Can you clean Mouldy bath toys?

Answered by Jarrod Smith

You can clean moldy bath toys using various methods. Here are a few effective ways to clean mold from bath toys:

1. Dishwasher: One of the easiest and most convenient ways to clean moldy bath toys is by placing them in the dishwasher. Make sure the toys are dishwasher-safe before doing this. Simply load the toys into the dishwasher and run a regular cycle with hot water and detergent. This will help kill the mold and remove any dirt or grime from the toys.

2. Bleach bath: Another effective method is to soak the moldy toys in a bleach bath. Mix about 3/4 cup of bleach with a gallon of water in a large container or bathtub. Submerge the toys in the solution and let them soak overnight. The bleach will kill the mold and disinfect the toys. After soaking, rinse the toys thoroughly with water before using them again.

3. Sterilizing tablets: You can also use sterilizing tablets, which are commonly used for baby bottle sterilization. Follow the instructions on the packaging for the correct usage. Typically, you would dissolve the tablets in water and soak the toys for a specified period of time. This method kills mold and bacteria, leaving the toys clean and safe to use.

4. Vinegar soak: Vinegar is a natural cleaning agent and can be used to remove mold from bath toys. Mix 2 cups of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar with around 5 liters of warm water in a large container. Soak the toys in the vinegar solution overnight. The acidity of the vinegar helps to kill mold and remove any residue. Rinse the toys with water thoroughly after soaking.

Remember to always follow safety guidelines and ensure proper rinsing of the toys after cleaning. It’s also a good idea to regularly inspect bath toys for any signs of mold and clean them periodically to prevent mold growth.

In my personal experience, I have found the dishwasher method to be the easiest and most effective way to clean moldy bath toys. It requires minimal effort, and the hot water and detergent combination does a great job of removing mold and dirt. However, if the toys are not dishwasher-safe, I would opt for the bleach bath or vinegar soak methods, as they are equally effective in killing mold and disinfecting the toys.