Some children inexplicably hate baths. Or they fear the water. Or they simply refuse to follow the basic rules of human hygiene and revel in their own filth. If one of them is your cross to carry, you need to stock up on bath toys. Choose those made from a single piece of silicone, rubber or plastic, without any holes, so water doesn’t get trapped inside. Because trapped water leads to mold, which you absolutely don’t want.
But even if you stock up on the crÃ¨me de la crÃ¨me of bath toys, you need to wash them. Experts, including those at home cleaning service The Maids, recommend cleaning bath toys once a week.
How to clean bathtub toys
âIf you can boil the bath toy, boil it. Or put it in the dishwasher. You can also scrub it with dish soap and water, using a toothbrush, âsaid Sarah Paiji Yoo, cleaning expert, co-founder and CEO of Blueland, a New York-based startup. which makes environmentally friendly cleaning products direct to the consumer, says TODAY at home. âWe recommend toys without holes because the water gets stuck in them and it is very difficult to clean it. I would recommend rubber or silicone as they are easier to boil or wash dishes.
But let’s say you don’t own a dishwasher or just feel weird using the same machine to wash rubber ducks and drinking glasses.
How to clean bath toys with vinegar
Regalo, which makes baby products, recommends that you clean bath toys with a solution of water and vinegar.
- Mix a gallon of water with half a cup of distilled white vinegar.
- Immerse the toys in the solution for one hour.
- Scrub the toys with a toothbrush.
- Rinse the toys with water and dry them thoroughly.
How to clean bath toys in the dishwasher
If you still prefer to use your dishwasher, it’s simple and safe.
- Place the toys on the upper rack so that they don’t melt or warp.
- Set the dishwasher to the sanitize setting, if available.
- When finished, dry them thoroughly.
How to boil bath toys to clean them
You can also clean your children’s bath toys by boiling them.
- Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil.
- Throw in bath toys.
- Boil them for 1-2 minutes. Note that most plastics do not melt in boiling water.
- Use tongs to pull the toys out of the water and wring out anything stuck inside.
- Let them dry.
This article was originally published on May 3, 2021.