How to Clean Bath Toys Inside & Out (Eliminate Mold Easily and Safely)

How to Clean Bath Toys with Bleach

If you’ve tried the other methods, but still have stubborn gunk on the toys, have particularly dirty bath toy, or are convinced the only way you’ll get them clean is by using bleach, this is the method for you!

For this, you again need a large bucket that will fit both your bleach solution and all the toys.

Mix up a solution that’s roughly 1 tablespoon of bleach per gallon of water (~4 litres).

Dump all the toys you want to clean into the water / solution, and leave them at least 10 minutes. As they soak, make sure they stay under the surface of the water (inside the solution) by weighting them down a bit.

After soaking, remove the toys and discard the solution. Use a nylon scrub brush to clean off any additional spots of mold, and then rinse thoroughly.

Again, you want to let them air dry after this until they’re bone dry!

The downside of using bleach, of course, is safety.

Bleach and kids generally don’t mix, so you want to make sure the bleach solution is really and truly rinsed off the toys before handing the toys back to your kids. This is especially if your baby is in a mouthing stage.

For extra peace of mind you can run them through a washing machine or dishwasher at the end, or boil them.

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FAQs and Tips

How Often Should You Clean Your Bath Toys

If you’re diligent about drying them out after each use, cleaning them once per week should be fine.

How Can You Prevent Mold Growth Going Forward?

Mold free is safest. So what’s the key to preventing it from growing? Keeping them dry between uses; storing them properly so they stay dry; and plugging holes before use (or buying ones without holes).

Drying

To dry them out, you can use a bottle drying rack (just balance them on top) or keep them on a towel somewhere with good airflow. Sunshine is a great disinfectant too, so drying them outside in a sunny is a good choice!

Storing

Once dry, you really want to keep them dry. If the tub is used by other family members for showers etc., this means storing them elsewhere, such as in a cupboard.

However, if the bathtub is only being used when your child is playing and splashing, one of those bath toy storage nets can work quite well.

Plugging Holes

When its time to add to your collection, ideally buy versions without holes. My favorite brands that don’t have holes are CaaOcho and Oli & Carol.

Then you won’t have any hidden caves to deal with in the future.

Alternatively, you can plug the holes on new purch

Alternatively, you can plug the holes on new purchases with hot glue. I wouldn’t do this with older ones that have been in use for awhile, because you can’t be sure they’re totally dry and clean inside before plugging, which is a recipe for them to start growing something gross.

What if You Can’t Get Them Spotless?

If you have a toy that just won’t get clean, the safest option is to trash that toy.

Eventually, every toy hits its limit, and the best

Eventually, every toy hits its limit, and the best thing you can do for your children and their safety is recognize when that happens, and send it on its way.

Cleaning Bath Toys with Hydrogen Peroxide

You can also use hydrogen peroxide to clean your bath toys. Hydrogen peroxide is common 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.

How to Clean Bath Toys in Washing Machine

To clean bath toys in the washing machine, place all the toys in a mesh laundry bag. Use regular detergent and a rinse cycle with white vinegar, then remove the toys from the bag and let them dry separately

When learning how to clean bath toys in washing machine, it is important to keep a few things in mind. Firstly, when you are washing the bath toys, be sure to throw some towels or other cloths in the machine, as the toys by themselves can bang and be very loud. Secondly, be sure to check the labels of all the toys, as some may be incompatible with hot washes and have the potential to melt..

How to Prevent Mold From Growing On Bath Toys

It is easier to avoid mold from forming on bath toys than to have to wipe it off. And here are a few suggestions on how to clean bath toys mold to help you stop slime.

Seal Them Up Some toys aren’t completely sealed, and that means water can get inside. And if water could get in, mold could also grow, and you’re not even going to know it’s there. If your items have some cracks, fix them with a hot glue device, or even some silicone. It will prevent all of them from entering water along.

Proper Toy Storage Next, to avoid mold from developing, build a safe place to store your boy’s bath toys. Try investing in a tray or rack that enables the water to escape from the toys, leaving them next to an open window for good airflow, by utilizing fans and vents to remove residual moisture from the wash. Everything that dries out the toys can help avoid mold forming. But if you learn all the ins and outs about how to clean bath toys mold, the gunk does always not go anywhere often. Playing with new toys is safer for your kids than something which may cause them ill. If you like a shiny, sterile bathroom safe from mold or grime, taking good care of the bath toys will make a big difference and keep them nice and squeaky.

How to Clean Rubber Bath Toys

When cleaning rubber bath toys, simply ensure the toys are soaked overnight in either a ¾ cup bleach/1 gallon solution  or ½ cup vinegar/ 1 gallon solution. Rinse them thoroughly after soaking and then let air dry.

The biggest thing to keep in mind when learning how to clean rubber bath toys is the temperature at which you are cleaning them at. When learning how to clean bath toys in general, be sure to check the labels of the toys and see if any precautionary measures are detailed. If the water is too hot with whatever method you are using, or if the toys are incompatible with certain chemicals you stand the risk of damaging the toy, and making your special one sad. Be sure when learning how to clean bath toys you aren’t damaging them.

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 your fabulous cleaning methods on cleaning bath toys.

Clean Bath Toys Weekly

Martha Stewart suggests a weekly cleaning of bath toys in one part hot water, one part distilled vinegar and a few drops of dish soap.

Vinegar dissolves soap scum while dish soap removes dirt. Soak the toys for 10 minutes and use an old toothbrush to help clean them, if necessary.

Rinse the toys in warm water and let dry completely.

How to Prevent Mold Growth

After cleaning your baby’s toys, it would be nice to know how to prevent molds from growing back. Unlike other toys, bath toys are constantly exposed to water.

There are three ways you can prevent mold from growing on your baby’s bath toys.

Plug the Holes of the Bath Toys

Bath toys are known to have holes that squeeze out water. Sure, these squeeze toys are fun to use for kids, but water can get trapped inside and lead to mold formation!

An easy way to prevent water from getting inside is to plug the holes.

All you need is hot glue from a glue gun, and you’re all set!

  • Clean the toy first and squeeze out any excess liquids.
  • Apply a dab of hot glue on the hole/s of the bath toy.
  • Wait for the glue to dry.

Make the Holes Bigger

The best way to prevent molds from forming is to keep all parts of the toy dry.

To help you keep the insides dry, you can drill a bigger hole instead of sealing it.

Make sure to drill the hole wide enough to fit a pipe cleaner or cotton swab. That should make the insides easier to clean and dry.

After every baby bath, wipe and dry the inside of the toy using a cotton swab or a paper towel.

Storing Bath Toys Properly

Another way to keep bath toys mold-free is to store them correctly.

After bathing your child, you should remember to store all bath toys using an organizer bag. You can also install a bathtub rack where you can lay the toys to dry.

As long as your toys have a way of hanging and drying right after baths, that should help prevent molds from forming.

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