You should ALWAYS clean the items you listed before someone receives it. If you are the recipient, you should clean the item before you use it. Below you will find some guidelines on how to clean in an inexpensive, effective and in a safe manner. *Cleaning toys should be done on a monthly basis -if you find time ;)There are two basic steps for cleaning toys and equipment:
You must first clean the surface area before you sanitize it. You can hand-wash plastic toys in the sink with a clean sponge or rag, soap and warm water. You don't need to use anti-bacterial soap; regular dish soap is fine.
Dilute household liquid chlorine bleach—1 tablespoon of bleach in 1 quart of water or ¼ cup of bleach in a gallon (3.8 liters) of water. Properly diluted bleach can be considered non-toxic and safe for cleaning children's equipment, as the chlorine evaporates within minutes. BE CERTAIN TO KEEP THE BLEACH AWAY FROM CHILDREN. You can also use other non-toxic and approved sanitizing solutions. Be certain to follow the directions carefully.
Small plastic toys that don't have batteries can also be washed in the dishwasher using detergent and hot water. – You must run the entire wash cycle, this should clean and sanitize them. For larger metal, plastic or wooden toys and equipment you can clean the surface with soap and water, then wipe with a diluted bleach solution (1 tablespoon of bleach in 1 quart of water or ¼ cup of bleach in a gallon (3.8 liters) of water.) and let air-dry. To clean toys and equipment made from fabric, first consult the instructional tags, most will state if the item must be hand-washed or is permitted to be tossed into washing machine.
Almost all of us have a story about how we gagged and almost got sick from the smell of the magical surprise left in a childs diaper; well this is a method that I use (often) to neutralize the air. 15-20 drops of essential oils (any scent you want, I use OldSpice After Shave) 1/2 cup white vinegar 1 1/2 cups water A stronger version of this spray can be made by using a higher ratio of vinegar to water and increasing the essential oils to 20 – 30 drops A quick spray into the air will freshen up the room.
Shake the bottle well right before you use it (remember, you have to mix the oil with the water). Spritz product about 10 times on top of the toilet bowl water The intended end product creates an oily, scented barrier that floats atop your toilet bowl water (the food colouring will help you identify if the product has full coverage), which will trap your deposit underneath, including all unpleasant odours. Then, just flush and move on; no one’s going to know what happened in there.