When bathing your kids in the tub, you’re thinking about getting the kids clean and then later the tub and surrounding floor.  Well, the toys that keep them company need just as much of cleaning to prevent the build-up and spread of bacteria. Which means rinsing them off isn’t enough.

Here are a few effective ways to get the job done.

Hot Glue: If any of the toys have small holes in them, there’s a very good chance mold is growing and spreading inside.  To keep water out, fill each hole with a dab of hot glue.

Dishwasher: You can use your dishwasher to sanitize hard plastic bath toys. Just remember not to combine toys with silverware and plates! At the same time, you can combine the toys with dirty flip flops along with hair-grooming items like brushes, elastics, and barrettes to the dishwasher for the cleaning of their lifetimes.

Vinegar: Bleach is a super hero of cleaners but can leave behind an unhealthy chemical residue. A safer alternative is to wash the bath toys with warm water and vinegar and use an old toothbrush to scrub away any grime.

Tiny Toys: Small toys can be placed in the dishwasher’s the basket. You also can soak them in the tub in hot water, just not during bath time.  Be sure to give them a good scrub and pat them dry.

Freeze it: Bath toys made of foam or wood or If any of your bath toys are best cleaned by placing them in freezer overnight to kill germs.

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