An often overlooked item are bath toys. Why would I need to clean something that has daily interaction with soap and water? The same reason you need to scrub grime off the shower walls. This article will give some good tips on how to clean bath toys. A lot of you would be shocked if you were to cut open your standard rubber play toy. The inside might remind you more of a horror movie than your child’s bath time. It is imperative that one learns to eradicate nasty parasites from your children’s toys.
1. Stopping the Problem Before it Begins (How to not have to deal with it in the first place.)
The best step is always prevention. A good idea is to plug up those holes on the toy that your child uses to suck up water and squirt it. The insides, left wet and unchecked, provide the perfect breeding ground for mold. You might consider gluing those holes shut. Be sure to check the plugs you made frequently, not much can stand up to the wrath of a young child. By taking preventative measures, you may not have to spend much time learning how to destroy the mold and gunk. It will never appear in the first place.
2. Death by Vinegar (A pungent approach.)
Vinegar is well known for its mold eradicating power. You can soak the offending toys for a few hours in a solution of 3/4 cup white vinegar to 1 gallon water. It is better to do this frequently, rather than wait for muck to appear. If you feel so inclined, vinegar and water mixed into a spray bottle make an effective cleaning solution as well for the mildew on your shower tiles and ceiling. This is probably my favorite way of cleaning Mr. Duck. If the smell of vinegar bothers you too much, try adding orange peels to the solution and letting it set for a few weeks.
3. Chemical Warfare (BLEACH IT!)
Same as above, except using bleach. The same mixture (3/4 cup bleach, 1 gallon water) is used. This may be more effective, but make sure you keep the area aired out and gated off from curious toddlers. If this doesn’t clear out the nasty stuff, then you may have to come to terms with throwing the problem toy out.
The three methods we have gone over are effective, cheap, and safe. Sometimes it may just be better to put the overtaken toy into the trash while your child is asleep. A quick check can be done by squeezing the toys in your inventory. If black, gross looking stuff comes out, that is mold. If it is just a small bit, it may be salvageable. I know from personal experience that it can be hard to toss out your child’s toys, but this is better than them getting sick or other problems. As with anything, preventing this from happening in the first place is always the best method, and all three of these methods can be used for that. It is hard for mold to take root when you are constantly rinsing the toys with the above solutions. The glue solution should stop it altogether.
I hope you find this article useful. Good luck with your battle against mold.