How to Clean Toy Pots and Pans
Pretend cooking can help little children learn about themselves and practice skills. You can make each cooking session more informational and engaging by discussing food with your little one. Doing so helps build your little one’s confidence and develop healthy eating habits. If children understand what food does to our body, they will gain an understanding why they should eat healthy food.
Toys like pots and pans designed for little children can encourage them to engage in pretend cooking even more. These toys may appear as props but they offer surprising developmental value. Pretend cooking can be fun in so many ways and while your children engage in this fun activity they learn a lot of skills and use their imagination and creativity.
Keeping our children safe while playing is just as important as providing them with toys that maximises their learning and development potential. Regular cleaning of toy pans and pots will keep your children away from harmful bacteria and germs. Even more so after an illness or sickness, which not only requires cleaning but also disinfecting. Weekly cleaning should be enough to keep toy pans and pots clean. However, you should be cleaning them right away as soons they become dirty and grubby.
The entire cleaning process depends on how your children play and where they play their toy pans and pots. The materials of these toys also affect how you clean them. Toy pans and pots made from plastic are easier to clean. Most of the time you can simply toss them into your dishwasher and your dishwasher does the cleaning for you. But before doing so, make sure to read your toy manufacturer’s care instructions. If your little one loves to bring her pots and pans outside, chances are these toys are covered with dirt. Removing any obvious dirt and grime will help cleaning easier and faster. Scrub these toys using a soft bristle cleaning brush, a sponge or a used toothbrush. Use baking soda or sodium bicarbonate for tough stains.
There are few things to remember when cleaning wooden pans and pots. Unlike their plastic counterparts, these toys will swell if you soak or submerge them in water or other liquid solutions. Drenching them in water will also damage them so control how much water or liquid solution you use in cleaning them. Now that is out of the way, prepare your cleaning solution in a spray bottle. You can use a mild detergent soap or better yet you can use a natural soap which will help keep your wooden pans and pots their natural shine.
Spray liquid solution to your wooden pans and pots and wipe with a cloth. Make sure to wipe all surfaces and every nook and cranny. Remove excess water and cleaning liquid especially if your child has a habit of putting toys into her mouth. You can either air dry and sun dry these toys depending on your location and weather.
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