Do you know what I hate more than cleaning? Cleaning toys. It makes me want to just throw everything away and start over. Why are toys so hard to clean?!
I’ve learned a few things over the year so from one Mom that HATES cleaning to another…here are a few tips:
* Rotate toys- this not only helps you tone down the explosion of toys ALL over your house but makes cleaning easier. Less toys out = less toys to clean. Plus bringing up “new” toys (and putting some away) every few weeks keeps your kids from being bored of everything.
* Do a 5 minute clean up every night before bed. I know some people that do this before nap but then it just drives me crazy that they are out again with seconds of my kids being out of bed. This is a great “chore” for you little ones to do with you- set a timer and start cleaning up. Give a 1 minute warning for increased speed and do a little dance when the timer goes off. Make it fun!
* Use the dishwasher. Say whaaaaat?? This is the BEST idea EVER! I came across this blog by Lilac City Momma and I’ve never turned back. You can put a lot more than you think in the dishwasher! She even puts Barbie’s in there…too bad you can shove a play kitchen in one of those puppies.
*Practice good germ control. It is hard to follow your kids around with a Clorox wipe and sanitize everything they touch when they are sick. But you can help reduce the spread of germs by putting up some of those hard to clean toys and herding them to toys that are easier to clean.
*Let’s talk about bath toys for a second. I’m starting to HATE bath toys. They really are disgusting…have you ever busted one open and looked at them? We soak ours in bleach every once in awhile but it is almost impossible to get them clean inside. WHY do they make water toys with holes in them? We Love Being Moms has a great post about how to clean bath toys. Best tip? Use hot glue to “plug” the holes in the bottom of bath toys. They get a gold star for being complete geniuses!
*Why do kids attach themselves to the one and only stuffed animal they own that CAN NOT be machine washed? Mama’s Laundry Talk has a great tutorial on how to clean those animals that can’t be thrown in the wash (including those with batteries!).
Anyone else out there have tips for cleaning your kids toys?