Your kid's toys are probably full of germs
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Small children love their toys and sippy cups. They love them so much they carry them everywhere—the kitchen, the car, even the bathroom. Then, after they’ve managed to expose them to as many germs as possible, they plop them right into their mouths.
Microbiologist Dr. Susan Witterier of New York - Presbyterian/Columbia University Hospital tested 50 bath toys and sippy cups for ABC’s Good Morning America and found mold and/or bacteria on all 50 of them. Worse, they found fecal matter present in 20 percent of the sippy cups.
Needless to say, it’s important for every parent to learn how to clean and disinfect their children’s sippy cups and toys. Read on to learn how to easily keep your child's toys clean and germ-free.
Hydrogen Peroxide is perfect for cleaning and disinfecting plastic children’s toys because it kills germs and it’s safe for your household and little ones. It’s also less expensive than most cleaning products you buy at the store. We recommend wearing protective gloves when using hydrogen peroxide so it doesn’t irritate your skin.
Never soak wood toys in water, even in cases with caked-on dirt; moisture is the enemy of wood and excess water will cause the toys to bloat and swell. In addition, hydrogen peroxide is too astringent for wood and could lead it to splinter and crack.
Many cloth toys can be washed in the washing machine. It’s best, however, to use a little TLC and hand wash anything with embellishments such as glitter, buttons, yarn, ribbons, embroidery, etc. If you’re unsure, and there isn’t an instruction tag, it’s probably best to err on the side of caution.
Most plastic sippy cups—whether they're one of our top rated or not—can be cleaned and sanitized by using the heated power of the dishwasher. Follow the cleaning directions for the specific brand you use in order to avoid melting. It’s also important to separate the components beforehand (cup, lid, straw, etc.).