How to Clean Baby Toys - A Complete Guide


From plastic teething toys to stuffed animals, we have the ultimate guide to how to clean baby toys and keep your little one’s playtime hygienic and joyful!

We all had that toy we dragged everywhere as a child, right? The more your kids love their toys, the more they play with them—and the dirtier they can get. Especially going into cold and flu season, it’s important to regularly clean your children’s prize possessions to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria. Read on to learn how to clean baby toys—so your little ones can continue to have good, clean fun!

How to Clean Baby Toys Made of Plastic

Gather all non-absorbent kids toys together. Fill a sink or bucket with warm water, and dissolve an Oxi Booster pod to create a cleaning solution. Wash each toy, then rinse in clean water. Dry them with a Swedish Dish Cloth, and voila! 

Looking to clean a batch of legos, or toys with nooks and crannies? Your dishwasher may be your new best friend! That’s right, you can place plastic toys in the top rack of the dishwasher. Add a Dishwasher Detergent Pod and run on a regular cycle. The toys will be sparking clean with little effort on your part!


How to Wash Baby Toys Made of Fabric

Stuffed animals

Stuffed or cloth toys can be washed easily in the washing machine! Toss in a Laundry Detergent Pod—we recommend Baby & Sensitive Skin Detergent for your very little ones, but any of our pods will do! Use hot water for extra disinfection. If the plush pals are particularly dirty or stained, add an Oxi Booster pod for an extra boost of cleaning power that won’t irritate your child’s sensitive skin. You may also want to place each toy in a mesh laundry bag for extra protection! Soft toys may take longer than your average laundry item to dry, so add our XL Wool Dryer Balls to help them dry quickly and evenly. 

If you are washing a particularly delicate toy, you may want to try handwashing. Fill a sink or bucket with warm water and add a pump of Ultra Concentrated Laundry Detergent. Gently wash the toy, paying special attention to any particularly dirty spots or stains. Rinse with clean water, and let dry. If teddy’s fur is looking a little flattened, you can use a hair dryer to fluff their fur back up!

Frequently Asked Questions

Have more burning questions about how to clean baby toys? We’ve got answers to help you learn the best way to clean baby toys, no matter how dirty they are.

How do you sanitize baby toys?

So your baby’s toys need a deep clean, but you’re looking to avoid harsh chemicals. It’s easy to learn how to sanitize baby toys without bleach. The classic soap and water is best! We recommend using a cleaning product that is tough on dirt without containing harsh chemicals, like Dropps Oxi Booster Pods. Use warm or hot water for extra cleaning power. It’s important to regularly sanitize your child’s toys, particularly if they put them in their mouth!

What is the safest way to clean baby toys?

In addition to employing the proper cleaning methods, there is one factor that can play a huge role in keeping your baby’s toys clean and safe: how often you clean them! Cleaning baby toys regularly is the best way to be sure that your baby’s toy box stays safe and hygienic. Regular cleaning prevents bacteria growth and slows the spread of germs. Regardless of the cleaning method you use, making cleaning part of your regular routine is the best way to keep your baby safe and healthy–not to mention keeping those toys looking great!