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  • 6 Easy Cleaning Hacks For Your Child’s Wooden Toys To Avoid Mold From Forming

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6 Easy Cleaning Hacks For Your Child’s Wooden Toys To Avoid Mold From Forming
PHOTO BY Courtesy of Vera Villarosa-Orila and Carmelle Domingo
  • From cute and colorful plastic pieces to sturdier wooden ones – toys take up plenty of storage space in a home. Aside from helping your little ones develop specific skills, toys also serve as their companions from day to night – with some kids bringing their favorites with them to bed, and depending on their age, they even chew on their playthings, too.

    Given this, are you a hundred percent sure the toys are clean? It’s one thing to store them properly into bins and another to clean them thoroughly.

    If you’re seeing grime and black spots on their toys, chances are, mold and mildew are starting to form. There’s no need to worry as you can easily get rid of mold using essentials found in your space.

    How do mold and mildew form on wooden toys?

    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Carmelle Domingo
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    If you’re one of the many who prefer wooden toys for your kids, you might be wondering why mold forms easily. According to the Natural Wooden Toys website, “wooden toys can become an environment for mold because wood is porous, meaning it can trap water on the surface and inside of it.” Once a spore settles on a damp area, it will start to grow. In addition to wooden toys, wooden shelves can instantly turn into a breeding ground for mold as well.

    How often should you clean your kids’ toys?

    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Vera Villarosa-Orila
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    Vera Villarosa-Orila, mom to Bravo, makes it a point to clean her son’s toys every night. “I’d wipe down all his toys and books when he’s asleep. These days, I just clean the toys he uses because he doesn’t bite or try to eat his toys like when was much younger,” she shares.

    Carmelle Domingo, mom to Primo, follows a similar approach. “When Primo was younger, I would clean up daily – every night or in the morning before he wakes up. Nowadays, since he no longer puts things in his mouth, I sanitize and wipe his things twice or thrice a week,” she explains.

    Both moms shared that they use wipes and sanitizing solutions when cleaning their kids’ toys and shelves. Aside from dusting regularly, Carmelle also makes sure she air-dries or wipes each toy dry when her schedule allows.

    “I air dry his wooden toys before putting them back in their containers. Primo’s toy containers are also wooden baskets so I make sure that anything wooden are dry before storing them away,” she adds. Keeping toys and shelves dry is important to prevent the growth of mold.

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    How do you remove mold and mildew on toys and shelves?

     Harsh cleaners are a no-no when cleaning wooden toys and shelves as it can dry out the wood. An article on Mothermag.com suggests cleaning them once a month or every couple of weeks to keep them in good condition.

    Airing out toys and allowing shelves to dry are important steps you shouldn’t skip to avoid mold and mildew. Here are more tips to keep in mind:

    Homemade solutions are the way to go!

    Mix one part vinegar with 10 parts water to create a mild and effective cleanser you can use on wooden toys. You can spray the solution or use a washcloth when cleaning. Once done, wipe the toys using a clean washcloth and warm water before leaving it to air dry.

    Count on the sun.

    Mothermag.com explains that, “putting them in the sun will help kill even more germs and speed up the drying process.”

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    Avoid soaking the toys on your cleaning solution.

    As much as possible use a soft sponge or a washcloth when cleaning as soaking the toys may cause the toys to warp and lose its shape.

    Replenish the moisture on your wooden toys and shelves.

    Natural Wooden Toys explains that “wood needs moisture in order to not dry out.” To keep wooden items polished, using a rag, you can coat them in olive oil or a beeswax polish after cleaning.

    Vinegar can help get rid of stains, too.

    If the shelves and wooden toys have stains, a concentrated solution of vinegar and water can help remove these. Spray the solution onto the surface, scrub it gently with a sponge, then put it under the sun to dry.

    Use lemon to get rid of mold.

    If black mold has already formed on the wood, you can use lemon, as suggested by one mom in our parenting community, Smart Parenting Village

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     According to Country Living, "juice three to five lemons and pour over the affected area. Let it sit for five minutes and then wipe it away with a damp towel.” You can also try using an old toothbrush to scrub if the towel is not enough, or mixing the lemon juice with dish soap.

    Keeping wooden toys and shelves in good condition is easy using home staples. Watch out for mold and mildew, and make sure you deal with them right away.

    Looking for all-natural cleaners? Click here to make your own solutions!

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