This post was sponsored by GOJO, the makers of PURELL® Multi Surface Disinfectant, as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Cold and flu season is officially upon us, although if you have kids, that season seems to be never ending! Little ones put everything in their mouths. Older kids put their hands in their mouths (and ears, and noses, and eyes) and how good are they really at hand-washing? One of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs is to tackle them at the source. Here’s how to disinfect toys to stop bacteria and viruses in their tracks.
1. Disinfect hard, plastic toys in the dishwasher
Put them in the top rack and select heated-dry. You can even find baskets meant for sterilizing baby bottles and pacifiers to put the toys into before putting them in the dishwasher. Make sure the toys you disinfect and clean this way aren’t fabric or have batteries in them. These toys can also be boiled for 10 minutes, but keep a close eye on the pot to make sure the water doesn’t boil out. (You’ll melt the toys or start a fire!) Always let the toys cool completely before giving them back to your child.
2. Wipe play surfaces down with PURELL® Multi Surface Disinfectant
Tackle the art table, the LEGO and train tables, and any other play surfaces with this spray that kills 99.9% of germs (including strep and salmonella) without harsh chemicals. It even works on soft surfaces! While PURELL® Multi Disinfectant Spray can handle almost anything, I especially like to use it to disinfect and clean hard-to-clean areas (refer back to the LEGO table). Simply spray it on and don’t worry about rinsing! It doesn’t have harsh fumes, toxic residues, or bleach in it, and it doesn’t stain. It’s worry-free to use around pets and has been approved for use on food prep surfaces. It’s worry-free, fast-acting, and made by a brand I trust. There really is nothing else like it on the market.
3. Use a mixture of distilled white vinegar and water to clean wooden toys
You might ruin them if you submerge wooden toys completely in water, so use a dampened cloth instead. You can spray this mixture on other toys, too. Let them sit for 15 minutes before wiping them dry.
4. Go natural (and smell great while you’re at it)
There are tons of recipes online that demonstrate how to disinfect toys using essential oils. I like to mix tea tree and lemon oils with hot water.
5. Throw well-loved stuffed animals into the washing machine
Run them through the hot cycle and use a lingerie bag for small plush toys. This is especially good to do if your child has a few favorites she snuggles regularly. To really make sure they’re cleaned and disinfected, spray on some PURELL® Multi Disinfectant Spray. It’s safe for stuffed animals too!
Right now, you can get 20% off the new PURELL Multi Surface Disinfectant I mentioned when you buy it on Amazon.com. It’s definitely a product you’ll want in your arsenal so you’re never left wondering how to disinfect toys.
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About Carmen Sognonvi
Carmen Sognonvi is a luxury family travel content creator at Top Flight Family, named a top 10 family travel Instagram account by Time Out New York and Brit + Co. Her insights on travel have been featured in The Washington Post, INSIDER, Huffington Post, Wanderlust Travel Magazine, TravelPulse, HOTELS Magazine, and more. Carmen firmly believes that you can (and should) travel with your kids from a young age. She offers families practical solutions for travel, as well as tips on how to travel in luxury for less. She lives in New York City with her multiracial and multicultural family of four. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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