How should I clean my baby's toys?

Q: How should I clean my baby's toys?

A: Wash plastic toys when they're new, and then on a regular basis, in the top rack of your dishwasher. To disinfect toys -- especially after your baby's been sick or you've had kids visiting -- wipe them with hydrogen peroxide. Stuffed toys collect dust mites, which can be a problem for a child who has allergies or asthma, so machine-wash them regularly. If the toy isn't machine-washable, surface-clean it with a mix of water and mild detergent. Air-dry it in a sunny spot indoors, then put it in a plastic bag in the freezer overnight. --Michele Bender

Copyright©: 2005. Reprinted with permission from the June 2005 issue of Parents magazine. Updated 2009

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