How to Clean Children Educational Games

How to Clean Children Educational Games

Kids love playing with their toys, especially educational games. Many parents often forget that these lovely toys are a source of bacterial contamination. It’s only normal to be afraid when you see that your child has been playing with a toy and is now covered in germs. Let’s take a look at how you can clean your children’s educational games properly so your kids don't get harmed by dangerous bacteria.

Plastic educational games

Toys and games made from plastic are probably the most convenient to clean. Most of these toys and games could be chucked into your dishwasher and your machine and multipurpose cleaner of choice will do all the cleaning for you. This is also the reason why busy parents buy these kinds of toys.

Always remember to read the toy’s care instructions that came along with it. If your education game did not come with batteries or any electronic or metal parts then it is probably dishwasher safe. For battery-operated educational games, you probably just have to wipe them with a clean cloth.

Wooden educational games

Wooden educational games or any wooden toys for that matter are fantastic toys for children. However when it comes to cleaning time, you need to keep a few things in mind.

First thing to understand is that wood, as a material, is porous. What this means is that wood, when soaked or submerged in water or any kind of liquid cleaning solution, will absorb it. When this happens your wooden toy or educational game will become swollen and become deformed. Additionally, when moisture is trapped inside the pores of your wooden toy or educational game it becomes a source of mould.

This is one of the reasons why you should be using a spray bottle when cleaning your wooden educational toys. Using a spray bottle helps you control the amount of liquid cleaning solution that goes into your wooden educational toy.

Before cleaning your educational games, remove all obvious dirt and grime by scrubbing their surface using a sponge or a soft bristle brush. If you have neither, then you can use an unused toothbrush instead.

Prepare your cleaning solution in your spray bottle. Any mild cleaning detergent or multipurpose cleaner should do the trick. If you want to keep it natural, you can use either vinegar or baking soda ( sodium bicarbonate). You can also buy natural multipurpose cleaner or Castile soap from eco-shops.

Clean your educational game by occasionally spraying it with the cleaning solution you prepared. Wipe all surfaces and make sure to remove any excess cleaning solution from the educational toy so as not to leave any residue.

Drying

You have two options here. You can either air dry your educational games overnight or leave them under the sun for sun drying. If you decide to sun dry, remember to not leave them too long under the sun because the heat of the sun, while a good antibacterial, could also potentially damage the paint of your educational toy.


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