In times of coronavirus, one of the keys to reducing the risk of infection is good hand washing. In addition, we must maintain the cleanliness of the house and, in the case of children, it is important to clean and disinfect their toys, as we will explain later, with natural remedies that do not involve any risk to the health of our children.
Since the closure of schools and the declaration of the state of alert, the majority of the population, including the children, have not left their homes, but this does not mean that there is no risk of contagion if, for example, we leave a moment to buy or walk the dog and when we ascend to the floor, we touch things with hands.
Among the things we can touch, for example, there may be a toy that your child has left in the middle of the entrance or on the couch. In addition to thinking of washing your hands as soon as it comes back from the street, it is therefore important to clean and disinfect toys as we explain it now.
In addition to the coronavirus, the toy that your child likes the most is the one that is most likely to be full of germs, as it is only dragged into a room of the house, but it will certainly spend a lot of time lying on the ground.
Thus, to prevent dirt and germs from accompanying the child in his toys, nothing such as good cleaning and disinfecting them. To do this, we explain, step by step and according to each type of toy, how to leave them clean and free of all viruses or germs.
SMALL PLASTIC TOYS
Any small plastic toy, such as a hero's dolls, animals or construction elements that do not have stickers or batteries, can be easily washed with the dishwasher by placing it on the top shelf or, by security, especially the smaller ones, in the covered tray, using a teaspoon of percarbonate and a bit of an ecological dishwashing detergent or even better a home dish detergent (you will find a recipe here).
LARGEST PLASTIC TOYS
If they do not have adhesives and batteries, difficult sprouts and fouling can be disposed of in hot water and with an ecological detergent, using a toothbrush to reach the most difficult parts. After cleaning the most persistent dirt, you can rinse and disinfect the toy with a 50-50 solution of water and vinegar, which you can mix with a spray.
PLASTIC TOYS WITH BATTERIES
We must first remove the batteries, then with a sponge that will be wet with hot water and soap (in this case also, one can choose an ecological detergent or house), one must wash the toy gently by avoiding the mechanical parts and the electrical wires. Once the dirt is more difficult to remove, rinse and disinfect gently, with a clean cloth soaked in 50-50 water and vinegar.
DUST WITH DUST
If your son's or your daughter's peluches wear only dust, you can brush them with a clothing brush. After that, you can put them in the freezer, in a plastic bag, during the night. The cold will kill the mites.
You can also dry cleaning: put the stuffed animals in a plastic bag and add a teaspoon of baking soda and salt for each stuffed animal you put in the bag, as well as 10 to 15 drops of tea oil; close the bag well; shake and let rest for 2 to 3 hours.
After this time, remove the stuffed animals from the bag and brush them again to remove any residue of baking soda and salt.
DIRTY PLUSH TOYS
Place the stuffed animals in a cloth bag or pillowcase and wash them in the washing machine by selecting a gentle program with an eco-friendly or homemade detergent. You can also add a teaspoon of bicarbonate to disinfect and citric acid, dissolved in water, as a softener. It can be dried in the sun or by drying.
HAIR OF DOLLS
First, remove the doll's accessories, such as earrings, clothing, etc., loosen the hair and place it under hot water. Apply a shampoo with a mild soap (for example, the one you use for children), then rinse again with hot water and soap.
Rinse well, comb and let it dry in the open air.
Wooden toys can be easily cleaned by gently rubbing a moistened cloth with a little water and an eco-friendly detergent on the surface. Once this is done, you can also disinfect by wiping the toy with a moistened cloth with a 50-50 solution of water and vinegar.
To disinfect the covers of the books, you can wipe them with a slightly moistened cloth with a solution of water and vinegar. After doing this, dry immediately with a dry cloth.