Cleaning children's toys

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Toddlers often love their toys so much that they happily gnaw on them, but research shows infection-causing bacteria can live on plastic dump trucks and tea sets for surprisingly long periods of time. Small toys that don't have batteries can usually go in the dishwasher, says home-keeping blogger Becky Rapinchuk of Clean Mama who authored The Organically Clean Home. A lidded basket can keep small parts from getting lost. (You can throw most dog toys in, too, as long as they are plastic.)