry it during the day. When sun drying, keep in mind that prolonged exposure to the heat of the sun could cause colour fading.


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