How to Sanitize Baby Toys?


Thinking how to sanitize baby toys the right way?

Worried that your kiddo’s toys are getting too dirty?

Need a natural disinfectant to sanitize your little one’s toys?

how to sanitize baby toys

Today I thought we could talk about sanitizing kid’s toys. Kid’s toys are just like your kid, they need to be cared for properly or they could make your little one sick. I will tell you how to clean and sanitize baby toys safely, quickly and effectively.

Why clean baby toys?

Kids and toys share a special bond. They are very much attached to their toys and often carry those around with them. Most of the kids put them in their mouths and sometimes share it with their siblings or with other children. So, it is important to clean and sanitize baby toys to put diseases at bay and keep kids healthy.

You can also read All about choosing the right toy for your child – The toy story.

How to sanitize baby toys the right way?

Before getting into cleaning process, let’s categorize toys as per the materials they are made of.

Types of Toys

  • Bath toys
  • Plush toys or stuffed toys
  • Plastic toys
  • Rubber toys
  • Silicone toys
  • Wooden toys
  • Dolls with hair
  • Toys with batteries
  • Ride-on toys

#1. Plush Toys

Plush toys can be either washed by hand or in the washing machine. If washing them by hand, simply wash with a mild shampoo or baby shampoo. Air dry or sun dry it.

While using the washing machine, put all toys together in a cloth cover (you can also use a pillow cover) and wash in delicate mode. Air dry or sun dry it. Sun drying is always the best.

#2. Bath Toys

One should be very careful with bath toys. Bath toys make bath time fun but they also attract a lot of germs and mould due to the moisture. So you should try to clean them daily, dry it and store them in wire baskets or hanging type wire bags.

It can be sanitized by putting them in the DIY solution overnight which I have mentioned below.

#3. Wooden Toys

Though wooden toys are eco-friendly, the major problem arises whilst cleaning them. Wooden toys should not be dipped in water like other toys as wood swells and shrinks with moisture. When wood is moist, wood rotting fungi grows in it.

So clean this type of toys with a damp cloth and quickly wipe with a dry cloth or use alcohol wipes to clean.

You can also read my review of Dettol multi-use wipes.

#4. Plastic, Rubber and Silicone Toys

To clean these toys, simply add natural disinfectant in warm water or add baby shampoo in water, dip them for 15 to 20 min. Use your old tooth brush or a cloth to clean them. Wash in running water and air dry it.

#5. Dolls with hair

I am sure mommies with baby girls at home will be occupied more with Barbies and Ponies. So for dolls with hair, shampoo using baby shampoo, rinse well with cool water and lay them flat to dry. Don’t forget to comb the wet hair slowly before letting them completely dry.

#6. Toys with batteries

For these types of toys remove the battery before cleaning and make sure you don’t put these types of toys in water. Dip a cloth in disinfectant and wipe the exterior of the toy. Also make sure that you throw away batteries when you find it leaking.

#7. Ride-On Toys

Dip a cloth in natural disinfectant and wipe the interior and exterior of the toy. You can also read about balance bike for toddlers.

What is the best way to sanitize baby toys?

We parents opt for chemical free products when it comes to our kids. Using natural products is always the best way to clean and sanitize baby toys.

So here I am sharing with you an effective DIY natural disinfectant to clean baby toys. This homemade toy cleaner is easy to make and non-toxic.

DIY natural disinfectant for sanitizing kid’s toys:


  • Warm water – 15 cups
  • White vinegar – half cup
  • Rose water – ¼ cup (it’s completely optional. Rosewater takes away some of the unpleasant smell of vinegar)


  1. Mix the above ingredients together.
  2. Soak toys for 15 to 30 minutes in the prepared natural disinfectant. Bath toys can be soaked in this solution overnight. After soaking time wash under running water. Wipe with cloth and air dry it.

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Learn the recipe for an easy to make natural and chemical free floor cleaning solution.

Instant Cleaning/ Disinfectant:

In a spray bottle fill your DIY natural disinfectant, simply spray this solution to the toy you want to clean. After a min or two wipe with dry cloth.

How to make a stain remover for toys?

Kids have a way of getting some really stubborn stains on their toys. So here is an easy stain remover that you can make at home.


  • Baking Soda
  • Oil


  1. Make a paste of baking soda and any oil.
  2. With the help of cotton or earbuds apply to the stains in a circular motion.
  3. Rinse in water or wipe it using a wet cloth.

Hope I provided you with few simple tips to clean baby toys.

Do you clean your kids toys? What method do you use to sanitize baby toys? How often do you clean them?

If you have any other tips to clean baby toys do share it with us.


About Author

A darling wife of Vijay Varadarajan and a lovely mom to Rithvik. A Biotechnology post graduate, Jayalekshmy quit her job the very next day she became pregnant. Realized her passion for cooking after Rithvik came into their life and now loves to experiment different cuisines. Her other interests are home interior decoration, gardening, internet surfing,a bit photography and whatsaap chatting with her loved ones.

1 Comment

  1. Hi, that is a pretty extensive list and thanks for it. I have been using dettol to disinfect my lil ones toys.Will try out some of your tips as well.

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