At clean up time I've gotten over stepping on one of the multitude of Legos on the floor but as I've been doing so, I can't help but notice that the Legos that wind up trapped under the couch, under the dog (ewww), in the cushions or behind that one chair where all the mystery dust starts to gather are looking a bit - funky.
Don't get me wrong. I love our Legos just as much as my kids do. I don't even mind having to pick them up but when they cover an entire surface for days (or weeks) and my kids and their friends play with them with their grimy hands amongst the snacks and the juice spills and the drops of yogurt that find their way into the play room, my OCD gets the best of me and I feel compelled to wash them. For awhile I would dump them in a soapy bucket but then that required rinsing and dumping out and there was never enough time.
Thank goodness for Google.
I would have never thought you could wash Legos in your washing machine. The one we have a is pretty powerful washing machine so I was afraid of small pieces being ripped away or of details scrubbing off. Fear not Lego owners - If you use a gentle cycle and warm water here's how you can do it:
1) Mesh bag: I don't recommend for the little pieces, but for big bricks or mini-figs, it's great. Just make sure the bag is tightly closed
2) Pillowcase: For smaller pieces, toss them into a pillowcase and use a rubber band to tightly seal the top. Your pillowcase gets clean as well! Double win!
When it comes to drying your Legos I haven't found a good trick. Throwing them on a blanket and leaving them in the sun seems to work best.
Clean Legos = Happy Mom. You're welcome.