How to clean toys with batteries
If you want to clean all the toys of your children, to keep germs away or simply want to clean a splash of chocolate, ice cream or any food, there is no problem, but if it is a toy with batteries we are asking "How do we do this?". Aside from being sensitive to water damage, electronic toys are also susceptible to breaking down without gentle care. It's a good reason to keep them out of the dryer or any other rough cleaning process. What is more, with improper care all stuffed animals are at risk of losing their shape, softness or color or they can even be torn apart. But don't despair if your little one's talking teddy needs a good scrubbing. You may still approach the task with careful surface cleaning.
Here are some tips.
Before cleaning any voice activated or electronic toy, remove the batteries. In some cases, the battery compartment can be removed from the doll to help avoid it getting wet or damaged.
First of all, I want you to know that you can clean the toys in two ways: dry cleaning and wet cleaning.
1. Dry Cleaning
If the toy isn't badly stained, you may be able to clean it without water. A light vacuuming with a hose and brush is often sufficient. You can also use a rough brush or a sticky lint roller, but do this very carefully. Take extra caution with older, well-worn toys, which are more prone to damage of surface materials.
2. Wet Cleaning
Toys that can’t be immersed in water can still be cleaned easily. Just gather all the toys you want to clean, put them in one location, and use the following method to clean them:
Dip a cloth in soapy water and wash the exterior of the toy being careful not to get any moisture near the battery box or wiring (oh, and the toy should be unplugged before cleaning). As well, make sure that no moisture gets into the gaps between moving parts. To sanitize the toy, mix 50/50 rubbing alcohol and water in a bowl and saturate your cloth in the mixture and wring it out well. Wipe it over the ‘safe’ parts of the toy. Rubbing alcohol dries quickly, but if needed, you can wipe it off to remove the excess moisture.
Don’t use regular soap or excess amounts of detergent. If you leave residue behind on the surface of the toy, it will attract more dirt and the toy will become soiled again more quickly.
Batteries can burst and corrode the terminals in electronic items and toys when they haven't been in use for long periods of time. The caustic material inside the batteries can interfere with the ability to operate the toys, but with the right method, you can remove corrosion from the battery terminals and restore the toy's function. Remove the batteries from toys that won't be in use for long periods of time to prevent battery corrosion.
Mix 2 tbsp. of baking soda in a bowl with enough water to make a paste. Stir the mixture with a spoon. Remove the batteries from the terminal carefully while wearing a pair of gloves to protect your fingers from the caustic material. Dip a cotton swab into the baking soda paste, and apply it to the terminals with the swab. Use a clean cotton swab and more paste as needed. Allow the paste to sit for five minutes. Wipe the terminals with a damp cloth to remove any baking soda residue. Dry them with a clean cloth and allow the battery terminal to air dry completely before replacing the batteries.