How to Clean a Toy Kitchen
How to clean a wooden play kitchen
Toys have a tendency to get pretty grimy. It comes with the job. They get chewed, picked up by grubby fingers and toy kitchens, in particular, are often kept on display so they get dusty as well.
A wooden toy kitchen is one of the best toys you can give your child to play with. And teaching them to help keep it clean is a great way for them to learn as well. After all, they see you cleaning the real kitchen so mimicking that while they play is all part of the process.
Although it’s a big item cleaning a kids kitchen doesn’t have to be a big task especially if you keep it clean with a quick wipe down on a regular basis. However, a kids kitchen usually comes with plenty of toy kitchen accessories and lots of little bits of play food to get grubby so giving these items a clean down as well every now and again will help keep everything sparkling.
As wood is naturally anti-bacterial you don’t need to worry about cleaning them too often, which is just as well as you can’t just throw them through the dishwasher like you can with plastic toys.
Getting the kids involved
A good place to start if to give your little one a clean cloth and show them how to wipe down the surfaces in their kitchen, showing them how to get into the corners and clean behind the taps is great fun and will largely keep their kitchen dust and dirt free.
Natural cleaning with Vinegar
When your kids kitchen is in need of a deeper clean a solution of water and white vinegar is perfect, just like you would use for other wooden toys.
Use a clean cloth and dampen it with your vinegar solution or mix up some water and vinegar in a spray bottle and spray the surfaces. Then wipe with a damp cloth making sure you get into all the corners and crevices.
This is a good opportunity to empty out the cupboards and clean wooden food and utensils at the same time. Giving them a wipe over to remove any dirt and get rid of germs.
Then give them a second wipe with a clean damp cloth to get rid of any vinegar and leave to dry. Don’t worry, the smell of vinegar will dissipate within a few minutes.
If you have a steam cleaner at home this is a great way to clean toys. Don’t add any chemicals, the steam alone will be enough. Steam cleans and sanitises at the same time so it’s great for toys and you can use it to clean soft and plastic toys as well.
And there you have it, a nice clean kitchen in no time. Kitchens are great for children of all ages and it's never too early to them used to the idea of keeping things clean.