Saturday, June 20, 2015

Buying and Cleaning Used Legos

Buying used Legos is a great way to save money for gift giving events, but cleaning the Legos is a must. One year, for a Christmas gift for my grandson, my son purchased a huge Rubbermaid tub full of used Legos at an auction. We quickly learned that they needed to be inspected for damage and cleanliness. We also learned there are several ways to clean them.

For best results, wash the Legos in warm soapy water for 5 to 10 minutes, rinse in clear water, then soak them in a bowl of bleach water (2 tablespoons of bleach per gallon of water). For hard to clean bricks use an old toothbrush to scrub hard to clean places (discard after use or store with cleaning supplies). Rinse the Legos to remove the bleach and air dry until completely water free.

Another method we learned about is to use mesh zippered laundry bags. Fill the bag about half full with Legos and put it in the washing machine. This method makes a lot of noise, but if you use it, make sure the Lego pieces are not small enough to slip through the mesh. You won't save money if you have to have repairs done on your washer!
Whether the gift is a birthday gift, Christmas gift, or just because gift, Legos are gifts that are sure to be appreciated.
Buying used Legos at second hand stores, flea markets, auctions, yard sales, or even online auction sites like eBay really expands your gift giving dollars.
I can't stress this enough. When buying used Legos, they must be cleaned. Even if they appear clean, clean them again at home. Sharing germs is too easy with toys children play with.


Please note that these toys are small enough to fit in a child's mouth.
Children under five should be closely monitored if allowed to play with these blocks, since they are not recommended for small children.
If you buy lots of Legos, you will need a place to keep them.

ZipBins are both a toy box and a play mat!

They not only store Legos, the bin zips open to provide a clean play area, too!
And ZipBins are a great way to take favorite Lego toys to grandmother's house.

Don't Want the Added Work of Washing Used Legos?

This educational set that has 884 Lego pieces, and includes bricks in nine colors and 11 sizes. This is also a great set if you have several children playing at once. It is specifically designed for a group of five children.

Saving money is only one reason to purchase used Legos! The more Legos you have, the more and better items you can build with them.

Have you ever purchased used Legos for your child?


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