How to Keep Bath Toys Clean and Free From Mould
Unless you've been hiding under a rock lately, you will have seen the news reports that scientists have revealed the staggering truth about what's lurking inside your baby's bath toys. Spoiler alert: it's not pleasant. Those cute, sometimes squeaking, bath toys that float, squirt and delight? They need to go. Sorry. Because most bath toys are made with a hole that enables them to fill with water, they're actually a virile breeding ground for bacteria and mould- and that means your bathroom is exposed to this every time your little one takes a splash.
But there's no need to panic. Here's a really simple guide on how to keep your bath toys clean and free from mould.
Have a good sort out
First things first- get rid of those old bath toys lurking a the bottom of the toy tub NOW. If they've been making regular appearances at bath time there's a really good chance they're breeding the same yucky black mould that scientists exposed this week, and short of cutting them up to prove it, the easiest thing to do is just replace them all now.
It's worth noting that a good replacement bath toy is one that does NOT have a hole at the bottom to collect water in- such as the Cuddleduck. We designed these little fellas very specifically so that they're made in one solid piece, with no need for a hole. This means no water collects and no mould breeds inside. Clever, huh?
Rinse your toys after every bath time
If you do have toys with a hole at the bottom, keeping them clean is imperative. After every bath time, squeeze them as hard as you can to get rid of any water lurking in there. Then rinse them clean and dry thoroughly. Don't store them on top of each other- instead allow them a space of their own so that air can ciruclate freely.
If you have a Cuddleduck or another toy with no hole, you still need to take care after bath time. As with other bath toys, you need to rinse and dry them throroughly and allow to stand until next time.
Check your bath toys regularly
It's so important to carry out regular checks of your bath toys to ensure there is nothing nasty hanging around. Even bath toys with no holes need to be checked, as you would with any other toy, to make sure they're safe for your baby to use. Don't skip this- especially if there's a chance your regular bath toys could be breeding mould. If in doubt, throw them away immediately.
Elminate mould... if you're feeling brave
If you don't want to throw away your old bath toys, you can have a go at cleaning them and removing the mould from inside. It's not a pleasant job, and it will need to be done regualrly too. Simply place the toys in a solution of white vinegar and water and leave to soak overnight. The toys can then either be placed into the dishwasher or cleaned thoroughly in warm soapy water. Don't forget to squeeze them and dry them thoroughly!
If you insist on keeping your toys with the pesky water collecting hole, then you'll want to take steps to ensure you're doing all you can to prevent mould. Either fill the hole withe glue (not preferable, seeing as your baby may well want to chew the toy!) or carefully cut a bigger hole into the toy. This means that water will drain more easily and you can get inside to dry the toy out after every bath time. Fiddly!
Buy a Cuddleduck instead
Seriously, we believe so strongly that bath time should be safe and fun! The Cuddleduck requires very little maintenance, it's made from natural rubber and contains no nasties at all- and that includes the yucky black mould lurking inside other bath toys. Here's what some mums have to say:
"Lily loves her Cuddleduck! She's got her last molar coming through... he's always going in her mouth which is perfectly fine as he's non toxic and made from natural rubber." Lucy.
"Having a rubber duck that doesn't release black gunk after a few uses is genius!" Alex.