CARING FOR BEECH WOOD BABY TOYS
Yay! Your purchased an eco-friendly beech wood shape! This toy is certain to be a great assett -- especially during periods of baby teething. Babies discover their mouths early on, and then they start to put everything they can reach inside. Beech wood is naturally bacteria resistant, but it still needs to be cleaned from time to time.
But, how do you clean and care for it? There are a few recommended options here:
What you will need:
*Mild dish soap or distilled white vinegar (5%)
*(Optional): Organic Beeswax
Wet one end of a cleaning cloth with mild dish soap and water. DO NOT submerge the toy or soak it. Use the damp end of the cloth to wipe the surface clean.
Then, use the dry end of the cloth to pat the toy dry as much as possible. Let the toy air dry.
Vinegar is a great, natural cleaner.
Using a spray bottle, mix a 1:1 solution (1 part vinegar to 1 part water.) Spray the toy on one side.
Wipe the toy down with a dry cloth.
Turn the toy over and repeat on the back side, this time also spraying the sides as needed . Wipe the toy down with a dry cloth. Let the toy air dry. (The vinegar smell will disappear when the toy dries.)
3) (Not Preferred)
Rinse the toy quickly under water and then use a dry cloth to dry the toy as much as possible. Let the toy air dry completely.
For toys that have gotten fuzzy or rough, use a VERY FINE sandpaper to smoothe them. The best choice is a 220 grit or similar rating sandpaper (the higher the number means the finer the sandpaper.) If you use a coarse or medium grit sandpaper, you will most likely damage it.
Work along the grain line to keep from marking up the toy. (This means that you will sand the toy with up and down strokes following a line of the grain on the toy.)
Caution: If you use a circular motion, you may mark up the toy!
Once sanded, wipe the toy down using method 1 or 2 above.
Some people like to extend the life of their Beech Wood toys by rubbing them with Natural Beeswax. This can be found online. (I purchased mine on Etsy.)
Use your finger to dab a cloth into the beeswax. (It is very thick like shoepolish.)
Rub a thin coat of beeswax all over the toy until the piece is coated.
Wipe off excess beeswax that does not soak in and let dry.
If you do not wipe off the excess or you coat the toy too heavy, it will appear sticky.
Toys coated in beeswax will be a little darker that uncoated. Below, you will see the difference between the hedgehog, left, (uncoated) and the bird, right, (coated.)
When the coating wears down or when you clean the toy, you will have to recoat with beeswax.
Some people also prefer to use coconut oil to coat their beech wood toys. Please make certain your child is not allergic to any product before applying.
As with all toys, frequently check your toy each time before giving to your child. If the toy shows signs of wear or damage, remove it promptly.