How To Clean Bath Toys

How To Clean Bath Toys

Did you know that you should be cleaning your bath toys on a regular basis to keep mold
and mildew from building up? Here is a detailed guide on how to clean bath toys so your baby can take a safe and clean bath.

Bath toys can be a bit of a pain to clean and keep clean. Having kids is already busy enough, and
finding the time to keep the house dirt-free, the kitchen clean, and wash your floors on a regular
the basis is tough enough.

My children love bath time and bath toys allow them to use their imaginations while they play
and splash around. While baths do create a large pool of water on the floor, they are still one of
my favorite parts of the day because it allows my children to really use their imaginations
without any distractions.

That said, playing with bath toys is a lot of fun but cleaning excess water and soap scum from inside of the toys is a pain in the bum. It’s not a hard task, but it is one that you have to actively remember to do, which in your world is what makes it more difficult.

This makes it easy to keep kids’ bath toys dry after a bath and then I also know exactly which toys need cleaning at the end of the week to prevent mold growth.

I like to also clean the toys on a weekend so that I’m not rushed or tired to take on this cleaning
the task, not that it’s hard or time-consuming but you know how hard mom life is.

Without further ado, here are several methods for you to try to clean those bath toys.

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Why You Should Clean Moldy Bath Toys

Cleaning baby bath toys isn’t a task that is a top priority for most parents because life with kids is
busy! I totally get it, I have 3 kids. However, I really should be making it a priority to clean your
children’s bath toys to ensure you are providing a safe and clean environment for your little ones to bathe in.

Mold can be very harmful to the health of you and your children, so try to prevent it as much as
you can. Researcher shows that indoor mold has been the cause of asthma is a lot of children who are exposed to mold.

Even babies and children under the age of 6 who are exposed to mold have worse cognitive function than those children who did not grow up with mold. Infants and young children who are exposed to mold are at risk of respiratory problems and other health problems.

Overall, it should be your goal as a parent to keep the environment where your children grow up
as mold-free as possible. Keep your bathroom clean and ensure your house is not in an unhealthy state to the best of your abilities.

How To Clean Bath Toys Using The Dishwasher

Do you love using your dishwasher to clean things that aren’t dishes? I do! Pop your dirty bath
toys into a mesh bag like this one and place the bag in the top rack of the dishwasher.

If you have stand-alone toys like stacking cups, you can skip the mesh bag and place them directly into the top rack of the dishwasher. You can run other items in the dishwasher if you like, just try to avoid washing toys with plates and cups with food build-up on them.

Be cautious when using the dishwasher to wash bath toys to wash toys that won’t melt in the
dishwasher. Soft bath toys such as bath books like this one should not be washed in the

Hard plastic toys, and rubber toys are generally safe for the top rack of the

Make sure that your bath toys are fully dry after your dishwashing cycle before storing them away for the next bath.

How To Clean Bath Toys Using The Washing Machine

Another way to clean bath toys likely is to use your washing machine with clean water. With kids, you might be doing laundry daily, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find a load of clothes to throw some bath toys in with.

Place your bath toys into a mesh laundry bag and run the washing machine on a cold, warm or
cool cycle. Do not use the hot cycle as this can melt some of the toys. For more laundry tips, follow your daily laundry routine, yes daily, because I have 3 kids and I use a lot of clothes!

Cleaning Bath Toys With Vinegar

If you’re not new here, then you know I love to clean with vinegar. Vinegar has great
cleaning powers and you can use it to clean your children’s bath toys.

Vinegar also has disinfecting powers and it helps prevent future mold and mildew growth. Personally, I am a big fan of using vinegar to clean bath toys.

To use vinegar for cleaning bath toys, fill your clean kitchen sink with warm or hot water and add
in 1/2 cup of vinegar. Place the toys into the solution and let them soak for an hour. Any toys that float up top should be weighed down with a heavier item such as a cutting board.

If the toys require a scrub after the hour has passed, use an old toothbrush or a dish
scrub brush to scrub away any limescale buildup. Rinse off the toys well and lay down on a dish
rack or a towel to fully dry. You can choose to use disinfectant wipes to clean toys further but it’s not needed.

Cleaning Bath Toys With Hydrogen Peroxide

You can also use hydrogen peroxide to clean your bath toys. Hydrogen peroxide is kind of like
bleach but it is a natural, non-toxic cleaner which is what I love about it.

