We've all seen those nightmarish pics of rubber ducks cut in half to reveal mould inside. Yech, It's enough to have you ditch the toys altogether! But fear no more. Just follow our 5 step guide and bath time will once again be filled with good clean fun!
1. Use a self draining bath toy holder
Prevention is always better than cure, right?
Look for toy storage that will hold the toys while allowing water to drain and air to circulate so they can fully dry. Mould loves moisture so dry toys out.
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2. Scrub the crevasses of toys
Most bath toys have ridges and crevasses that can collect soap residue. Check regularly for any white film on the toys and scrub it off with an old toothbrush. The earlier you catch it the easier it is.
3. Use the dishwasher
Dishwashers are the best; and not just for dishes! Any sturdy plastic or rubber toys that can handle a round in the top basket of the dishwasher should be gathered up and given a wash in there every week or two. Keeping on top of this will save you scrubbing later on.
4. Bleach solution for squirty toys
Mix a solution of one part bleach to ten parts water. Suck the bleach solution up into the toy, give it a good shake and squirt it back out. Then do the same a few times with plain water to remove the bleach.
This will prevent mould buildup inside the toys and the bleach breaks down so any residue is still safe for your baby's bath.
5. Wash the toy holder
Don't forget to clean the toy holder every now and then too. If it's a mesh bag, depending on the care instructions, it may be able to go right into the washing machine. If it's plastic a quick scrub will suffice.
Just remember that prevention is sooo much easier than cure. Do a little bit regularly to save a mass trashing of those toys later on.