"Children's toys are easily contaminated with feces and cold viruses," Reynolds says. "So it's good to wash them weekly." This isn't all that surprising, but it's something that can be overlooked each week. Reynolds suggests buying toys that are easy to clean, including stuffed toys that are machine washable.
How to clean: Combine warm water, soap, and bleach in a bucket and use it to wipe down plastic toys. "Bleach breaks down with natural light, so the toys are safe to use after they've been laid out to dry," Reynolds says.