...the good, the bad and the ugly
With summer almost here it's time to clean up all those kid's garden toys that you probably threw into the back of the shed last September and haven't given a thought to since.
So what nasties could be on your kid's toys?
Anything really; from bird pooh to soil, sand, food (meat from a late summer BBQ), a dollop of ice cream, all of which can grow bacteria that you want to remove before your tiny tots get their hands on them again this year.
The ugly - bugs
Other things you should be aware of are things like nematode worms. There are 28,000 different types of nematode worms living in the soil in the UK, some of which are very unpleasant like hook worms, which in some cases, can be fatal. Nematodes need very similar conditions to thrive in to mould, so where you find one, you may well find the other. Don't forget about good old flies eggs either, or their other by-product, fly-pooh. Yuk!
So, now you are looking at your kid's plastic toys and thinking you'd rather rush out and buy new ones...STOP! This is the good news...they're really simple to clean up!
Cleaning instructions for any hard plastic surfaces ie buckets and spades, toddler trikes, solid forts/wendy houses, sand pits etc
Hard plastic surfaces are all really easy to clean to get rid of any mould and nematodes; you just need a bucket of warm soapy water, a brush/cloth and a bit of elbow grease. Once you've given everything a good scrubbing just rinse with warm water before drying off to prevent more mould growing and you're back to full summer use again, no nasty chemicals and more importantly, no nasty bugs!
Some really useful garden-toy related top-tips