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Ask Martha: How Can I Clean My Children's Bath Toys?

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A monthly wash will help keep bacteria and mildew at bay. Add 1/2 cup white vinegar per gallon of warm water in a bucket. Soak the toys in the solution for about 10 minutes, then rub them gently with a sponge. To clean the inside of squeeze toys, suck up the solution, shake, and squeeze out. Let air-dry.

 

That's really it! We often think that using specialty cleaners will kill off my germs. But, overusing these materials can actually kill off too much good bacteria. The best way to clean most things is really just with soap and water -- and that includes your filthy, filthy hands. Watch the video to see Martha bebunk 4 other germ myths.

Of course, one way to keep toys clean is to make sure that they are properly stored to begin with. Here, Martha shares tips on how to properly label your toy bins so that everything has its place.

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Learn How to Properly Label Your Kids' Toys

Been wondering how often you should be cleaning the rest of the house? Light fixtures, pillows, books, everything in your home needs a good scrubbing once in a while -- some more than others. Here is an idea of what you should clean when. It should help you organize your to-do list.

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How Often Should I Clean That?

 

 

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