As every mom knows, babies and toddlers often put toys in their mouths – and they’re not particularly concerned that those toys may have been rolling around on the floor and are now covered in germs.
While many of these germs are harmless or even helpful, there are also those that spread sickness – like colds, flu, and norovirus.
That’s why it’s a good idea to frequently clean and disinfect your little one’s much-loved toys.
When to Clean and Disinfect Baby Toys
Dr. Karen Sokal-Gutierrez, a professor and children’s health expert at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, recommends cleaning baby toys regularly, perhaps once a month. Even spot cleaning helps combat unwanted cooties. But remember that certain situations call for an extra cleaning, or even disinfecting, such as:
Your child or their playmates have been sick.
You’ve had a playdate where other children are putting toys in their mouths.
A child has gotten food, milk, vomit or mucous on a toy.
A toy falls on the ground.
Cleaning vs. Disinfecting: What’s the Difference?
Before you begin, it’s important to understand the differences among cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains how these practices work together to help stop germs from spreading:
Cleaning physically removes germs by using soap (or perhaps detergent) and water to wash away surface dirt and grime.
Disinfecting kills most germs on objects like baby toys, or stops germs from reproducing.
How to disinfect easily
59S UV Light Sanitizer bag, available for baby bottles and nipples, plush toys, clothes, tableware, kitchenware, and just about anything that fits in. Built-in hospital-grade UV Led, stainless steel holder, and highly reflective inner surface ensures quickly and effectively UV light disinfection. You can just put the baby bottles or toys in, and turn on the power to disinfection. In only 3 minutes, the sanitizer bag can eliminate most of all germs.
If the cover is open while in operation, UV lights will turn off immediately to prevent any unwanted UV rays.
Protect your baby and family from harmful bacteria and viruses with powerful UV sanitization. Eliminate cold and flu causing germs in just 3 minutes. Wipe out most of airborne contaminants to make your life safer and cleaner—without harmful chemicals.