How to Remove Yellowing From Plastic Toys

By Crystal Bonser
Use sandpaper to remove the yellowed layer of plastic.
Use sandpaper to remove the yellowed layer of plastic.

When plastic is exposed to light or oils for an extended period of time, a chemical reaction occurs that causes it to turn yellow. Not to worry — most yellowed-toys can be restored to their original color using bleach and a few items you likely have lying around your house.

Submerge the yellowed item in a bucket filled with equal parts of water and bleach.

Wait an hour or longer until the bleach has removed the yellow color. You don't need to do anything else here; just let the toy soak.

Remove the toy from the bucket.

Wash the bleach from the toy using dish detergent.

Dry the toy with a dish towel.

Gently rub superfine sandpaper along any areas that remain yellow.

Wipe the toy with a soft cloth to remove any dust from the sanding.

Things You Will Need

  • Bleach
  • Water
  • Dish detergent
  • Bucket
  • Dish towel
  • Soft cloth
  • Superfine sandpaper

Tip

As an alternative to using bleach, you can scrub the toy with a powdered scouring disinfectant and a moistened scrubbing sponge.

About the Author

Crystal Bonser has been working as a freelance writer and editor for an educational website since 2009. She is also the creator of a pet-loss website on which she facilitates weekly grief support groups. Bonser holds a Bachelor of Social Work and a minor in psychology from Ryerson University.