Bath toys are the coolest thing in the world for kids. For about five days. Before they get all mucky and gross. Even though bath time gets your kids squeaky clean, it doesn’t do the same for their in-tub toys. Here’s some advice on cleaning bath toys good and proper.
Tips for cleaning bath toys
Boil them up
The first step to take if you plan on cleaning bath toys is to place them in a pot of boiling water. You want to squeeze them thoroughly to remove all the mould and them lay them out to dry and cool down after they’ve boiled for 5 minutes.
Bring in the vinegar
Mix together 500ml of water and ½ cup of white vinegar. Allow the toys to soak in the mixture for up to an hour before removing them. Give them a good squeeze and scrub them down. Next, allow them to dry properly and if they happen to smell like vinegar, rinse them with clean water and lay them out to dry again.
Soak them in bleach
Cleaning bath toys isn’t always a one-shot show. Sometimes, you’ll need to boil them, and then treat them to a good soak using some good old bleach. To do this, you’ll have to mix 500ml of water and ¾ cups of bleach in a bucket and allow the toys to soak in there overnight. As soon as you take the toys out of the bucket, you should rinse them down with water three or four times before allowing them to air dry.
Plug all the holes
After you’re done cleaning bath toys, you want to ensure that mould doesn’t become a reoccurring problem. Although this will eliminate half the fun for your kids, it will help keep them more hygienic since they can’t store water and grow mould. After cleaning the toys and properly airing them out, plug up the holes with some hot glue.
Chug them in the machine
Bath toys that aren’t as yucky can be thrown in the dishwasher or washing machine once a week or so. It’s an easy way to get the job done. You can also rinse them off with some hydrogen peroxide. Mix two parts water with one part peroxide in a bucket or spray bottle and then spray or soak the toys to sanitise them. Scrub them down and rinse with water before allowing them to air dry.