Dear Crissy

How to clean & sanitize baby toys

Fisher Price Jumperoo

Kara is in a drooling phase, and that means her toys and baby gear are getting particularly messy!

That said, keeping her toys clean and sanitized is important to me, so I thought I would pass along a few tips for cleaning and sanitizing baby toys. I even have a great tip for using Q-Tips Cotton Swabs that will help make the job easier!

Keep reading to learn more, and you can also enter to win a $50 Gift card from Q-Tips!

How to clean and sanitize baby toys

Cleaning: Clean baby toys with regular soap and water. You can use an anti-bacterial soap if you want, but regular dish soap really works just fine. Cleaning will remove dirt and debris from your baby’s toys.

For baby equipment like the Jumperoo, I use soapy water and a washcloth to clean, however, to get the dirt (and drool) out of the small crevices and between movable pieces, I dip a few Q-Tips Cotton Swabs in soapy water. This is a great way to really get the baby’s equipment clean!

Sanitizing: To sanitize your baby’s toys, you’ll want to use a sanitizing solution. Your sanitizing solution will kill the germs that can make your baby sick. To make a simple sanitizing solution, add one tablespoon of household bleach in 1 quart of water. Diluted bleach is considered non-toxic and safe to use in cleaning your baby’s toys and equipment because the chlorine actually evaporates within minutes.

Always be sure to CLEAN before you sanitize, this will ensure you’ve removed grease and dirt.

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  1. Rio — June 26, 2012 @ 10:57 pm (#)

    For make up removal!


  2. jamie — June 26, 2012 @ 10:57 pm (#)

    I use them to clean the corners of my son’s high chair


  3. Alex Fisher — June 26, 2012 @ 10:57 pm (#)

    to clean our ears


  4. Kelly W-Y — June 26, 2012 @ 10:57 pm (#)

    Clean my ears


  5. Amy — June 26, 2012 @ 10:58 pm (#)

    Q-Tips are great for cleaning those hard to get places!


  6. Heather Carter — June 26, 2012 @ 10:58 pm (#)

    I use Q tips to clean my computer keyboard (and often!) lol


  7. Bailey Dunmire — June 26, 2012 @ 10:59 pm (#)

    I use them when I get mascara in the wrong places on my eyes.


  8. Tara — June 26, 2012 @ 10:59 pm (#)

    My son uses them to paint with. Easy cleanup!


  9. Amy — June 26, 2012 @ 11:00 pm (#)

    I use them as little paint brushes for my littlie….. thats before I use soapy water to clean up ;)


  10. Mrs. Cox — June 26, 2012 @ 11:00 pm (#)

    I use Q-tips to clean tricky spots in our home, as well as using them for crafts and painting. They’re also handy for applying balms and salves on the little one’s “owies”

    Erin Cox on RC form


  11. anne conover — June 26, 2012 @ 11:01 pm (#)

    I use q-tips to clean/sanitize the posts on my earrings. I dip them in alcohol first.


  12. Rachel DeHart — June 26, 2012 @ 11:02 pm (#)

    I use them when I paint my nails to go around and clean the egdes


  13. Jennifer B — June 26, 2012 @ 11:02 pm (#)

    I use them to clean tiny areas, and my ears (shh dont tell)


  14. Mayra — June 26, 2012 @ 11:03 pm (#)

    I use Q-tips for my make up need, so handy to do a quick fixer upper when I mess up or fix ups too!


  15. Angela — June 26, 2012 @ 11:04 pm (#)

    I soak all my girls toys in white vinegar water. Clean toys – no chemicals! This works great for kids with very sensitive skin.


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