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How to Disinfect Toys With Vinegar

By Robert Ceville ; Updated April 18, 2017
Clean your child's toys using the vinegar you have on hand at your home already.

Disinfect your child's toys using common household vinegar to prevent them from spreading germs. Cleaning toys with vinegar is not only a safe, natural alternative to disinfecting cleaners, it eliminates the need for purchasing chemical-based solutions as well. Toys that are played with while your child bathes can harbor microbes and other viruses, so wash them regularly. Clean hard and stuffed toys with vinegar to remove any traces of dirt and bacteria that could lead to a child's sickness.

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Cleaning Hard Toys With Vinegar

Pour 1 cup of water into a spray bottle. Use an empty spray bottle from under your sink if you do not have a new one available. Rinse out the old spray bottle of its contents in your kitchen sink before adding the water.

Add 1 cup of distilled vinegar to the spray bottle. Screw the lid onto the spray bottle and shake it to mix the vinegar with the water.

Spray the child's toy with the water and vinegar mixture, then wipe off it off with the cloth. Repeat until the toy has been completely cleaned and disinfected.

Cleaning Soft Toys With Vinegar

Sprinkle baking soda over the stuffed toys and place them in the washing machine. Toys made of polyester or cotton are permitted for machine wash only.

Add 3 cap fulls of distilled vinegar to the machine's rinse cycle. Place the vinegar either in the laundry soap compartment, or in the laundry machine itself.

Dry the toys in the dryer. Set the machine to tumble drying.

Things You Will Need

  • Baking soda
  • Spray bottle
  • Cloth
  • Washing machine
  • Dryer
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About the Author

Based in Florida, Robert Ceville has been writing electronics-based articles since 2009. He has experience as a professional electronic instrument technician and writes primarily online, focusing on topics in electronics, sound design and herbal alternatives to modern medicine. He is pursuing an Associate of Science in information technology from Florida State College of Jacksonville.

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