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What should I use to disinfect 5mo's toys?

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Leedsmum2b Thu 18-Jun-09 11:51:57

This may be a silly question blush, but I'm not sure what product to use. Everything goes straight in my dd's mouth at the moment, so I need something, preferably in wipe form, that's gentle enough for her to lick but also counteracts the germs. The products I've seen at the supermarket tend to be either heavy-duty disinfectant for kitchen surfaces etc, or hand wipes with perfume. I even had a look at the Dettol website, but it rather unhelpfully contradicts itself about whether its products are suitable for toys or not.

Any advice much appreciated!

jeminthedark Thu 18-Jun-09 11:52:57

Give them a quick wash?

notevenamousie Thu 18-Jun-09 11:53:02

I used just hot water and a bit of bubble bath/hand soap. But not all that often blush. If that helps...

mankyscotslass Thu 18-Jun-09 11:54:22

I just used to chuck them in the washing up bowl......blush


geordieminx Thu 18-Jun-09 11:55:13

I wouldnt bother unless they get really minging then I would stick them in the dish washer or rinse in hot soapy water.

You disinfect them, put them on the floor and they are instantly covered in germs again-you could spend your whole day disinfecting stuff grin

Supercherry Thu 18-Jun-09 11:55:59

Milton wipes are fab, they sell them in Asda for about £1.50. They sterilise the item but they are safe to use on a baby's dummy, if necessary. I still carry them in my bag everywhere with me, you can wipe high chairs when eating out etc.

Leedsmum2b Thu 18-Jun-09 11:56:18

So, a bit of fairy liquid? That's unexpectedly easy then! smile Thanks!

NorbertDentressangle Thu 18-Jun-09 11:56:59

I just used to use hot soapy water if things needed washing (which they often did as my 2 frequently regurgitated vast quantities of milk!)

HensMum Thu 18-Jun-09 11:57:33

Sterilising solution for toys that can be soaked, Milton spray for those that can't. Milton may do wipes too - have a look in Boots or the supermarket in the bit with all the sterilising gumph. Or just a good wash in hot, soapy (ie. washing up liquid) water will take care of lots of nasties.

FWIW, I wouldn't worry too much about disinfecting, especially if it's just your DD using them. DS used to chew everything (still does actually, when do they grow out of that?!) and he's still here. I did sterilise all the bath toys the other day though when I noticed mould growing inside a duck blush

Leedsmum2b Thu 18-Jun-09 11:58:15

Ah, Milton do wipes - fab! I have some enormous Milton block things that you have to dissolve in about 5 litres of water, which seemed too much effort to go to, even in my unremitting quest for cleanliness grin.

GrimmaTheNome Thu 18-Jun-09 12:02:22

It depends on how many kids you've got. The rules I've heard are:

First child: suckable items must be sterilized in Milton or steam after they've been dropped on the floor.

Second child: items must be wiped over with a clean damp cloth

Third child: give them to the dog to lick clean.


AnarchyAunt Thu 18-Jun-09 12:04:29

TBH I'd prefer my child to ingest the odd bit of dirt and germs than whatever is in anti-bacterial wipes.

jeminthedark Thu 18-Jun-09 12:05:11

Gimma- grin, yes it was abit like that...!

Leedsmum2b Thu 18-Jun-09 12:06:00

Thanks Grimma - it's probably quite obvious that this is my FB grin.

mistlethrush Thu 18-Jun-09 12:24:45

I'm afraid my pfb thought that the dog's toys were fantastic to chew on (great for teething aparently) so we didn't worry - just used washing up liquid if necessary blush

(Disclaimer - we did remove said dogs toys from him asap - I mean, it wasn't fair on the dog for one thing as she knew perfectly well that she wasn't allowed to chew his toys!)

melmog Thu 18-Jun-09 12:40:21

Oh God, I must the worst Mummy on here. I don't think I have ever washed any toys... other than the ones ds1 poo'd on once.

GrimmaTheNome Thu 18-Jun-09 12:45:09

melmog, I expect your DCs have fabulous immune systems.

melmog Thu 18-Jun-09 12:58:02

You may be right Grimma. I did it on purpose of course, I'm not just lazy!

clemette Thu 18-Jun-09 13:08:46

My hazy memory tells me the only germs they need protecting from are those connected to raw food (e-coli etc). Everything else the NEED exposure to.

Bucharest Thu 18-Jun-09 13:11:21

..and the more anti-bac stuff we are conned into buying, the worse our children's immune systems will be....

My house is minging and dd is never sick grin When her plastic tat precious objects get grey with dust I rinse them under the tap.

MrsTittleMouse Thu 18-Jun-09 13:14:10

I don't disinfect either. Once they're old enough to be grubbing about on the floor I consider it to be a normal part of growing up to encounter germs (different for a newborn, of course). Only things that have been vomitted on get a run through the washing machine. I am never going to open the waste pipe of our washing machine!

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