The toys we use at bath time have to be cleaned or renewed from time to time. How to clean bath toys often come in parents’ mind. If you are parents, let’s move with us. Many times we think bath toys are clean because they are always in the tub but NOT! If you do not clean or disinfect them occasionally, bacteria and germs will grasp your children.
Joaquin and Olivia, my kids, have several toys for the tub. When I finish bathing them, I always tighten them to get the water out. But still they never finish drying and the filth that accumulates inside them is disgusting. I cut a toy to see how it was inside and it was dirty and with mushrooms.
We have two options:
–Bounce all bath toys and buy new ones every four to six months.
–Disinfect them every time and the ideal would be once a month.
I dumped several of the bathroom toys that were in terrible condition and that were unconquerable. Some I had when Joaquin was a baby, so you can imagine … the rest I cleaned and disinfected. It is important to wash them before disinfecting them.
For this, I squeezed them to make sure they did not have water and then I put them in the washing machine with one of those net bags and it was perfect.
Then I squeezed them to get the water (which came out a little dirty and with soap) and left them soaking all night in a tray where I put half a cup of white vinegar and a teaspoon of baking soda.
It is important to make the toys suck this water and soak it with the water inside. The next day I squeezed them and the water came out with little black things. This is a good way to disinfect naturally. The other option is to do the same but with bleach,
If you opt for this option soak and squeeze the toys several times, babies inevitably put them in their mouths.
An option that I did not do but I share because it seems a good idea is to put glue with a silicone gun to the holes of the toys to prevent water from entering them. Of course, they will not spit water when the children squeeze them but you avoid getting water and accumulate dirt and mold.
I think it’s a good option to do especially with new toys so you do not even have to worry about cleaning toys so exhaustively.
How to clean bath toys
Cleaning bath playthings that spend hours each week spinning in warm soapy water can seem silly, but it is not. However, bacteria and mold can grow on the inside or on the surface of rubber, plastic, and clothing bath toys, if they do not receive the necessary care.
It is not tough to clean the baby’s bath toys if it is done as part of the weekly routine. Besides, washing the toys in the bathtub may seem unnecessary, but it is the dirt and germs that you cannot see causing the most problems.
Keep away the bathroom toys from the baby bathtubs and bath seats if baby’s bath time is over. Then, shake and drain the excess water from rubber ducks, garish toys, and cloth toys or stuffed animals.
Place wet toys on clean, folded towels and switch on the fan or open your window to help them air dry faster.
Fill a basin or bucket with a bit hot water. Now, add white vinegar, in a ratio of hot water and vinegar from 2 to 1.
Soak the toys in the bathroom for ten to fifteen minutes at least once a week. Then, squeeze the warm water and the vinegar solution from the toys and shake them before tightening them to get all the liquid out. Wash the toys well and let them air dry in the sun.
3 Steps on How to clean bath toys
1.Seal the holes
The glue will be our ally. Many bathroom toys have holes in the bottom that are perfect for water to enter and lodge the unwanted mold. We can avoid this if we create a waterproof seal on the toy. We just have to place a drop of hot glue in the holes of the toys before putting them in the bathroom.
2.Tray for toys and ventilation
We can buy a tray or shelf with holes for storage to minimize the amount of water left in the toys. We must put them near an open window to have good ventilation or use the vents to remove excess steam from the bathroom. Anything that dries the toys will help prevent mold.
3.Thorough cleaning of mold in toys
We believe that it is the best to foresee, but if the previous steps are late and you already have mold in the toys, the tricks we have tried are:
—Boil the toys→ since ancestral times it has been the method of disinfection par excellence, after boiling them with a pair of tweezers, it removes all the dirt including the mold. Let them cool and do not forget to dry them well.
—Submerge the toys in Vinegar → Mix 1 liter of water with half a cup of vinegar and soak the toys for about an hour. Then remove the dirt. But remember to clarify the toys very well so it can’t leave traces of vinegar and above all dry them as much as you can.
—Cleaning the toys in the dishwasher → A thorough washing in your dishwasher will clean both the outside and inside of the toys. It will be a great help to say goodbye to the mold of the toys if remember to dry them insistently.
Put rubber and plastic toys in the dishwasher and mild cloth toys in the dryer and washer once a week to make sure they remain clean. Store toys outside the bathroom so that they don’t constantly matter of humid air. You can use bath toy organizers to store bath toys.
Never place rubber, plastic or clothing bath playthings in the microwave to clean them.