Your Not Alone. I have too!
There is hope! I’ll share my secrets to how I’ve never found another moldy bath toy again. You can easily prevent gross moldy bath toys from invading your home.
The Scene of the Attack
I vividly remember the evening mold attacked my daughter in the bathtub. I was forever haunted. On a mission to make sure moldy bath toys never returned.
It started as a normal evening. We had just struggled through dinner after a long day at work. My daughter still refused to eat her broccoli – ugh!
Mentally exhausted from the struggle, we moved on to bathtime. The smell of bath soap filled the air with warm bubbly water filled the tub. She’d had a messy day playing in the dirt with her Grandpa while Mom and Dad were at work.
Bathtime was something she loved. The biggest struggle was getting her out of the tub. She often played in the tub until her hands were shriveled up like a prune.
Then it happened. She squeezed her rubber ducky. Out squirted bits and pieces of black moldy water. All over the tub! She was excited about what she saw. So she immediately did it again. This time a bigger piece of black mold came out.
Moldy Bathwater Everywhere
Bathtime had turned into a nightmare, my daughter being attacked by black mold. She was not phased, I was. Mold can be dangerous stuff. I surely didn’t want her bathing in it.
I had flashbacks. She used to squirt bathwater from her rubber ducky into her mouth. Was she eating mold?
I jumped up and wrapped her up in a towel. Then snatched the ducky to investigate.
Every night after bath I squeezed the ducky to remove the water. I cleaned the outside of the ducky when I washed the tub. The ducky was only a month old. How is this happening?!? How did I have moldy bath toys?
Then I realized there is no way I could have gotten all that water out. No amount of squeezing would have ensured it was dry on the inside. Plus there was no way to dry or clean the inside of the rubber ducky.
Into the trash it went! I investigated the rest of the toys. They failed my inspection. Almost every bath toy went into the trash that night. Here are my top 10 bath toys to prevent mold growth. They are just as much fun as the rubber ducks, if not more!
I was frustrated – how would I keep the toys clean? I found several solutions. Now you can prevent this nightmare scene too.
5 Tips to Prevent Moldy Bath Toys in Your Tub
1. Buy Toys without Holes
Get bath toys that are completely sealed without any holes. While they are less fun without the squirt factor they will save you a lot of headache.
Definitely, pass on Barbie’s or movable action figures in the tub. Any toy where water can get inside is a recipe for disaster. Here’s my favorite bath toys. There are even options for squirty bath toys that unscrew so you can clean inside. Check it out!!
The change in bath toys will be exciting for your kids. But if it’s hard to part with their favorite toy, remember it will pass.
2. Fill the holes
I’ve successfully filled the holes in our bath toys using superglue or a hot glue gun. The hot glue gun is the method I’d recommend. Why do I always seem to get super glue stuck to my fingers?? Does this happen to anyone else!!!??? So frustrating!!
The goal is no water in or out.All you do is put a glob of hot glue on the hole to seal it up and viola! A sealed up bath toy and no mold!
If you’re doing this to already used bath toys, you will be sealing water inside the toy that will get moldy. If the hole is sealed, that moldy gunk won’t leak out. I prefer to start out with new toys that have yet to see the water.
You could do either, the choice is yours.
3. Dry out between uses
Leaving wet toys in the bottom of the tub seems like a good idea. Less time cleaning up a mess you’ll get out the same time tomorrow.
You can pull the shower curtain over to hide the mess. But you’re not hiding it from growing mold.
Mold loves warm, damp environments. Bathtubs are an ideal place for mold to thrive.
Drying out your toys between uses will prevent the growth of mold. We use a scoop designed for bath toys that has lots of air holes and a hole at the bottom to drain the water.
Here is the toy holder we use. Instead of mounting it to the wall like they did, I hang our frog on a command hook. People say the strips don’t hold it up anyway. Plus I was concerned with mold forming behind the frog’s body. Now my little guy loves that he can swing the basket around and dump the toys all by himself. This toy holder has much better reviews than mine.
Check out this list of some amazing DIY bath toy storage solutions.
4. Less Bath Toys
Kids toys can quickly take over your house. I’m sure you know the feeling!! Bath toys are no different. A few bath toys quickly turn into an overcrowded party.
A handful of toys in the tub is all you need. We had slides and elaborate toys for bathtime back in the day. It turned into more to clean and more to clean up. Pay attention to what your little one plays with at bathtime. I bet they only play with a fraction of those toys.
It’s time to downsize ladies! We have 6-8 small bath toys for our 4 children. That’s all. They’re still happily entertained in the tub.My kids like to play with fun shaped bar soap in the bathtub. I make them with all natural ingredients and no added fragrance that can irritate skin. Check out some of them in my Etsy shop. Our kid’s favorites are the truck soap and snowflake.
5. Clean Your Bath Toys
Take a few minutes and wipe down the toys at least once a month. I clean my tub with vinegar. Vinegar is great at getting rid of and preventing mold. Just spray down the toys with vinegar and let them sit for 15 minutes. Then wipe them off.
Here is 5 awesome ways to get your bath toys clean with minimal to no effort on your part.
My kids also like to wash their bath toys while in the tub. This is a great way to get your kids involved and keep the toys mold free.
Or throw the bath toys in your washing machine inside a zippered lingerie laundry bag. It works great for legos too!
Black mold can be dangerous to your child’s health. I know you want to do everything in your power to keep them safe. Simple steps can make a big difference.
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Make these simple changes today. Make sure to toss those moldy bathtime toys before bath tonight!