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How to Clean Wooden Blocks and Toys Naturally: A Simple Guide for Parents

Hey there, fellow parents! If you’re anything like me, your little ones probably have a mountain of wooden blocks and toys scattered around the house. These timeless playthings are fantastic for sparking creativity and honing fine motor skills, but they also attract dirt, grime, and the occasional smear of mystery goo. Fear not! I’m here to walk you through how to clean wooden blocks and toys using organic and natural supplies. We'll keep things safe for the kiddos and kind to the planet.

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When it comes to picking toys for your kids, wooden ones are a great choice. They're sturdy, made from natural products, connect little ones to nature, and super easy to clean! Go for fun options like our personalized push toys, baby rattles, memory matching game, and picture or animal alphabet blocks. These toys are not only durable and eco-friendly, but also perfect for playtime adventures. Plus, they're simple to maintain, so you can spend more time playing and less time cleaning up!

 

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Why Cleaning Wooden Blocks and Toys is Important

Before diving into the cleaning methods, let’s chat about why it’s crucial to keep these toys clean. Kids are notorious for putting everything (yes, everything) in their mouths. This means their toys can become a hotbed for germs, bacteria, and allergens. Regular cleaning helps to:

Prevent Illness

By removing germs and bacteria, you reduce the risk of infections and colds.

Maintain Your Toys

Proper cleaning preserves the integrity and longevity of wooden toys.

Eco-Friendly Approach

Using natural cleaners is better for the environment and safer for your children’s delicate systems.


Choosing the Right Cleaning Supplies

When it comes to cleaning wooden blocks and toys, steer clear of harsh chemicals. Not only are they bad for the environment, but they can also leave residues that aren't safe for kids. Instead, opt for these natural, eco-friendly alternatives:

  • Warm, Soapy Water: Our preferred wood toy/block cleaner and disinfectant.
  • White Vinegar: A natural disinfectant that kills bacteria and removes odors.
  • Olive Oil: Great for conditioning and protecting wood.
  • Lemon Juice: Adds a fresh scent and has antibacterial properties PLUS you only need a couple drops.
  • Baking Soda: Excellent for scrubbing off stubborn grime without damaging the wood.
  • Castile Soap: A gentle, biodegradable soap made from vegetable oils.

How to Clean Wooden Blocks and Toys

Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of cleaning those wooden treasures by following our simple steps.

Gather Your Supplies

You’ll need:

  • Warm, soapy water
  • Lemon juice (optional for scent)
  • Olive oil (for conditioning)
  • A soft cloth or sponge
  • A small brush or toothbrush
  • Baking soda (for tough stains)
  • Castile soap (for a deeper clean)

 

Step 1: Wash Your Wooden Blocks/Toys

Clean Wooden Blocks and Toys

Stains or Grime?

Before you wipe down the whole toy, start by spot cleaning any noticeable stains or grime. Sprinkle a bit of baking soda on the stain and then scrub gently with a damp cloth or a toothbrush. 

Light Clean Needed?

Wipe your damp cloth directly onto the wooden blocks/toys. Don’t soak the wood. Use a soft cloth to wipe down each toy, ensuring you get into all the nooks and crannies.

Deep Clean Required?

For toys that need a deeper clean (think those that have been through a particularly sticky playdate), add a few drops of Castile soap to a bowl of warm water. Dip your cloth in the soapy water and wring it out well before wiping down the toys. Again, avoid soaking the wood. Rinse the cloth with plain water and wipe the toys again to remove any soap residue.

 

Step 2: Dry Thoroughly

After Cleaning, Thoroughly Dry Wooden Blocks and Toys

 

After cleaning, make sure the toys dry completely before your little ones play with them again. Moisture can cause the wood to warp or develop mold. Lay the toys out on a clean towel in a well-ventilated area until they are completely dry.

 

Step 3: Sand

Lightly Sand Wooden Blocks and Toys After Cleaning

 

As needed, hand-sand with fine-grit sandpaper, paying special attention to the edges. This keeps your handmade toys and blocks smooth enough for your little ones tiny fingers.  However, you should skip this step for our Spell Well Name Puzzles

 

Step 4: Condition the Wood

Condition as Needed After Cleaning Wooden Blocks and Toys

 

Once the toys are clean and dry, it’s a good idea to condition the wood to keep it from drying out and cracking. Use a clean cloth to apply a light coat of food-grade oil to nourish and protect your toy. We suggest olive, coconut, or flaxseed oil.

Rub the oil into the wood in a circular motion. This will not only keep the wood looking beautiful but also add an extra layer of protection against future dirt and grime. You can skip this step for any unoiled wood toy/block such as our Teethers


Tips and Tricks

  • Regular Maintenance: Wipe down wooden toys weekly with a dry cloth and do a more thorough cleaning once a month.
  • Avoid Submerging: Never soak wooden blocks and toys in water. This can cause the wood to swell and crack.
  • Sunshine Boost: Occasionally, place wooden blocks and toys in the sunlight for a short period. Sunlight is a natural disinfectant and can help kill any lingering bacteria.

Why Naturally Cleaning Wooden Blocks and Toys is Best

Opting for natural and organic cleaning supplies isn't just about keeping your kids safe; it’s also about protecting our planet. Harsh chemicals in conventional cleaners can be harmful to wildlife and water sources. By using vinegar, baking soda, and other natural ingredients, you’re making a small but significant contribution to a healthier environment.

Moreover, children have developing immune systems, and their skin is more sensitive than adults. Natural cleaners reduce the risk of allergic reactions and chemical burns. Plus, you’re setting a great example for your kids about sustainable living.

 

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Conclusion

Cleaning wooden blocks and toys might seem like a chore, but with the right approach it can be a simple and satisfying task. By using natural cleaning supplies like soapy water and olive oil, you ensure that your children’s toys are safe, clean, and long-lasting. Plus, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you’re doing your part for the environment.

So, next time you see that stack of wooden blocks or that beloved wooden train set looking a bit grubby, grab your natural cleaning supplies and get to work. Your kids (and the planet) will thank you! And if you’re looking to add more eco-friendly fun to your playroom, be sure to visit our best seller collection of personalized wooden blocks and toys to pick out your child’s next toy or gift for another little in your life.

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