How To: Clean and Disinfect Bath Toys

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How To: Clean and Disinfect Bath Toys

Very few children sit in a bath tub quietly and calmly waiting to be washed without a few toys floating around to keep them busy.

Unfortunately, a few toys turns into many toys and the task of squeezing the water from each one and setting them out to dry in fresh air becomes an impossible task while wrestling a wet baby that feels like a Vaseline’d watermelon.

I’m guessing you’ve seen the horror movie-like pictures on the internet of bath tub toys cut in half revealing mounds of mold and mildew.  It sets you into panic mode.

Your baby is munching on these toys… is that why they randomly threw up? Or have a rash?

You suddenly find yourself trying to peer into the tiny little holes expecting black gunk and prepare yourself to throw out everything… but then this whole process starts over.

Now you have the heebie jeebies and want to clean and disinfect your whole home.

Worry not!  I’ll go through 2 different methods that will not only clean but sanitize these toys for your little ones.

Method 1: Vinegar

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Vinegar is a natural disinfectant.  Though it may send you jumping back when you first smell it, the scent always goes away…but not before disinfecting!

  1. Add 1 cup of vinegar for every gallon of freshly boiled water in a basin or sink.
  2. Take a clean sponge and scrub the outside of the toys with the vinegar water.
  3. Force the toys to suck in the solution and squirt it back out several times.
  4. Allow the toys to soak for about an hour.
  5. Thoroughly squeeze out all the liquid you can
  6. Set them out on a fluffy, clean, dry towel to let dry

Do you need to boil the water?  Not necessarily, but boiling water cleans the water and if you’re cleaning and disinfecting, don’t you want the cleanest water?

In my town in the midst of West Texas, the water is rough and I wouldn’t trust a cleaning job with just anything out of the tap.

Method 2: Bleach

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Bleach is a lot harsher.  This would not be my first choice unless you believe you already have mold or mildew, in which case, you want to kill it with whatever will do the job!

  1. Add 3/4 cup bleach to your gallon of freshly boiled water
  2. Take a clean sponge and scrub the outside of the toys with the vinegar water.
  3. Force the toys to suck in the solution and squirt it back out several times.
  4. Allow the toys to soak for about an hour
  5. Force the toys to suck in/squeeze out plain water in order to get the bleach off all of the surfaces
  6. Thoroughly squeeze out all the liquid you can
  7. Set them out on a fluffy, clean, dry towel to let dry

You don’t want your kids playing with mold, mildew, OR straight bleach so make sure you don’t skip the step of rinsing the insides with water!

Preventing

You should repeat this process about once every 2-3 months depending on how often they are used and how much care is given to them at the end of each bath.

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If you have a hot glue gun, try plugging the holes with a bit of hot glue.

You want to make sure to make a good cork, so really get the glue going on the inside then fill the actual hole.  This way, chunks of glue won’t end up floating around in the tub.  Keep an eye out for floating glue!

Obviously, if the kids are obsessed with squirting toys, they may not be thrilled about those getting plugged up.  Just do an inspection and clean regularly!

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When was the last time you cleaned and disinfected your baby’s bath toys?

Happy soaking!

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2 Comments

    1. Yes they do! No matter how much you squeeze water out, there’s always some left in there! Vinegar is one of my favorite cleaning tools!

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