Parents would have seen the pictures of a cut rubber duck with the grey and black spots making it rounds online. It’s also quite devious seeing a cute rubber ducky hiding mold. Having mold grow anywhere in the house is not safe for children and the household because it can cause illness and sometimes even death.
Here’s how to ensure the rubber toys such as bath toys are kept mold-free!
1. Prevention is always better
A way to prevent rubber duckies or any rubber toys from growing mold after being dunked in water is to plug up the holes. This is so no water can get inside. To cover the hole, use a hot glue gun and smoothen a small dollop over it. Parents may want to check the covered hole from time to time to make sure it’s not loosened.
2. Cut a bigger hole
By cutting a bigger hole, it allows water to drain and air out the toys better. It is also easier to clean with tissues or cotton swabs if the finger can get in.
3. Boiling it
The toy can be boiled in plain water or mixed with equal parts of white vinegar. For a long soak, dilute ½ to 1 cup of white vinegar or bleach solution in a gallon of water, but never both together. The toys can be soaked for an hour up to overnight.
4. Soak in hot water with dish soap and vinegar
Martha Stewart recommends a weekly cleaning of bath toys in one part hot water, one part distilled vinegar and a few drops of dish soap. Soak the toys for about 10 minutes and use an old toothbrush to scrub if necessary.
5. Soak it in vinegar or bleach
If it’s too late and there is already some mold growth, soak it in vinegar or bleach with equal parts of water. Another way to use distilled vinegar is to squeeze it to suck up the solution and leave it overnight. Bleach should be used as a last resort but if it still doesn’t work, it’s perhaps safer to get a new toy.
Extra tip: To remove the cleaning product residue such as bleach, soak it in water or wash it once more using the dishwasher.
What other ways do you use to prevent the growth of mold? Let us know in the comments!