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Safely Cleaning Wooden Toys During the Pandemic

Safely Cleaning Wooden Toys During the Pandemic

Posted by Andrea Elliott on May 29th 2020

This is a question we get asked quite a bit, especially right now. Caregivers are curious the best way to clean and care for their wooden HABA toys.

As a general rule of thumb for a child's safety, disinfectants (alcohol or bleach based) should not be applied directly to any wooden early childhood toys or game pieces. Why? Wood is a naturally organic material and disinfectants damage the water-based protective coatings applied to protect the stains and/or colors beneath.

To clean wooden toys, we recommend using a lightly damp cloth; the cloth can be simply dampened with warm water. If you wish to infuse any cleaning agent we recommend a small amount of either water and a mild dish soap or a water & vinegar essence mix. Both options work extremely well in destroying bacteria and cleaning wooden toys. After cleaning the toy we strongly encourage to wipe the toy dry with a clean cloth.

REMEMBER - Wood is a natural material that soaks in moisture. Do not ever submerse wooden toys in water or place in a dishwasher.