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
non toxic toy cleaner


- 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.

non toxic toy cleaner

Step 1: Add 1 part water.

non toxic toy cleaner

Step 2: Add 1 equal part white distilled vinegar.

non toxic toy cleaner

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.

non toxic toy cleaner

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

non toxic toy cleaner

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.

non toxic toy cleaner

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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  • 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.
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