Non-Toxic Toy Cleaner

4 Materials
10 Minutes

Let's face it. Kids can make things pretty messy around the house. With a 3 yr. old, a 2 yr. old and a 6-month old , things can get out of control around my home. I've got two children who make their toys pretty messy and a baby who loves to put EVERYTHING in her mouth. So, I had to find a non-toxic solution that still managed to clean their toys. This solution is simple, easy and au-natural! No toxic chemicals, no harsh odors and child-friendly.

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- 1 part water

- 1 part distilled white vinegar

- Essential oil (lemon or lavender)

- Clean, empty spray bottle

- Measuring cup

You can buy lavender scented essential oil here on Amazon.

Step 1: Add 1 part water.

Step 2: Add 1 equal part white distilled vinegar.

Step 3: Add your essential oil scent.

The amount you add is completely up to you, but remember that less is more - especially when creating something that is child-friendly. I added 4 drops and it was on the stronger side.

Time to clean this muddy ball up using a safe method.

Step 4: Clean you toys!
Pour into a clean, empty spray bottle and wipe away the dirt, germs and food from your children's toys. Now, wasn't that easy?

Check out where to buy lavender essential oil here.

TIP: Add an adhesive label to ensure you don't mix-up this non-toxic cleaner with your other household solutions.

Suggested materials:

  • Water  (on-hand)
  • Distilled white vinegar  (Stop & Shop)
  • Essential Oil - Lavender  (Bed, Bath & Beyond)
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3 of 4 questions
  • Tara
    on Mar 4, 2017

    Can you use any essential oil or just lavender/lemon?

  • Judy
    on Mar 11, 2017

    Could you use an extract instead of an oil ?

    • Judy
      on Mar 11, 2017

      I night the food extracts , pepperment, almond, and food colorings, like red blue etc.

  • Jay
    on May 3, 2017

    Does this also disinfect? Thanks

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3 of 17 comments
  • Pat Ruge
    on Feb 28, 2017

    My only concern is the "essential oils" added to the mix. Kids tend to put everything in their mouths and I would recommend adding either lemon and or "edible" essential oils.

  • Indiana Molina-Hurley
    on Mar 29, 2017

    Yes, we in America, are aware that vinegar is a chemical. We use the term "chemical" genericallt to denote extremely conversation.
    • Melissa Anne Heine
      on May 13, 2019

      I'm not sure how so called toxic the vinegar is supose to be. But it never killed my sister and I and we drank it all the time when we were kids cause we liked it.

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