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Mold In Children's Bath Toys: Havertown, PA

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

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6 Ways to Properly Clean Your Children’s Toys to Remove Mold 

Mold and bath toys often go hand in hand. When the warm water is left to sit inside the tub toy, it provides a warm, moist environment for mold to grow. Unfortunately, in many cases, it is nearly impossible to remove this mold. It is safest to replace the moldy toys with new toys. These tips may help with cleaning your toys and get them free of mold.

Boil The Toys In Water:

  • Place your child’s toys in a pot of boiling water
  • Squeeze to drain the water from the toys making sure to remove all mold
  • Lay each toy out to dry and cool down

Clean With Vinegar

  • Mix one gallon of water and ½ cup of white vinegar
  • Soak toys in the mixture for one hour
  • Squeeze to drain the water from the toys making sure to remove all mold
  • Scrub thoroughly
  • Lay each toy out to dry
  • If the toys still smell like vinegar, rinse them off and lay them out to dry again

Soak Them In Bleach

  • Mix one gallon of water and ¾ cups of bleach in a bucket
  • Allow the toys to soak overnight
  • Remove the toys from the solution and squeeze to drain the water from the toys making sure to remove all mold
  • Rinse with water
  • Lay each toy out to dry

Cover The Holes

Some bath toys have holes in them to allow your kids to squirt water or make squeaky noises. While this might be entertaining, it also allows the toys to store water and grow mold.

  • When you are sure the toys are thoroughly dry, plug up the hole with a drop of hot glue

Run Through The Washer

A simple solution to remove the mold from toys is running them through the dishwasher or washing machine. It’s an easy way to get the job done.

Rinse With Hydrogen Peroxide

  • Mix two parts water and one part hydrogen peroxide in a bucket or spray bottle
  • Soak or spray toys to sanitize them
  • Scrub thoroughly
  • Rinse with water
  • Lay each toy out to dry


Prevention Is Key:

Here are some things to consider to avoid future mold problems.

  • While the bleach will kill any bacteria inside, this works much better as a preventive measure than a cleaning method. By cleaning the toys periodically from the beginning, mold can be avoided from the start.
  • After each use, squeeze the toys out completely to remove all of the water.
  • Store toys in an open area that allows them to dry completely between uses.
  • Avoid piling wet toys together in a bucket or basket as this limits the amount of air that can circulate, leaving the toys wet much longer than necessary. This extended period of moisture invites mold growth. 

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