Kids

How to clean plastic toys

Those toys your kid always chews on? So. Many. Germs. Here’s what to do.

Illustration: Alex Mathers

Illustration: Alex Mathers

1. Toss plastic toys—action figures, Playmobil, dinosaurs, any dirty Smurfs—into a mesh laundry bag, and tightly tie up the top.

Illustration: Alex Mathers

Illustration: Alex Mathers

2. Toss the bag into the washing machine with a bit of detergent, and run the gentlest cycle with warm water. (Warning, this will be noisy.)

Illustration: Alex Mathers

Illustration: Alex Mathers

3. Retrieve the laundry bag, open it up and lay toys flat to dry.

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