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 of all kinds such as foamy ones, squirty ones and plastic ones.
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 dust-free, the kitchen clean, and wash your floors on a regular basis is tough enough.
However, washing your bath toys is just as important cleaning your bathroom and your kitchen on a regular basis.
My children love to take baths 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 favourite 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 moldy bath 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 my world is what makes it more difficult.
I’ve often found that the children don’t need a lot of bath toys per bath to play with. If you can, limit the bath toys that they get so that your drying post-bath routine is a lot easier. I like to keep it to 4 bath toys per bath, and I rotate the toys every few days so that they get new toys to play with in the bath often.
This makes it easy to keep the toys dry after a bath and then I also know exactly which toys need cleaning at the end of the week.
I like to also clean my toys on a weekend, so that I’m not rushed or tired to take on this cleaning 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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6 Brilliant Ways To Clean Bath Toys
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 dishwasher. Harder, plastic toys and rubber toys are generally safe for the top rack of the dishwasher.
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 weekly is to use your washing machine. 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 my daily laundry routine, yes daily, because I have 3 kids and we 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. Here are the top things that you should not clean with vinegar, just in case you love cleaning with vinegar also. 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 weight down with a heavier item such as a cutting board.
If the toys require a scrub after the hour has passed, use an old cleaning toothbrush or a dish scrub brush to scrub away any limescale build up. Rinse off the toys well and lay down on a dish rack or a towel to fully dry.
Cleaning Bath Toys with Hydrogen Peroxide
You can also use hydrogen peroxide to clean your bath toys. Hydrogen peroxide is a cousin to 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 letting it reach boiling point.
Once the water has boiled, place your bath toys into the water and boil for 3-5 minutes. Boiling the 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 we 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 with 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
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 solution 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.
Your squirty toy should not be mold free.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Often Do You Need To Clean Bath Toys?
You should be making sure that your bath toys dry off properly and full after each bath. Store your bath toys away from showers which can keep the toys wet 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 shared 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 my 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. Here are the best non-toxic bath toys for babies if you need some inspiration.
When To Throw Away Bath Toys
Sometimes, a toy cannot be saved. If your toys have mold that just won’t budge, then it is time to throw it 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 my fabulous cleaning methods on cleaning bath toys.
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, we really should be making it a priority to clean our children’s bath toys to ensure we are providing a safe and clean environment for our 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 in a lot of children who were exposed to mold. Even babies and children under the age of 6 who were 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 wheezing when exposed to mold as well.
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.
Wrapping Up On How To Clean Bath Toys
Did you know about all of these awesome ways to clean bathtub toys? 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. My simple daily shower spray recipe helps keep mold and mildew away with a simple daily spray. If you have mold built up on your bathroom caulking, check out this article here. If you are struggling with keeping your shower floor clean, here is a great resource for you. Another place you might be missing to clean is the plastic shower curtain which can get mold growth on it fairly quickly, here is a resource for you.