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How To Clean Wooden Toys and Wooden Building Blocks

So, you finally invested in some quality wooden blocks for your child’s block center.

Now, you are wondering how to clean and care for your investment. We’re happy to say it is easier than you think!

Your wooden building blocks and toys can be like new again, as simple as 1, 2, 3! 

Here is how to clean and protect the natural beauty of your quality wooden toys for years of creative play.

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How to Clean Wooden Toys and Wooden Building Blocks. Easy as 1, 2 & 3!

Wooden building toys have long been a household favorite. Their safe, non-toxic, and open-ended features ignite a child’s imagination and creativity. We know a set of natural wooden blocks can be an investment, so keeping them clean and in good condition is time well spent.

Fortunately, cleaning wooden toys with a vinegar solution is a simple process that avoids using bleach or harsh chemicals. **Please refer to the manufacturer’s care instructions before washing your classic wooden toys.**

Here’s How To Clean Wooden Toys In 3 Easy Steps

  1. Wood’s natural antibacterial properties make bleach and harsh chemicals unnecessary. Keep it pure and safe by using a non-toxic cleaner. Prepare a cleaning solution by combining warm water with eco-friendly dish soap (1 part soap to 4 parts water) or a natural disinfectant solution made of white vinegar and water (1 part vinegar to 2 parts water). Transfer your chosen solution into a spray bottle for easy application.
  2. Do not soak, immerse, or put your beautiful wooden toys in the dishwasher. The toys may swell and warp, causing the wood to crack and damage the paint or finish. Instead, use a soft cloth dipped in one of the above solutions and clean all the surfaces. If you use the soap solution, wipe again with a damp, clean cloth to remove all soap residue.
  3. Allowing the wooden blocks to dry completely is essential. You can dry them indoors or outdoors away from direct sunlight. However, giving them a little time in the sun adds extra germ-killing power and faster drying time. Keep an eye on them so they are not left out too long. Intense sunlight and extended exposure can lead to color fading and cracking.

Preserving Your Heirloom Wooden Toys

If some of your blocks have stains, try using a stronger vinegar solution (1 part vinegar to 1 part water) and scrub with a sponge to remove them. Then, place in the sun for a little “bleaching action.”

Still unable to remove the stain, you may try lightly sanding with fine sandpaper (only for unpainted toys).

Natural wooden toys need regular moisture replenishment like your other wooden household items. After cleaning, rub in some olive oil with a soft cloth. Or treat with all-natural beeswax that nourishes, renews, and protects the wood surface.

Do not use any toxic wood polish on children’s wooden toys since they usually put them in their mouths.

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With proper care, your wooden building blocks and toys will provide a lifetime of open-ended, creative, and imaginary play.

FAQ Cleaning Wooden Toys

Can I use disinfectants or bleach to clean wooden toys?

Using disinfectants or bleach on wooden toys is generally not recommended, as they can be harsh and may leave residues harmful to children. Stick to milder cleaning methods.

How often should I clean wooden toys and blocks?

Cleaning frequency depends on use. A monthly clean is a good rule of thumb for frequently handled toys. Less-used toys can be cleaned less often.

What’s the best way to remove tough stains or sticky residues from wooden toys?

For tough stains or sticky residues, use a mixture of baking soda and water, gently scrubbing the affected area, then rinse and dry.

Can I put wooden toys in the dishwasher or washing machine?

Avoid using the dishwasher or washing machine for wooden toys, as it can damage them. Stick to manual cleaning methods.

Can I use sandpaper to smooth out rough edges on wooden blocks?

Sandpaper can be used to smooth rough edges on wooden blocks, ensuring they’re safe for play.

How can I prevent mold or mildew from developing on wooden toys?

Prevent mold and mildew by ensuring toys are completely dry before storing them and avoiding damp environments.