How to Clean Outdoor Kids Toys
Outdoor kids toys can really take a beating over the winter months, and by the time the summer months roll around they can really be looking dingy. The good news is you can clean up children’s toys quite easily, you just need to know a few simple tricks. Take a look below at some helpful information on how to clean outdoor kid’s toys in a jiffy.
1. Try a vinegar wash.
In a large bucket mix 2 cups of white vinegar to 2 gallons of warm water. You can also add some lemon juice to help cut through the grime. Use a sponge or brush to scrub the mixture onto the toys and then rinse clean with the hose.
2. Buy some magic erasers.
Magic Erasers are wonderful for cutting through dirt, grease, and grime. Use the extra large erasers to wash items such as swing sets and toy houses. They will clean them well without causing any damage to the surface. Plus, the bigger size helps you cover more surface at once.
3. Behold the power of baking soda.
Baking soda can cut through grime and eliminate odor. Make a paste of baking soda and water and scrub it onto the toy surface. Wipe clean with a clean cloth and a rinse off with the hose. This works great on bike tires and more durable toys that take wear and tear.
4. Utilize the kiddie pool.
You can make a large bath for toys in an old kiddie pool. Just add water and a grease cutting dish soap like Dawn. Make a lather and toss the water safe toys in. Let them sit and soak, scrub as needed, then remove and rinse with the hose.
5. Run smaller items through the dishwasher.
Smaller handheld toys that are durable and water safe can be washed in the top rack of the dishwasher. Just toss them in and run, but do not use the heated dry option. This is an easy way to wash and sanitize smaller outdoor toys such as balls, building materials, play food, etc.
6. Use a hose attachment.
Use a spray attachment on your hose so you can use high power spraying to clean out the nooks and crannies of toys. This type of attachment will be helpful when rinsing toys and when making a lather in your kiddie pool. Just go to your local retail store and find an attachment that gives you multiple spray choices.
7. Cover items when not in use.
Last but not least, cover items when not in use. Use a tarp to protect items from sun fading and wind, dust, debris, rain, and dirt. This makes less work for you when it comes time to clean items again. When the cooler months hit, bring items inside the garage or a shed to protect them from further wear and damage.
Are you ready to get those outdoor kid’s toys looking their best? Give these tips for cleaning outdoor kid’s toys a try!