If you are like me and have no dishwasher the thought of “how the heck do I disinfect plastic toys” may have crossed your mind. Well, I have excellent news for us, my friend! Your washing machine is how!
That’s right, the machine that washed your clothes can wash your kids plastic toys! Woohoo! Of course magnetic, wooden, and battery operated toys should not go in the washer.
All you need to do is run your washer on a hot setting with or without the spin cycle. I added about a tablespoon of Thieves cleaner to mine. Vinegar or bleach can also be added to really clean. Once the cycle is done simply spread the toys out on a towel to dry.
If you have had a sick kid or just don’t remember the last time you cleaned toys now is the time to do it!
Grabbing a mesh bag to put the toys in is an excellent idea to make removing the toys from the washer a breeze. Another option is to tie off a pillow case. Of course simply tossing toys in loose will work fine!