Dear Home-Ec 101,
What is the best way to clean infant toys?
Stink, Rattle & Roll
When cleaning toys that are going to go into a baby’s mouth (which is everything baby gets her hands on), you want to go with cleaning products that are both natural and safe. I have two recommendations.
For toys that need a good scrubbing, use baking soda. It has very mild abrasive power and is great for removing odors as well. Just mix it with water to make a very thin paste and scrub away!
For a cleanser with antiseptic properties, use 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil to 2 cups of water and put into a spray bottle. Spray onto the toys and wipe clean. Tea tree oil has well known antiseptic properties and is safe to use. Make sure you keep any undiluted tea tree oil away from children as undiluted tea tree oil can cause skin irritation.
Thanks for a great question!
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