Here is a great idea for getting ‘almost new’ toys for your child without spending a penny. We are all trying to be more frugal this holiday season and here is a good tip for all parents. If you and your circle of friends have small children, just organize a toy swap. Ask everyone to gather toys in excellent or almost new condition that their kids no longer play with or have outgrown. Clean and sanitize the toys and get together WITHOUT CHILDREN and trade. The children will know nothing of the swap and will be so excited with all of the new toys: www.Clorox.com gives the following tips for cleaning and sanitizing toys: “many toys can simply join your dishes in the dishwasher. You can also wash them with soap and water by hand if the dishwasher doesn’t seem to be the most appropriate method (some materials run the risk of melting in a dishwasher cycle – see instructions). To sanitize, spray hard plastic toys with a homemade solution of Clorox and water, and wipe with a clean cloth*. To disinfect hard plastic toys use a solution of Clorox® Regular-Bleach. Wash, wipe or rinse toys with water then soak in a solution of 3/4 cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach per gallon of water for 5 minutes. Rinse, then let air dry. If your child has been ill, you’ll want to disinfect hard plastic toys with Clorox® Regular-Bleach daily.