If you are a parent, you are familiar with the look (and smell and feel) of toys that need cleaning. Well, I do for sure. While soft fabric toys can mostly be dealt with by throwing them into the washing machine, the plastic Lego bricks might require some effort – or NOT.
How To Clean Legos
But cleaning Legos isn’t hard at all. And it does not need to be a tiresome activity.
Let me show you our two favorite (and safe) ways to do it – one for busy moms and one with kids having fun!
VERSION A – FOR BUSY MOMS:
One word: the dishwasher. As easy as it gets.
- Just make sure you put all the Legos into a mesh bag (safely closed, it needs to hold the Lego!) and place them on the upper rack.
- Use the gentle cycle on low temperature, not hot! 30 degree Celsius should be fine, to stay on the safe side, do not exceed 40 degree C. Heat can damage your Legos!
- While I would put in our regular dishwasher detergent, I wouldn’t use any rinsing agent. (Just a habit, because I don’t use it with the dishes either…).
If you feel crafty and like easy sewing crafts, here’s one of my easy tutorials for a drawstring bag – make a drawstring bag using mesh instead of fabric to use for washing legos and one large one from fabric for Lego storage.
Now sit back and wait for your kid’s Lego toys to become as clean as new! After you’ve taken them out of the dishwasher, let them dry on a large towel (shaking them every now and then) before returning them to your toddler room.
VERSION B – FOR KIDS HAVING FUN
The soap-and-water approach.
- help your toddler bring the box with Lego bricks into the bath tub.
- place a large box in the bathtub and put the Legos into it
- put soap onto the Legos
- fill the box with the Legos in it with warm water using the shower handle. (Our toddler’s favorite part!) and then make a pause: let your Lego bricks soak for an hour or so.
- Once the play (either stirring and catching with hands or ‘making a soup’) is over, rinse all Lego pieces well.
- Spread them on a large towel and let them dry, shaking them every now and then to let out any water trapped in there.
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