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What’s the best way to clean my toys?

People Blocks – We recommend cleaning your People Blocks with a damp cloth and warm soapy water to remove any dirt and grime as needed.

How do I clean and sanitize my People Toy Company products?

We always recommend cleaning and sanitizing baby products before giving anything to your little one.  Follow the directions on the package to determine whether is should be hand washed or can be cleaned and sanitized in a dishwasher or washing machine.


Our guidelines are from Karen Sokal-Gutierrez – M.D., M.P.H.

It’s very important to keep baby toys clean. You can reduce your baby’s chance of catching illnesses by keeping your baby’s toys and equipment clean.

There are two basic steps to cleaning baby toys and equipment:

Cleaning: Removing the dirt and grime on the toy.  You can remove this by scrubbing with a wet cloth with warm soapy water.  Regular dish soap is all you need and this will wash off many germs before sanitization.

Sanitizing: After cleaning, you can sanitize your toy with a simple sanitizing solution.  An inexpensive, effective and safe sanitizing solution can be made from diluting household liquid chlorine bleach—1 tablespoon of bleach in 1 quart of water or ¼ cup of bleach in a gallon of water. Properly diluted bleach is considered non-toxic and safe for cleaning children’s equipment since the chlorine evaporates within minutes. You can also use other approved sanitizing solutions if the label states they are non-toxic. Be sure to follow the directions carefully.Depending on your product, you will have to clean and sanitize it differently.  Follow the direction on the package to see what is best.

Small plastic toys:
By Hand – We recommend scrubbing with regular dish soap and warm water. Remove all visible dirt. After washing, sanitize the toys by dipping them in the diluted bleach solution or other approved sanitizing solutions, and let them air-dry in a dish rack.
Dishwasher – Plastic toys that don’t have batteries can be easily washed in the dishwasher with dish detergent and hot water. This cleans and sanitizes them.
Larger plastic, metal or wooden toys and toys with batteries:

By Hand – Clean the surface with soap and water, then wipe with the diluted bleach solution and let air-dry.

Fabric toys that are washing machine safe:

Washing machine  –  Wash in the laundry with laundry soap and hot water.


For more details on Karen’s simple bleach solution, click here to go to her page on Moms Against Cooties


Our parenting advice is given as advice only and follow the guidelines of . We recommend you always consult your healthcare provider, and urge you to contact them immediately if your question is urgent or about a medical condition.