Toy Cleaning, updated in 2020 to comply with Victorian Department of Health and Human Services guidelines
Toy cleaning basics
Toys and bags must be cleaned at home before returning toys to the toy library. This protects your family, other members and our volunteers.
Wipe the toy thoroughly with a cloth damp with either a pH neutral detergent (such as diluted dishwashing detergent) or a 2-in-1 cleaner/disinfectant (most multipurpose sprays available at the supermarket).
If using a 2-in-1 multipurpose spray, the solution must be sprayed onto the cloth until it is quite damp. You can use something like an old toothbrush or a cotton bud to get into hard to reach places.
Dry the toy with a tea towel or leave to dry overnight. Please make sure the toy is perfectly dry before returning it to its bag or box. Do not submerge toys in water as they can trap water inside them or in the case of wooden toys, they can get too wet to effectively dry.
Once dry, please re-print toy number onto the toy with a black permanent marker.
Please wipe down bag surface and handle with a 2-in-1 multipurpose spray.
- Baby rattles
Do not to immerse rattles in water as they collect water which can lead to harmful bacteria developing. Wipe the surface with a cloth.
- Wooden Toys and Train Sets
Wipe over. Allow time to thoroughly dry. These toys should not be immersed or soaked.
Wash well with hot soapy water and a toothbrush. Rinse and leave to drain overnight.
- Bath toys
Please wash after using in the bath and ensure no water remains trapped in the toy.
- Board Games and Cardboard Puzzles
Paper-based materials, such as puzzles and games, are not considered a high risk for transmission and do not need additional cleaning or disinfection procedures. Please clean counters and other plastic parts of a game.
- Fabric items (Dress-ups/Puppets/Dolls Bedding/Infant Soft Toys)
Hand wash or gentle machine wash with laundry detergent and hang to thoroughly line dry.
- Bikes, scooters and other ride-ons
These must be washed, keeping in mind that the next member may wish to use them inside.
- Toy storage bags and boxes
Wipe handles and all areas that have been touched, ensuring everything is dry before placing toys back in them.