How to Quickly Wash & Disinfect Toys with Vinegar!

disinfect toys in the dishwasherUse your dishwasher and vinegar to disinfect toys!

It’s that time of year again! You know the time where the kids are back in school, it’s cold and miserable outside, and the number one thing being shared is germs! Once the bug gets into my house, I go into full on cleaning mode. My house smells of bleach, vinegar, and disinfectant wipes. I got really tired of wiping each toy with disinfectant wipes. Then I saw on Facebook at one point that you can actually disinfect the toys, all of them at once, in the dishwasher! Hello, why had I not thought about this yet? So I tried it out, and it works fantastically. Not only are the toys clean and disinfected, my dishwasher gets a cleaning! PLUS, think about all the money I am no saving not using a billion disinfectant wipes! Check out how easy this process is…

Things you will need:

1½ cups of Vinegar (You can also use cleaning vinegar, I used regular white though.)
Dishwasher
Plastic & Rubber toys

using a dishwasher to clean toys

Firstly, this will only work with the hard plastic and rubber toys. If the toys use batteries, do not put them in the dishwasher or they will ruined. On second thought, those really annoying ones could probably could in! 😉 If you don’t want them ruined though, leave them out of the dishwasher and just use the disinfectant wipes.

loading dishwasher

You can add the toys to both the top and bottom racks. As my kids are getting older, they have hardly any toys that don’t require batteries or they are too small for my dishwasher, like Shopkins. So I only use the top rack now.

toys being cleaned in dishwasher

The steps I first saw for this tip was just to load the dishwasher with the toys, pour the vinegar into the bottom of the dishwasher and start it. However, I know that most dishwasher drain at the start of the dishwasher, I load, start the dishwasher, once the drain cycle is over, I open the dishwasher back up and add the vinegar to the bottom of the dishwasher. The drain cycle only lasts about 5 seconds.

cleaning dishwasher with vinegar

I run the whole wash cycle, including allowing them to dry in there!

That’s it! The toys are disinfected and it only took me about 5 minutes of work! PLUS – the dishwasher gets a little cleaning too. The white vinegar will help take care of any hard water build up!

What are your favorite cleaning tips using vinegar? It really is the magical cleaner at my house!

how to disinfect toys in the dishwasher with vinegar

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