While the summer sun is fading, there is still plenty of outdoor playtime left for the year. Before your kids head outdoors for a fall filled with playing in leaves, exploring new worlds in a treehouse or closing down the kiddie pool, here is what you need to know about keeping outdoor toys clean.
Vinegar is one of the best multi-purpose tools for cleaning inside and outside of your home. Make a vinegar solution by combining 2 cups of white vinegar and 2 gallons of warm water. If you need a little extra power, you can also add some lemon juice. Use a sponge or bristled brush to scrub the cleaning solution onto the toys and then rinse them off with a hose.
Baking soda is another wonderful cleaning aid, as it can remove grime and also get rid of odor at the same time. Create a paste from baking soda and water. Scrub the mixture onto the surface of the dirty toy and let it sit for a little while. Then, use a clean cloth to wipe off the paste and rinse the toy down with a hose. This is a great way to clean random toy parts, like bike tires or sturdy toys that need extra cleaning power.
Magic erasers are awesome for getting suspicious stains and hard-to-remove scuffs off of surfaces. They are also wonderful for cutting through layers of dirt, grease, grime and debris. Purchase extra-large magic erasers and wash down small toys, swing sets and anything else that needs a little extra elbow grease to clean.
If you have a hose with a spray attachment, use the highest setting to spray down some toys. This attachment boasts a high level of power and can even be used in combination with your kiddie pool to make a bath for dirty outdoor toys.
Finally, the best way to keep outdoor toys clean is by covering them up and storing them when not in use. Use a tarp to stop toys from being blown away or drenched. In the late fall, bring toys inside or place them in a shed, garage or basement until the weather warms up again. Winter weather can be harsh on play equipment, so a little effort will keep favorite outdoor toys around for even longer.
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