The twins LOVE bath time. If they hear the word “bath” they go running to the bathroom door, pounding on it with excitement. They splish and splash, then cry tears when it is time to get out.
As often as I clean the twins in the bath, I have to admit that I hadn’t thought much about cleaning tub toys. You would think all that soap and water would clean them. Nope.
They actually get quite disgusting…moldy even. To fight the dirt and mold, here are some Tips for Cleaning Tub Toys to make bath time fun and clean!
Tips for Cleaning Tub Toys
#1 Choose Washable Tub Toys: When shopping for bathtub toys for kids, buy ones that are easy to clean. Look for hard plastic toys, like sorter cups or the Tub Time Turtle that don’t have nooks and crannies for mold to settle in. If you do have toys with holes in them, you may want to plug the holes with a waterproof glue so no water gets in.
#2 Wipe Off Toys Weekly: You don’t need to deep clean them weekly, but give them a good wipe down or toss them in the dishwasher. Make sure you read the instructions as some materials can’t go in the dishwasher. We don’t have a dishwasher so I just fill the sink and let them get all sudsy.
#3 Sanitize After Each Bath: Spray them down with a basic non-toxic sanitizer between each weekly wash.
#4 Deep Clean with Bleach: Do this once a month, or if your kiddo gets sick. You can soak the tub toys in a mixture of 1 gallon of water and 3/4 cup of bleach.
Let the toys get happy in the bleach water for about an hour. Scrub them down, rinse the insides out well (for toys with holes not plugged), squeeze out excess water and let them air dry thoroughly.