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How To Clean Squishy Toys (Step By Step Guide)

Squishy toys are loved the world-over by toddlers, children and adults alike.

But like any other popular toy, squishies can quickly get dirty and become sticky, and are also an effective vehicle for passing on germs between children.

So let’s take a look at the best way to clean these popular toys.

How To Clean Squishy Toys

To clean your child’s squishy toys, remove any stickiness and to make them safer to play with, simply follow the steps below.

What You’ll Need:

  • Water
  • Container
  • Soap or Mild Detergent
  • Soft Brush or Sponge
  • Towel

How To Clean Squishy Toys & Make Them Not Sticky

  1. Fill a container with cold or lukewarm water.
  2. Add mild detergent or soap.
  3. Leave the toys to soak for a few minutes.
  4. Use a soft brush or sponge to wipe the toys. Pay special attention to any sticky areas as these may need extra scrubbing.
  5. Rinse the toys with cold water to remove any traces of the soap or detergent.
  6. Dry the toys with a towel and then place aside to fully dry.

What Are Squishy Toys?

A squishy toy is a soft toy made from foam that is designed to be held in your hands.

They are made to be squeezed, and once let go, they slowly return to their original shape.

What Are They Made Of?

Squishy toys are usually made from something called polyurethane, which is a similar type of foam to the one found in the sponges in your kitchen.

Some are also made from silicone.

Is Cleaning Necessary?

With their developing immune system, younger children and babies in particular are more susceptible to catching colds and other germs.

This is especially true for babies and small children who are fond of putting toys and other objects in their mouths.

Given squishy toys are frequently passed around and shared with other kids, and also spend a lot of time on the ground, they are an easy way for germs to spread between children.

So it’s therefore a good idea to wash your child’s squishy toys frequently to reduce the chances of your little one picking up a bug or some other illness.

What Types Are Out There?

Squishy toys come in several different types, including:

  • Slow-Rising
  • Fast-Rising
  • Scented
  • Extra Soft
  • Extra Hard
  • Jumbo
  • Mini

Benefits of Squishy Toys

Squishy toys are universally popular with all ages thanks to their wide-ranging benefits.

Some of their notable benefits include:

Relieves Stress & Calms Anxiety

The action of squeezing a squishy toy engages several senses: touch, feel, sight and smell (for scented squishies).

By engaging these senses in stressful situations, squeezing a squishy helps clam the nerves of both kids and adults alike.

Helps Focus

By helping kids (and adults) stay in the present and focus on what they’re doing, squishy toys are a great way to keep your attention on one thing

Squishies can therefore help children develop their cognitive development.

Improves Learning For Kids With ADHD

Squishies can help certain kids increase their focus, concentration and learning.

Experts believe that using a squishy toy in class can help children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to greatly increase their concentration.

This is because they engage a child’s hands or body, while allowing their brain to focus on another task, for example listening to their teacher or reading a textbook.

Inexpensive With Plenty Of Variety

Squishy toys come in many different varieties, from animals and everyday objects such as food and drink, to sports balls and even superheroes.

Because of this variety and their low generally low selling price, they can make an excellent gift or party favor.

Tori is mama to 3 year old Isabella and co-founder of Rockinbaby. She has a BSc in Psychology, is a certified yoga teacher and is a working mom. In her free time Tori loves cooking delicious foods and baked treats, entertaining and working out. Learn more about Tori here.

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