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August 30, 2016

How To Clean Bath Toys

How to clean bath toys naturally WITHOUT bleach

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Bath toys…  Or should I say mold magnets?  Because that’s pretty much what they are, right? I mean who thought it was a good idea to put a hole in something that’s constantly soaking in water?!  I get the squirt toys but the rubber ducks?? I’m pretty sure that there’s only a hole in those for the sole purpose of making parents lose their minds.  I don’t know about you but even if I squirt all the water out of every single toy they still get seriously gross.

I’m definitely guilty of throwing toys away because I never thought they’d be clean again. But recently I started to rethink that…  What a waste of money! I started looking up how to clean bath toys and was met with a ton of articles telling me to bleach the toys.  I don’t know about you but the idea of bleaching something that is undoubtedly going to make its way to my child’s mouth makes my stomach uneasy.  So I set out to find a more natural way to disinfect those grimy little mold magnets and came up with this easy solution to clean bath toys.

Mix 1 cup of white vinegar with 2 gallons of water and let toys soak for an hour.  After they’re done soaking, scrub any stubborn spots with a brush and soap.  If the inside of the toy is moldy, squeeze up the vinegar + water, shake the toy then squirt the water out.  After making sure all the water is out, let the toys dry.

*you can half the vinegar + water by mixing 1/2 cup white vinegar with 1 gallon of water.  I washed the toys in our kitchen sink and 1 gallon of water was just not enough.

How to clean bath toys naturally WITHOUT bleach

I told you it was easy!  If your toys are really bad some of the inside mold may still linger in which case I recommend just tossing the toy.  Another tip you might want to try is putting a dot of hot glue over the holes. This will stop water from getting up there in the first place.  Genius, right?!

You can see just how disgusting these toys were before cleaning them…

How to clean bath toys naturally WITHOUT bleach

And this is after soaking + scrubbing…

How to clean bath toys naturally WITHOUT bleach

Now you know how to clean bath toys naturally without bleach.  Happy cleaning!




How to clean bath toys naturally WITHOUT bleach

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  • Delaine

    This is great, Erin. I’ll have to pass this on to my sister!

    August 30, 2016 at 5:53 pm Reply
    • Caffeine & Cuddles

      Thanks for reading Delaine! xo

      August 31, 2016 at 1:34 pm Reply
  • YourDalyDose

    Sounds easy enough! Great post!

    August 30, 2016 at 6:32 pm Reply
    • Caffeine & Cuddles

      I never realized how easy it was… I always just got new ones! Thanks for reading ladies xo

      August 31, 2016 at 1:34 pm Reply
  • Stefanie

    I really need to do this! My method is usually throw away. Haha! Thank you so much for sharing!

    August 31, 2016 at 10:45 am Reply
    • Caffeine & Cuddles

      Yes! I am so guilty of throwing away and buying new ones. Now I’m set on just cleaning them monthly and hoping not to buy any new bath toys for awhile! Thanks for reading my post xo

      August 31, 2016 at 1:35 pm Reply
  • Niki

    Thanks! I’ll have to try this. I superglue the holes shut on her bath toys so they don’t get mold in them. But I wasn’t quite sure about cleaning the outsides safely.

    August 31, 2016 at 11:43 am Reply
    • Caffeine & Cuddles

      I can’t believe I never knew about gluing the holes shut until now! Ha! Give this a try for the outside though.. much better than bleach in my opinion! Thanks for reading xo

      August 31, 2016 at 1:36 pm Reply
    • Laura

      I thought it was a good idea so I super-glued the holes of the first few rubber ducks. Then I noticed the glue was starting to peel up after awhile and all I could think about was my baby choking on a glue chunk should a big enough piece of it fall off. So, I just threw them all out and just no longer buy that kind.

      January 13, 2018 at 3:33 am Reply
  • Sumer

    Great post! I am a fanatic about cleaning our bath toys. I usually run our toys through a sanitize cycle in the dishwasher, but I love this way as well!

    August 31, 2016 at 2:47 pm Reply
  • Ashley Peavey

    I just three out some bath toys!! I’ll be doing this next time

    September 1, 2016 at 12:59 am Reply
  • Dawnene - Beans & Peanuts

    Perfect! Definitely need to try this soon! Thanks!

    September 1, 2016 at 4:19 pm Reply
  • Kyla

    Your posts are always so helpful and useless! Love that you share your little tips and tricks!

    September 2, 2016 at 12:25 am Reply
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