How to Clean Play Food Sets

Play foods are simple toys but fun to play with. They are good props for toy kitchens and other cooking playsets. A play baking set is not fun to play without cakes or cupcakes. Children love to pretend play and play food sets are among the most fun role playing toys you can find on the market. These toys are quite versatile because children can play them however they want. They can come up with different kinds of recipes and bake all kinds of cakes and pastries.

If your children really do love cooking, they become inseparable from their play kitchens and play food sets. After a few play sessions, their play food sets would have collected dirt and are now grimy. Dirty toys are often covered with harmful germs and bacteria. As parents, you do not want your children playing with dirty toys. Cleaning play food sets regularly and properly can keep your children safe and away from these germs and bacteria.

There are many ways to clean play food sets. But one of the things to keep in mind is that the material of the play food affects how it should be cleaned. These cleaning processes might be different from each other in some ways but they are all easy and simple to follow.

Let’s start with the simplest. Plastic play food is probably considered the easiest to clean. Most of these toys can be cleaned using a dishwasher if they fit into one. However you should confirm if the play food you are about to toss into your dishwasher is indeed dishwasher safe. Play food made from recycled plastic like Green Toys play food sets are also dishwasher safe.

If you do not own a dishwasher, you can dump these play foods into a bucket full of soapy water and scrub them using a sponge or a cleaning brush.

Cleaning play food made from wood is different. For one, you should not soak or submerge wooden play food or any wooden toy for that matter in water or any liquid cleaning solution. Wood is a porous material which means it will absorb water if it is submerged. If you submerge or soak a wooden play food in water, you will end up with a deformed or swollen toy. Water and moisture will also stay inside the wooden play food and remains there for a long time. Mold and mildew thrive in moist environments making your wooden play food unsafe for play.

Now that’s out of the way, let’s talk about how you can clean a wooden play food. You will have to prepare your preferred cleaning solution in a spray bottle. Using a spray bottle allows you to control how much liquid solution goes into your wooden play food. As for the cleaning solution, we recommend using mild soap or keep it natural like using vinegar,baking soda or Castille soap . Spray some of your liquid solution into your wooden play food and wipe it with a clean damp cloth. Remove any obvious dirt and grime beforehand using a soft sponge or a used toothbrush. Make sure to wipe your wooden play food to remove any excess cleaning solution.

Drying should be easy. Either air dry or sun dry if possible. When sun drying, make sure not to prolong the exposure of your wooden play food to the heat of the sun because it will damage its paint.


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