Steam is a Safe Way to Clean Children’s Toys

Baby with toys

Children are a joy, but let’s face it, they are pretty gross too. You don’t realize until you have kids, what disgusting things you will be cleaning.

Steam is a versatile tool to have around if you’ve got children. It simultaneously cleans and sanitizes safely without the use of chemicals.

Check out all the ways the folks around the HAAN office use their steam cleaners to get rid of the dirt, grime and odors caused by their kids.

Diaper Pails
Steam the top and inside of the pails to keep germs and bacteria from growing and to keep odor at bay.

High Chairs
Who knew how adhesive pureed carrots could be? A Hand-held steam cleaner is a great chemical-free way to sanitize and clean the tray, but it’s also an easy way to clean the stuck-on goop from the legs and chair. There are lots of crevices for food to get stuck in, but steam gets into every one of them.

Strollers get a lot of exposure. Sticky trays, wheels that roll over everything from dirty bathroom floors to fairgrounds… strollers can be a bacteria and germ fest on wheels. Be sure to sanitize them regularly. Steam is gentle and chemical free.

Stuffed Animals
Not only will steam sanitize plush toys, it will also help to deodorize them.

Little Toys
Baby’s and tot’s have lots of toys, most of them end up in their mouth. If spraying with a disinfectant or soaking toys in bleach doesn’t appeal to you, steam is a great way to sanitize without chemicals. As kids get older, steam is a good way to sanitize Matchbox cars and Barbie stuff too!

Toilet Training
Keeping little potties and make-shift potty-training areas clean is par for the course, but don’t forget to sanitize! Steam offers an easy, chemical-free way to sanitize potties, potty parts and the floor around the potty. It’s also a great way to sanitize after accidents and children with poor aim!

Not only can you deodorize and sanitize mattresses using steam, you will kill allergy-causing dust mites in the process.

We could go on and on. Here are some other things that steam will clean and/or sanitize: Sports equipment, sneakers, playground toys, pool toys, sand toys, car seats, dance shoes, book bags, gym bags, teething rings, etc.

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6 Responses to Steam is a Safe Way to Clean Children’s Toys

  1. Deloris says:

    When I use the steamer on my floors, sometimes they feel sticky after. What am I doing wrong?

    • haan says:


      What flooring material are you working on? A sticky residue is definitely not normal and I’d love to get to the bottom of this.


  2. Sanaz says:

    is there such a thing as if you steam the toys you will get mold because of the water sitting in the toys?

    • haan says:

      If you are dealing with plush toys, the trick is to not over saturate the surface. HAAN has tested our products to be effective at killing 99.9% of common household germs, bacteria and dust mites in just 1 second, so you should have to apply steam for a long period of time. Remember to leave toys in a well ventilated area for a short amount of time after cleaning to aid in the drying process.

  3. Kaite says:

    I’m wondering how safe these are to have around kids. How possible is it to get burned from these? Can you hold an object safely in your hand without getting burned? Is it safe to use around kids?

    • haan says:

      Good question Kaite. The steam from our steam cleaners reaches temperatures of 212 degrees Fahrenheit and must never be directed at people or animals. To sanitize and deodorize a children’s toy safely using you handheld HAAN, the object should be placed on a countertop, not held in your hand. If used correctly and as per the instructions in the supplied manual HAAN steam cleaner’s are perfectly safe. It goes without saying that children should not be allowed to use or play with steam cleaners as if directed at skin the steam will scald.

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