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How to Clean Bath Toys with Vinegar

Remove soap scum, stains and moulds naturally from your child’s favourite bath toys.

how to clean bath toys with vinegar

Kids play with their bath toys every time they’re in the tub and as parents, it is always assumed that these toys get simply cleaned by just being in the bath. However, whenever these toys come out of the water, they are far from clean and most of the time they come pretty grimy.

While rinsing these toys after bath does help but a regular thorough cleaning at least once a week is still highly recommended. Soaking bath toys in diluted vinegar or bleach is a common way of cleaning them and getting rid of mould.

Another common way of cleaning bath toys is boiling them. This is done by scrubbing off any obvious dirt from the toys, putting them in a pan filled with water then bringing it to a boil and let it boil for at least 15 minutes. A word of warning though. Please make sure that the toy you’re intending to clean using this method can withstand extreme temperatures.

Some toys are dishwasher safe so you can simply toss them inside your dishwasher and wash them like as usual.

Cleaning bath toys with diluted vinegar

Vinegar, a fantastic natural cleaning agent, is a diluted acid, making it great at dissolving mineral build-up from water and soap scum. With its natural antifungal properties, it is widely known to kill most species of mould. As a kitchen staple, vinegar comes in handy in cleaning bath toys.

Diluting vinegar in water is really easy and simple to make. The resulting solution is safe to use in cleaning most bath toys. You can enhance your mixture by adding a few drops of either tea tree oil or lemon oil, popular essential oils that are known to kill mould naturally.

Generally, you’d want to clean bath toys by giving them a scrub with a brush before soaking them in diluted vinegar. If you are cleaning squirty or squeezy toys, make sure to get rid of any excess water inside the toy.

Once you’ve made your cleaning solution, soak bath toys fully submerged for an hour or overnight. After soaking them, take them out then give them a good rinse. You can also give them another scrubbing to make sure that all the nooks and crannies are cleaned.

Once you’re done, you can leave them to dry or use your bathroom fan to help speed up the drying process. It is also best to sun dry them as it is a natural way of killing any nasties.

It’s common knowledge that wooden toys are not suitable for bath time but Plan Toys’ range of high quality wooden toys are guaranteed to provide great bath time fun.

Using diluted vinegar as cleaning solution is not only applicable on bath toys but most toys as well. If you don’t want to soak them, you can use clean toys like wooden toys with a damp cloth. This cleaning method also works for most plastic toys that are not battery operated.

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