How to Clean Toy Kitchen Accessories
Children love to role play and they love to imitate their parents. When they see their parents prepare and cook meals, they want to try their hand at cooking as well. This is the reason why toy kitchens and toy kitchen accessories are among the most popular role playing toys. It is important to encourage children to role play as much as possible because it is good for their early development but keeping their favourite toys clean is just as important.
One of the most important roles as a parent is protecting our children from germs and bacteria. This is no easy task which can be a bit challenging especially for busy parents who have full time jobs. We know that kids love to explore their surroundings using their hands and mouths which means we want to make sure their favourite toys are squeaky clean. We can’t protect our children from everything but at least we can minimise the spread of germs and bacteria if we clean our children’s toys regularly and sanitise them every after illness.
Cleaning toy kitchen accessories is simple and easy and it is the same as cleaning as any other toy. The entire cleaning process is straightforward but there are a few things to keep in mind.
One of the first things to consider is the toy’s washability and by this we mean how you can clean or wash the toy. Not all toy kitchen accessories are the same. These toys are made from different materials and these materials determine how a particular play kitchen accessory can be cleaned.
Many parents would argue that plastic toy kitchen accessories are easier to clean than their wooden counterparts. And this is probably the reason why these parents picked these toys in the first place. You can clean most plastic toy kitchen accessories in your dishwasher. Even ones made from recycled plastic, for example Green Toys toy kitchen accessories, are also dishwasher-safe. However, do not assume that your toy kitchen accessory is dishwasher safe until you check your toy’s care instructions and confirm if it is indeed dishwasher-safe. Or if you do not have a dishwasher, you can simply dump your toy kitchen accessories in a bucket of soapy water and start scrubbing your toys. But remember not to do this to toys that are battery operated or have components or parts that are not suitable for water like stickers.
Cleaning wooden toy kitchen accessories is different from cleaning plastic ones. But the entire cleaning process is easy to follow. The first thing you need to understand that wood is a porous material which means it will absorb moisture and water. Knowing this, you should understand why you never soak or submerge toy kitchen accessories in water or liquid solution. Instead, you would have to prepare your cleaning solution in a spray bottle because it helps you control the amount of soapy water that goes into your wooden toy kitchen accessory. Use a damp cloth to wipe and scrub any obvious dirt using a spine or a used toothbrush. Make sure to remove any excess soapy water before drying. Next, air dry overnight or sundry if sunlight is available.
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