It almost seems like an oxymoron to have to wash bath toys, right? But bath toys get icky fast. They spend a lot of time submerged in water and need a regular cleaning from time to time- just like everything else. And it's actually really easy to do. Read on for more.
- Make sure you start with dry bath toys that you have squeezed all the extra water out of.
- Then mix up this simple solution: 3/4 cup bleach per gallon of warm water. We have a lot of bath toys and I like to get them all done at one time, so I often double this formula just so I don't have to go back more than once.
- Submerge toys in the solution. If they are squeeze toys, then squeeze some of the solution into the toy and shake well.
- Let toys sit in the cleaning solution for a while. Some say that 5 minutes will do the trick. Others let it go for hours. The last time I cleaned our bath toys, I let them sit about 30-45 minutes while I was busy doing other things.
- Rinse well with warm water and pat dry. Make sure to squeeze all the solution back out of those squeeze toys.
- Bonus points to the mama who figured out that you can fill in the hole of squeeze toys with a bead of hot glue to prevent water from getting back in. It's a super quick and easy step that might be worth a try next time you take on this task.
Once your bath toys are rinsed and dried, they are all ready to go again! That was easy- and so worth it!