How To Wash Plastic Toys

updated May 4, 2019
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As I mentioned recently in a post about cleaning stuffed animals, my somewhat psycho-rigid side prevents me from having too much fun with things like grime and dirt in general. Imagine my badly faked smile when a couple of weeks ago, my kids giddily brought up a box full of 30-year-old LEGOS from my parents’ basement!

This brought up a mind-numbing cycle: the inventory of all plastic toys needing to be cleaned in our house and how to do it.

Well, turns out it’s not that complicated. phew!

Building blocks, LEGOS, large non electronic plastic toys can generally be washed in the dishwasher. Simply use a mesh bag or colander and wash in the upper drawer. It is recommended to use 1/4 cup of baking soda instead of detergent in this case, and let them air dry rather than using the heat setting.

  • Of course you can hand wash them as well using warm water and dishwashing detergent. Let the toys soak for a few minutes before scrubbing using a sponge.

Toys with electronic components can be washed with a soft cloth and a spray bottle of white vinegar. Spray the toy and wipe clean, let it dry.

To remove mold from bath toys, you can soak them in white vinegar overnight. If it looks like it needs another round, soak them in warm water overnight with a denture tablet and rinse thoroughly the next day.

Tip: Include the kids in the hand washing, it becomes quite a game!