Your kids love their bath toys, but we're sure you don't love what might be growing on them. Read on to learn the best ways to clean those bath toys!
Bath toys are a great way to make bathtime fun!
But do you know what kind of germs might be growing on them?
Cleaning your child's bath toys is a crucial part of maintaining health and safety in your household. Without keeping them clean, your child may be prone to an uncomfortable rash -- yikes!
If you're looking to find the best ways to keep bathtime toys clean, you've come to the right place.
Here are our top three ways to maintain health and safety when it comes to keeping toys clean in the bathroom:
1. Soak Them in Vinegar
When you think of household cleaning, you might immediately think of dousing everything in bleach to kill unwanted germs.
However, bleach can sometimes give off hazardous fumes -- which is unsafe for you and especially for your little ones.
If you're looking for a safer alternative, consider soaking your child's bath toys in vinegar.
Vinegar is a safe alternative to bleach and still cleans items effectively.
To clean items using vinegar, mix white vinegar with about a gallon of water. Drop the toys into the mixture and let them sit for at least an hour.
After soaking, scrub the toys to eliminate any mold buildup that may have occurred over time.
After cleaning, be sure to squeeze all water out completely and let the toys air dry.
2. Clean Them in the Dishwasher
If you're looking to save time, consider cleaning the bath toys in the dishwasher. Doing so can yield more effective results than just soaking them in white vinegar, especially since most dishwashers have "scrub" settings.
Before placing the toys in the dishwasher, be sure to check if they're dishwasher safe. You can usually check this by looking at the bottom of the toy.
After running them through a cycle, be sure to double check them with a scrub to remove any leftover mold particles that may remain.
3. Glue Holes Shut!
The most common reason cleaning bathroom toys? Mold buildup.
This buildup is the result of water seeping inside the toys and staying there. The combination of moisture and warmth creates a perfect place for the mold to grow.
How does the water get in the toys? Easily -- through the hole on the bottom!
Flip each toy over and take a look -- they will all have holes on the bottom, intended to let you squeeze water out.
Unfortunately, they let water in, too!
Take a hot glue gun and glue enough of the hole to seal it shut.
In doing so, you will not only prevent water coming in, but will save time in the long run since you won't have to clean the toys as often.
Cleaning Bath Toys: A Necessity!
Overall, toys are a fun way to make bathtime bearable for you and your child; however, it does come with some risks, such as yucky mold buildup!
By cleaning the toys with vinegar or sending them for a quick spin in the dishwasher, you can remove any buildup safely and effectively.
And, consider gluing holes shut on new toys to prevent having to clean them at all in the future!
If you're looking for more tips on how to keep you and your child's lives fun and safe, check out our blog here.