How to clean wooden toys

October 7, 2022Advice, How to, Information, Parenting

There are few things tots love more than toys. They’re not only fun to play with but are an important part of their development! But as little ones explore through taste and texture, your child’s favourite toys will likely end up in their mouth.

Toys have a habit of finding their way onto the floor, under sofas and into the garden. Putting two and two together, it’s clear why their toys must be kept clean.

Plastic toys are easy to wipe down, but how exactly do you keep wooden toys free from germs? Luckily, cleaning classic and durable wooden toys is easy. Let’s go through it step by step.

Are wooden toys less sanitary than plastic toys?

No! It’s quite the opposite. While bacteria can live on plastic for up to 24 hours, wood has natural antibacterial qualities, meaning that germs on wooden toys will be killed much faster.

Wood’s porous surface makes it harder for bacteria to survive by depriving it of moisture. Plastic toys are easy to wipe down, but they can quickly begin to crack, offering the perfect hiding place for germs.

That said, all your toys are safe for your baby to play with if you clean them regularly and check for signs of wear.

A step-by-step guide to cleaning wooden toys

Here’s what you need to know when cleaning wooden toys.

Step 1: What do you need to clean wooden toys?

Our first tip is always to go natural. Commercial cleaning solutions and disinfectants contain toxic chemicals that could harm your little one if they end up in their mouth.

Water is the best option for cleaning wooden toys. If you need something a little stronger, simply dilute white vinegar with warm water to create a natural yet effective cleaning solution. You’ll also need a cloth to hand.

While these two options are the easiest to get your hands on and are budget-friendly, you can also buy products that are good for cleaning wooden toys. Vital Baby’s HYGIENE AQUAINT sanitising water comes in a compact 50ml bottle that is great for creating a wooden toy cleaning set for keeping toys sanitary on the go.

Step 2: Cleaning

Dampen the cloth with water or diluted vinegar solution and wipe it over the toy. Make sure to get into any nooks and crannies where germs may be hiding.

Wooden toys your baby plays with regularly and that end up in their mouth should be cleaned once every day or two.

The best way to clean wooden toys is with a simple wipe-down, so never wash them under running water or leave them to soak in the sink. This will only damage the toy, causing any paint to lose its vibrancy and the shape to swell and warp.


Step 3: Let them dry

The last step is to leave the toys out to dry. If the sun is shining, leave the toys on a clean surface in the garden to help them dry faster. Once they’re dry, they’re ready to be returned to the toy box!

You now know how easy it is to keep their wooden toys clean and in great condition.

How to clean second-hand wooden toys

Wooden toys are beautiful and durable, so lucky you if you’ve found a good quality pre-loved toy! As long as the toy is in good condition, without any signs of damage or cracks, there’s no reason why your tot shouldn’t love it. You can clean second-hand wooden toys using the same methods above.

Beautiful wooden toys they’ll cherish forever

Parents love wooden toys because they’re lovely to look at, often painted in delightful pastel shades that are perfect for decorating a little one’s nursery. They’re also environmentally friendly as wooden toys are long-lasting and crafted from natural materials.

At My 1st Years, we love wooden toys because they’re great for helping children develop and learn. Our lovely wooden toys are designed to teach tots of all ages hand-eye coordination, creativity, matching and motor skills. From colourful xylophones to keepsake blocks and shape sorters, we have a massive range of beautiful educational toys to explore.

Make sure to add your little one’s name to their toy with our personalisation service to create a much-loved keepsake!