Every 4-6 months, I clean my kids' bath toys because of a scummy buildup. After their evening bath, I soak all the toys in a mild solution of bleach water until the next afternoon (the bleach does not fade the toys).
Be sure to squeeze out the toys first (you may be amazed or disgusted at what comes out!), so the clean water can fill them. Sometimes they need a little brushing in the crevices with an old toothbrush. Rinse them in warm water, being sure to squeeze each toy again to remove the bleach water collected inside.
By Kelli from Sentani, Indonesia
It's a great tip to keep children's toys clean but please use distilled vinegar instead! Bleach is so harmful to all living beings on so many health levels and so harmful to the environment! Vinegar will safely clean and disinfect just as well as the bleach does without health consequences!
I am still going to give you a thumbs up for cleaning the children's toys idea but I am begging you, "No bleach anymore!"
Please do not leave water in the bathtub. There are many cases of children drowning because they were tempted by their toys that were in the tub. Please don't make the same mistake a young mother made in our community. Check the bleach bottle for specific disinfecting instructions. Again, water left unattended is very dangerous.
If you must use bleach, please take this into consideration. One tablespoon of bleach in five gallons of water will disinfect anything in 20 minutes. So it is not necessary to use much bleach and you do not have to soak the toys very long.
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