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Joined: 17 January 2008 Location: United States Posts: 3
Posted: 17 January 2008 at 11:36am | IP Logged
We are a portable church and I am looking for a better way to keep our nursery toys clean!
Right now we use Clorox wipes on all toys that are used each week .. then they go into storage.
I worry this might not be zapping all the germs.
What's the best way for a portable church nursery to keep those toys clean and germ free? I would love to dunk in bleach solution, but worry that the toys will go into the storage boxes wet and be nasty the next week!
Joined: 02 June 2005 Location: United States Posts: 428
Posted: 17 January 2008 at 4:14pm | IP Logged
We did the same as you with the clorox wipes each week when we were portable. One a month I would take two big bins home and deep clean the toys and the bins. The bins tended to get nasty by the end of the month!
I'm just wondering if anyone knows of any nontoxic, bleach-free ways to sanitize toys? I'm not really excited about the idea of kids being in contact with those strong chemicals, and would like to find a natural solution? Any one else use nontoxic cleaners?
We use Re-Juv-Nal spray. We just spray the toys after service and put them away into tubs or on shelves. You have to leave the spray on for at least 10 minutes for it to kill all the germs. But we have been doing this for sometime now. I have not had any problems with spraying them and leaving it on them.
We also have a small dishwasher in our preschool area so we send some of the infant toys through it to sanitize also.
You can steam toys with a steamer. Usually you can find these on Craigslist for next to nothing. If you feel that you would like something stronger than water put a few drops of tea tree oil or lavendar oil into the steam cleaner. Makes it smell nice.
Here is a link for those in doubt of steaming toys.