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.
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…
And this is after soaking + scrubbing…
Now you know how to clean bath toys naturally without bleach. Happy cleaning!