“Rubber Duckie, you’re the one. You make bath time lots of fun!”
Ernie from Sesame Street got it right. Bath toys make bath time more enjoyable for parents and kids alike. But if they’re not properly cared for, bath toys can get moldy quick; they can even cause post-bath rashes. Here are some helpful methods for keeping your bath toys clean and safe:
Cleaning with vinegar
Vinegar is a natural disinfectant that is safer than many chemicals. Mix one-half cup of white vinegar with a gallon of water and let the toys soak for an hour. Then, use a sponge or dish brush to scrub each toy and squeeze all the water out. Lay the toys on a towel to dry. The acetic acid in vinegar helps cut through dirt buildup. If your bath toys are especially dirty, you might need to repeat these steps to get them completely clean.
Cleaning with bleach
Mix together three-quarters cup of bleach with a gallon of water. Soak the toys for up to an hour, give them a scrub, squeeze out the water and let them dry. You might not want to use bleach, as it is a harsh chemical, but bleach will help loosen more mold than any other method. Make sure to rinse the toys thoroughly to ensure they’re bleach-free before they go back into the bath.
Don’t let grimy bath toys keep you and your kids from delighting in bath-time fun. Clean your bath toys about once per month to make bath time healthy and safe.