I was recently asked to take part in a rather exciting campaign with the lovely people over at More Th>n.  As part of their Agony Aunt series, they have been tasking bloggers with home related questions and getting some advice of those tricker cleaning problems that come up.

Whether it’s a home hack, getting your home ready for the arrival of a baby, or just plain old cleaning tips… The More Th>n Agony Aunts have got your covered.

“My toddler’s toys get so grubby with dirt, grass stains and water marks. What’s the most effective way of cleaning them?”

It’s hard to imagine what the kids have been doing with their toys when you see how grubby they’ve become after only a short period of time.

By far the quickest and simplest solution for plastic or wooden toys is to use some soapy water and a sponge (try an old toothbrush for tricky areas) to shift dirt. For outdoor toys and bigger items (like play houses and cookers), spraying them down in the garden with a pressure washer usually works.

For the more fiddly toys, such as footballs, dolls, and games with different pieces, place them all in a bucket or large tub of multi-purpose cleaner and warm water and let them soak for a while. Again, use a toothbrush for any awkward nooks and crannies at the end. Any stubborn marks that still remain can then be tackled with a stronger multi-surface cream cleaner.

For any really tough stains on plastic toys, you can dilute a few tablespoons of bleach into around five litres of warm water and soak them in that. Of course, be sure to rinse the toy thoroughly before giving back to your child.

If you have any fabric toys in need of a wash, you can either hand wash them with laundry detergent and a stain remover, or place them inside an old pillowcase on a slow cycle in the washing machine.

To avoid any streaks or watermarks, make sure you give all the toys a dry off with a towel.

If you’re still bothered by certain stains and marks, and want to breathe new life into a plastic playhouse or scooter, say, there are spray paints available to give your toys a bit of a makeover. Wooden toys can be protected for a good few years by applying a varnish or an anti-stain paint.

To see more questions, hop across.  You might just find the answer you’ve been looking for!

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