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Do you kids have a basket of bath toys? My kids do! When was the last time you really cleaned those toys out? Bath time doesn’t count! I’m sharing how we keep ours clean and mold free!
When it comes to kids bath toys and blocks (toy blocks could be considered bath toys in our home – they serve that dual purpose LOL), I used to never really think about cleaning them. Until one day I was playing with one the rubber ducky toys and when I sucked some water into that bottom hole and squeezed it out, black stuff squirted out of it! I was totally grossed out! Since the, I’ve developed a sort of monthly ritual to cleaning all the bath toys, plus a few ways to help prevent that mold from forming on the inside.
In addition to the bath toys, over the last two years I began to toss into this monthly cleaning ritual my kids’ toy blocks. They play with them all.the.time. and they get tossed into the bath often too! One day I was wiping a sticker off of a block and as I wiped it down with a baby wipe – the wipe was removing a lot of dirt! Made sense – they are constantly handled, and are constantly being dragged around the house.
When kids are little they have very little sense of personal hygiene when it comes to colds. If they have the sniffles or a runny nose, they just wipe it and keep handling whatever it is they are dealing with. They touch doorknobs, doors, toys, and everything with their little snot sticky hands.
Below you’ll find how I keep bath toys and toy blocks clean, and how I keep germs from spreading around our home – especially during cold season. These are the only three products you’ll need to do this. They are incredibly affordable, found at your local Walmart, and super easy to use! Plus, I love the scented ones because it adds a bit of extra to the process. I am a softie for anything that smells good! Takes me back to my childhood for some reason!
I remember when I was little (I grew up in Puerto Rico) I loved the big cleaning day in our home. Something about our Puerto Rican culture meant that the women in the home (along with the kids) deep cleaned everything in the house – from top to bottom, left to right, inside and out. It was a super busy day, usually on a Saturday, but I loved it.
One of those mundane ritual moments experienced in childhood that just sticks with you. We’d turn on some music, usually some great Salsa or Merengue – and just go to town getting the house clean, and disinfecting everything. So once a month I get to mentally walk down memory lane and remember those sweet moments spent with my mom doing this as a kid and I love it!
On to the tips!
First up: Cleaning bath toys and blocks
You can use Clorox for this, but be sure the toys you are cleaning can handle the Clorox. You would just use a small amount (about ½ cup per gallon of water), but still – make sure they can take it. Because of this I like to use Pine-Sol (the Lavender scent is amazing!). Pine-Sol is a great cleaner, deodorizer, and the scent is super fresh and clean!
I just fill up the tub between about a quarter to one half full, pour in about ¾ cup of Pine-Sol (I really just eyeball it), dump in the toys, and swish them around. I make sure the water is really warm to help the cleaning process along.
For toys like Mr. Rubber Ducky – or any toy that has these holes on the bottom, I like to squeeze and suck in the water/Pine-Sol and shake it around inside. Then I just squeeze all the water out and repeat a few times until I feel it’s clean. Two time should be sufficient.
Once I’ve let the toys soak for about 30 min, I rinse them off and lay them out to dry. If you can, lay them out in a sunny area to dry out. It was cloudy here when I last did this so I just placed them on a paper towel to drain, then transferred them onto a bath towel to dry over night.
Once they are all dry, or maybe you wold like to let them dry this way, just toss them all back into an open mesh basket to keep air flowing through them. I love storing bath toys in this basket because I can just scoop them all up, shake the basket a bit to get the water out, and let them dry out right there. No more leaving toys in the tub for all eternity! hehehe
*Tip: With the rubber duckies, squeeze some clean water into them and shake around after you’ve soaked them and done the previous steps. Repeat this about three times to make sure all the water/Pine-Sol solution is out of it.
Up Next: Disinfecting your home
Cold season brings a lot of germs into the house. Either by coming in contact with someone who is sick, getting sick ourselves, or simply by tracking in germs we pick up outside. In fact, this last one happens all the time. That’s why I don’t limit this tip to just cold season. In our home, we rarely get sick -and I think it’s owed to not just healthy nutrition and healthy living, but also to doing this several times a month.
Grab some of the Clorox Wipes (loving the lavender scent, can’t you tell?) and wipe down door knobs, book cases, tables, and surfaces. These are some of the most touched surfaces in the home, so the are super important to keep clean to help reduce germs and spreading colds.
The towelettes have a quilted like pattern and texture to them so they offer a bit of a scrub effect without damaging any surfaces. Clorox Disinfecting Wipes kills 99.9% of household bacteria in your home, so they are the perfect go-to for this important task! Plus the wipes make it SO easy to do! This is also a great way to get your kids involved with helping to clean around the house! My kids LOVE cleaning wipes! I managed to get them to clean their entire bathroom just by letting them use wipes like these.
I love to use these especially around my bathroom sink to keep it clean and germ free! I do this around all of our sinks several times a week. I try to remember daily but hey, busy mom life doesn’t always allow for that to happen! You know how it is!
Final tip: Use bleach to sanitize the bathroom
Bleach and its abilities are often neglected. I think people tend to shy away from it since it literally bleaches out anything! So I like to stick to using it in our bathrooms. When I clean our bathrooms I pour a little bit into out toilets and let it soak while I clean the rest of the bathroom. It disinfects and whitens our toilet perfectly. I love toilet bowl jells, but this is always something I go back to and use often to ensure our toilets are getting clean.
I also use a little bit of bleach in our shower. I mix ½ cup of bleach in one gallon of water. I spray it all over the shower, knobs, shower-head, and drain as a final touch after scrubbing it down. This ensures the shower is disinfected and super clean! Clorox Liquid Bleach kills 99.9% of germs which is essential to keeping a healthy home environment! We like baths around here and no one likes a dirty tub or shower when they go to hop in!
Tip: Use gloves when dealing with any cleaning solutions, but especially Clorox. It’s a strong cleaner and you don’t want your hands to get super dried out during the process!
I also regularly buy these Clorox reusable hand wipes. They are super affordable so when I feel they need to be tossed, I can easily pick up a new pack which brings several in them already. The hand wipes hare quilted and textured, so don’t let the thinness of them fool you! They are great are wiping down surfaces and scrubbing!
Have any toy cleaning tips or tips on disinfecting the home? Share them in the comments below!
You can find all three of the mentioned products – Clorox Liquid Bleach, Pine-Sol Lavender Scent, and Clorox Disinfecting Wipes Lavender Scent – at your local Walmart in the cleaning isles. Look for the “All Purpose Cleaners on the signs. :)