Caring for Your Toys

How to Care for your HABA Toys

Toys are meant to be played with, that's obvious. But what does "playing with" actually mean? Well, it can mean drooled on, tossed around, rolled on the ground, squeezed, stretched, soaked and shared with others to name a few examples. All of that adds up to... dirt. Toys need to be cleaned but it's not one-size-fits-all. Appropriate cleaning methods vary depending on the material. Here are our recommendations for cleaning HABA toys:

Wooden Toys

Wood is a natural material.  Anti-bacterial disinfectants (alcohol or bleach based) should never be applied directly to any of our HABA wooden toys or game pieces.  

Why?  Wood is a naturally organic material; disinfectants damage the water-based protective coatings applied to protect the stains and/or colors beneath.  To clean our wooden toys, we recommend using a cloth with a very small amount of warm water.   If you feel you must infuse a cleaning agent, we recommend a small amount of either water and a mild dish soap (such as DAWN) or a water & vinegar essence mix.  Both options work well in destroying bacteria and cleaning wooden toys.  After cleaning the toy, we strongly encourage to wipe the toy dry with a clean cloth. 


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

Silicone Toys

Silicone is much easier to clean than wood.  Our silicone toys are dishwasher safe.  Or they can be hand washed with hot water, mild dish detergent (such as DAWN) mix or you can drop into a pan of boiling water for one minute.  Boiling water is the most natural way to clean and sanitize. Please do not use a home sterilizer; the steam is not a recommended means for cleaning silicone.  

Dolls and Plush Baby Items

HABA’s plush toys are able to be hand washed, or put into a washing machine on gentle cycle, warm water.  For optimal results, please allow the items to air dry.  We recommend inserting the dolls and/or doll clothing into a pillowcase or washing bag before putting into the washing machine with other items.