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How to Keep Your Kids' Toys Clean

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July 10 is National Teddy Bear Picnic Day, and before you break out your children's favorite stuffed animals to celebrate, you'll want to make sure they're clean and ready for play. After all, toys should be a source of safe entertainment for your kids - not a possible threat to their well-being. In between their teddy bears' fuzzy fibers could exist irritating dust and allergens that could cause discomfort if breathed in. Here's how to keep them clean so you can focus all of your attention on having a fun picnic with your kids and all of their favorite toys.

Store stuffed animals in a dry chest to keep out moisture.Store stuffed animals in a dry chest to keep out moisture.

Store Them Properly
Your kids probably have a few go-to toys that they constantly want to hold and play with. Keep them stowed away as much as possible to reduce the number of germs they're exposed to on a daily basis. You should have a chest of some sort in your kids' rooms to throw frequently used objects so they're easily accessible and containable. Doing so will help keep dust from falling on them and getting trapped in their fibers.

You should also make sure that there's no excessive humidity or moisture wherever you choose to store them. Any dampness could turn to mold if you're not careful.

"Baking soda can absorb foul odors and oils."

Use Baking Soda
A natural cleaner, baking soda can absorb foul odors and oils that build up on your kids' teddy bears. All you need to do is take the stuffed animal and place it in an old pillow case with a cup of baking soda. Tie up the end and shake it around vigorously so the powder covers the entire object. Let it sit for 30 minutes to absorb all of the odor, then uncover and dust off. If any baking soda remains, simply vacuum it up or comb it out with a fine bristled brush.

Vacuum Stuffed Animals
You're likely running your vacuum once a week to suck up dirt and dust on your carpet, so why not take it a step further and tackle your kids' toys in the process? You'll be able to reduce dust and other irritating particles that have built up over the course of a week, and it's barely any additional effort on your part. Use a special attachment on your vacuum so you can get in the crevices of the toy and provide your kids with a safe teddy bear for the celebrations.


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