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How do you clean wooden toys?

Here at Toys ‘n’ Wood you can tell we love wooden toys! Wooden toys are safe, natural and durable. They stimulate children’s creativity and senses. But if you find yourself like me, always picking up toys from the floor and having to clean them, you might be wondering - How is the best way to clean wooden toys?

The good news is that Wooden Toys have an amazing, naturally antibacterial quality to them – given it’s porous surface, wood absorbs the moisture and bacteria from the surface and that bacteria is said to eventually die instead of multiplying like it does on anything plastic. Research has led us to understand that wooden toys are particularly great for sharing.

Even though you don’t need to clean them every day, giving them a refresher on a regular basis will help keep them in good condition. They are very easy to clean and following the Montessori approach you might even want to involve your kids in the process!

Here are some guidelines to follow:


Keep it natural using mild dish soap, vinegar (white vinegar or apple cider work well) or other non-toxic multipurpose cleaner and dilute with water. Use a slightly damp cloth or sponge to remove dirt or dust.


Don’t soak or immerse wooden toys in water. Wood is porous and soaking might cause them to swell and change shape. Just spray, wipe with a cloth and warm water, then air dry.


Drying outside is great as it makes the drying process faster and the sun is a natural way to kill more germs. However direct strong sunlight or prolonged exposure can lead to colour fade and crack. During our Maltese summer it is better just to let wooden toys to dry inside at room temperature.

Wooden toys have to put up with a lot – they are loved, squeezed, thrown around, scattered about on the floor and taken along to the playing field or kindergarten. My daughter also loves to examine the features of her wooden toys with her mouth. So it’s really great that Wooden Toys have natural anti-bacterial properties and are more hygienic than plastic toys!



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