To clean your bath toys with hydrogen peroxide you can use full-strength hydrogen peroxide or a 50/50 solution of peroxide and water in a bucket or the kitchen sink.

Let the toys soak in the solution for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes have elapsed, use an old
toothbrush or a cloth to rub off any additional dirt or mildew that you might see on the toys.
Rinse the toys properly and allow them to air dry.

Disinfecting Bath Toys With Boiling Water

Just as when you sanitize your baby bottles for newborns, you can sanitize and disinfect bath toys using boiling water as well.

This is something you can do after you have cleaned the bath toys because this is simply a
sanitizing step.

As long as the plastic and rubber toys won’t melt in hot water, boil your toys by placing a pot of
water on the stove and let them reach boiling point.

Once the water has boiled, place your bath toys into the water and boil for 3-5 minutes. Boiling
toys for too long can cause toys to deform.

Take the toys out of the water and lay them out to dry fully.

Cleaning Bath Toys With Bleach

Sometimes I have to call upon bleach for help. To clean your bath toys with bleach, simply fill a
bucket or the kitchen sink with a 50/50 solution of bleach and warm water.

Place the toys into the solution and let them soak for 10 minutes. Weigh the toys down with a
cutting board or something if the toys float. Use a scrub brush to clean off any remaining gunk on the toys.

Make sure to rinse the toys off properly. Use dish soap and warm water to wash the toys after letting them sit in the bleach solution.

Ensure that your toys are fully dry before placing them away for storage.

Cleaning Bath Toys With Holes

When it comes to keeping baby’s bath toys that squirt and have those tiny holes in them, you can use
Hydrogen Peroxide, Vinegar, or a cup of bleach to clean out the inside.

Take a pipette, just like the one you might find in any science kid your kids have laying around, and fill it with a cleaning solution. Squirt the cleaning solution inside the bath toy and swish it around well. If you don’t have a pipette, that’s ok! Simply squeeze the toy and allow the toy to soak up the cleaning solution.

Let the toy soak for a while and then when you are ready to clean it out, simply squirt out the
solution. Make sure to get all of the solutions out of the toy, and rinse the inside of the toy out
with water. Leave outside in the sun to dry, or pop it into the dishwasher for one last proper clean.

You can even prevent water from getting into the small hole in your rubber duckies in the first place by using a hot glue gun and blocking the air.

Best Bath Toys That Are Easy To Clean

If you are looking for some bath toys that are easy to clean, these float and clean bubbles are a good choice. Foam letters like these are also always a good option as well as baby bath books like these.

Frequently Asked Questions On How To Clean Bath Toys

How Often Do You Need To Clean Bath Toys

You should be making sure that your bath toys dry off properly and are full after each bath. Store
your bath toys away from showers which can keep the toys and prevent them from fully drying.
Give your bath toys a proper deep clean once a week.

How Can I Properly Dry My Bath Toys So Mold Won’t Grow

To dry out your bath toys, you can use a bottle drying rack like this one, a regular dish drying rack, or by placing them on a towel to air dry for a little while. You can also place them outside to dry for a little while and the sun will do the job for you and disinfect the toys at the same time.

How Do I Store Baby Bath Toys To Prevent Mold

You should keep your baby bath toys in a dry place. This could mean somewhere like a bath toy
holder like this fun one, as long as the tub isn’t being used by other family members. If you have a shaved tub, then store your bath toys in a cool dry cupboard to keep them safe for your little ones.

What If All My Bath Toys Have Holes In Them And I See Mold?

If your bath toys are growing mold, you can use the cleaning methods described above to try and remove the mold. If you cannot remove the mold, then it might be time to throw the toys away and replace them with cleaner, safer ones.

When To Throw Away Bath Toys

Sometimes, an old bath toy cannot be saved. If your squirt toys have mold that just won’t budge, then it is time to throw them away. Keep your family safe and don’t be afraid to toss a toy that’s moldy and gross, even after you’ve tried all of your fabulous cleaning methods on kids bath toys.

Wrapping Up On How To Clean Bath Toys

Did you know about all of these awesome ways to clean inside squeeze toys like rubber ducks? It is so important to ensure that your bathtub toys dry fully after each bath and that they are stored away from water to help prevent the growth of mold which can be harmful to the health of your child.

It is just as important to clean your bath and shower clean so that your family is breathing in
healthy air as they wash up daily.

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