May 25, 2009
Disinfecting toys

What's the best way to disinfect toys that are used by many children in a semi-public place?


Our church nursery is looking for suggestions.  They had been spraying the toys with Thymol,
an organic spray that apparently smelled "really really bad".  They are now looking for an alternative that is ideally non-toxic, non-smelly and doesn't require wiping.


Brendan says: "It kind of makes me feel like asking if anyone also knows the average air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?"

On May 25, 2009 at 10:49 am
Vera Kan said:
I'm a neat freak so I dunk in water and wash, I wipe what I can't dunk in water and all the soft toys go into the washer once every week or two. But what I don't see them NOT-DOING at the daycare, I don't need to know!

(the thought of all those kids sucking on the same toys and what-do-you-know Astra has another cold..*sigh*)
On May 25, 2009 at 10:54 am
Donielle@Raising Peanuts said:
What about one of those hand held steamers? Aren't those supposed to kill germs? At home I use vinegar in one sprayer and hydrogen peroxide in the other. One spritz of each and I wipe.
On May 25, 2009 at 11:30 am
Pamela said:
2 teaspoons of tea tree oil in four cups of water. I use that to disinfect everything.
On May 25, 2009 at 11:32 am
Pamela said:
ummm... I put it in a spray bottle. Forgot to mention that part.
On May 25, 2009 at 01:48 pm
Heather of the EO said:
YES! What Pamela said.

MckMama of My Charming Kids did a recent post on chemical-free natural cleaning. I'd link to it, but I only have a moment. I'm sure you could find it by searching her blog. :)
On May 25, 2009 at 02:01 pm
Mary @ Parenthood said:
Aha! I knew I'd read something on topic recently, but couldn't put my finger on where. Those of you wondering, the link Heather is referring to is
On May 25, 2009 at 03:09 pm
Rachel said:
Bio-Kleen makes a good product called Bac-Out. Diluted in a spray bottle, it'd be perfect.
On May 25, 2009 at 03:18 pm
Dianne said:
Several friends say tea tree oil, others vote for the vinegar spray bottle.

Mary can you send me an email... mine is bouncing back from you.

On May 26, 2009 at 07:32 pm
Richard said:
Question for the parents: in terms of convenience (no wiping required) and safety (not toxic yet kills germs effectively), is tea tree oil better than vinegar? And is "bac-out" better than either option?

Cost is not an issue - the key is convenience and safety.


Richard (nursery coordinator at Mary's church).

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