Most Kids seem to LOVE bath time. My daughter is one of them! I honestly don’t think we could ever have “too many” bath toys (at least according to her). Needless to say I think most kids feel that way :). With all of the baths those little kiddos take, their toys can get pretty yucky and fast too. Water also tends to get inside the toys (and stay there) which can then allow mold and other bacteria to grow inside of the toys. When bath time comes around that mold and bacteria gets released back into the bath water that our sweet little kids are sitting and playing in. I think its important to clean them often and after each bath I like to try to squeeze all of the water out. I have also tried hot gluing the holes which did end up working for a while but eventually the glue came out. It may be something I might try again though.
I have heard that many parents clean their children’s toys with bleach, which I am highly against. Bleach is said to get rid of mold but it actually doesn’t. It basically just “bleaches” the mold making it look like its gone. I also cant fathom soaking my daughters toys in bleach then letting her bathe with them after. No matter how well I’ve rinsed them off I would always worry about it getting released back into her bath water then being absorbed into her skin.
One of the best ways I’ve found to clean bath toys is with Vinegar. I have also heard of people using their dish washer which is also a great idea but I feel like this vinegar method really gets the inside of the toy clean. Here is how to do it;
1. Mix 1 cup of distilled white vinegar to 1 gallon of hot water in a clean sink or clean bucket
2. Make sure to fill each bath toy with the vinegar water mixture (until they are totally full)
3. Throw all of the toys in the sink (or bucket) and let them soak for at least 30 minutes or even an hour
4. Wash the outside of each toy with a natural soap and when you rinse them make sure to squeeze out ALL of the vinegar water from inside of the toy.
5. Let them dry completely before you use them again in the bath
and there you go! It’s that simple! I try to do this at least 1-2 times a month if not more. This may vary depending on how many baths happen at your house 🙂
I hope you find this useful because I seriously love this method and I never feel like my daughters toys have gross mold growing in them. Just one more thing to make me rest easier at night hahaha 🙂