The other night after Huff the Hubs gave Huff the Babe a bath, he called me into the bathroom. “Look!” he said, disgusted, pointing to the bathtub. There were little black blobs floating in the water.
“What is that?!” I asked.
“I think its mold,” HtH replied.
I really hated to throw these away because HtB LURVES them SO much. Completely grossed out, I went to Pinterest to look for a way to clean up my kid’s bath toys. Evidently, this is not an uncommon thing. Thankfully, I found a pin that had some helpful tips:
Here’s what you need:
~A large bowl (or sink)
First, I looked for the toys that had the little holes that water could enter into. As you can see, the holes were black, indicating mold:
I filled my bathroom sink up with hot water and about 1/2 cup of vinegar (I cleaned the sink beforehand; very important) and dropped in the toys. I made sure to squeeze vinegar water into the toys and swish the mixture around to break up the mold:
I let the toys soak for about 2 hours and then rinsed them out. By the time I was finished with the toys, the water looked like this:
What was more disgusting was the fact that I could still SEE mold in the toys. I decided to pull no punches and grabbed the bleach. I soaked the toys again, in the kitchen sink, using a hot water and Clorox concoction. I soaked the toys for another hour and then rinsed them. Here’s what Hermione’s favorite unicorn puked up:
So. Flipping. Gross.
BUT, I am happy to report that Eunice the Unicorn had a shimmering white mouth AND we couldn’t see any buildup of mold through her belly–yay! The story was not the same, however, for one of the cupcakes. We could literally see the mold through the plastic. Huff the Hubs decided we should just call it and toss the tiny cake. I agreed, but asked that he cut it open first:
Try not to vomit.
After I rinsed and dried the other toys, I got the hot glue gun and closed up any of the squirter holes in the toys. Hopefully this will help keep the mold at bay. And, if all else fails, we’ll just toss the toys. Although that will make bath time a very dull affair.
Have you ever cleaned your kids’ bath toys? What did you do?