How to Wash Pram Toys
How to wash pram toys
Cleaning pram toys or any other type of toy for that matter is one of those things you most likely never thought about until you had kids. In a time before children when you never left the house with regurgitated milk on your clothes, showered every day and drank your coffee hot, cleaning toys just wasn’t on the agenda.
However once you have kids you quickly realise that everything they touch ends up on the floor and in their mouths, so keeping toys clean has to be considered. And pram toys are amongst the worst as if they end up on the floor it’s usually outside rather than in your home.
How often you clean toys is entirely up to you.
Washing wooden pram toys
Wooden pram toys such as the Heimess toys can be easily cleaned with a damp cloth. And as they clip to the pram they’re much less likely to end up in the middle of the road.
Wooden toys are best cleaned with a mild dish soap solution or diluted white vinegar and dried fully before given back. Bleach can be used but as the toys are highly likely to end up in babies mouth make sure all the bleach has been thoroughly rinsed before you hand them back.
Plastic toys can be cleaned in the same way and many plastic toys can even go in the dishwasher, provided of course they don’t have any batteries.
Cleaning soft pram toys
Most soft toys including pram toys, rattles and activity toys will have a care label to let you know how best to clean it.
If they can go in the washing machine great. Pop them in a pillowcase or mesh laundry bag first and choose a gentle, scent-free washing powder that’s suitable for babies. Washing toys in a bag will protect any tags, ears, eyes or tails etc from getting damaged.
Some toys may be able to be tumble dried on a low setting, again leave them in the bag to protect them, while others should be hung to dry. Running a fine comb through any flurry bits will keep toys nice and fluffy.
For toys that need to be hand-washed you can use a hand wash liquid, mild dish soap or even baby shampoo. Make up a bowl of warm soapy water and use a cloth to clean the toys, using a circular motion to massage gently over the toy. Rinse the cloth well or use a clean cloth and clean water to remove any soap residue and allow to air dry.
Again you can give the toys a little bush to re-fluff them if they’re looking a little flat.
And to keep toys clean as long as possible we have a few tips on how to attach pram toys here.