Elle Lee is a late teether. She didn't get her first two teeth until she was almost a year old and because she is so mobile she is able to walk around and put a lot of weird shit in her mouth.
So after a lot of research I started making bunny ear teethers on wooden rings for her. I love these. They are more natural than the options available at the store and I can dip the fabric part in water and freeze* it so she can bite and suck on it all while holding the wooden ring (no cold hand situation like we had with the frozen washcloth!)
But being true to my germophobe self I had to resist the urge to constantly disinfect this thing & figure out how & when to actually clean it...more research...here is what I have learned.
The ring itself only needs to be cleaned if it is dropped somewhere very unsanitary or shows signs of being dirty. It is recommended to spot clean the rings as needed.
How to wash the wooden ring:
1. Remove the fabric "bunny ears" (either put in washing machine with other laundry or hand wash***)
2. Using water & a tiny bit of soap I use a damp washcloth to wipe down the ring. Never soak the ring.
3. Lay out to dry.
4. Once completely dry rub with coconut or olive oil.**
* Never put the wooden ring in the freezer. I recommend removing the fabric bunny ear part, dipping just the ends in water for freezing and then reattaching to the ring once the tips are frozen.
** The rings I use have been treated with beeswax and olive oil. I rub more on after I clean the ring because it helps prevent the wood from drying out and splintering. If your child has allergies or does not tolerate these oils skip the last step.
*** I personally just put the fabric part in the washer and tumble dry on low. Check the specific instructions for the teether you are cleaning and follow their fabric washing instructions.