Rubber duckies getting moldy? Little boats getting soap-scummy? Don’t want to use harsh chemicals? Here’s how to get tub toys clean naturally!
I probably should have done this a long time ago. And probably more than once. Thing is, it never really occurred to me that I’d *have* to clean K’s tub toys. They live in the bathtub, for heaven’s sake – they’re only ever in contact with clean bath water and soap.
Silly me. Mold doesn’t care if water is clean or not – and soap makes soap scum. Really, I should have realized the day was coming.
However, I found myself staring down this very yucky ducky, not sure how to de-yuck him.
Look at that! Gross! And if K squeezed it, some of that black stuff came out, making little floaties in the tub water. What could I do? Just forbid her to squeeze that ducky and only the other ones? Nope. Time to clean those little guys.
How To Get Tub Toys Clean:
- Fill your sink with hot, soapy water – and some vinegar.
- Soak all the toys – and squeeze the duckies under the water to fill them with the mixture. For the yucky duckies, I recommend filling them, shaking the heck out of them, and then squirting the contents down the drain a few times. It loosens a lot of the gross stuff!
- Scrub, squeeze, and otherwise clean the scum off those toys.
That should get them clean! For stubborn ducky-grime, you may need to fill them up and leave them overnight. Also, I got impatient with trying to scrub every single foam letter – and at the time, I was still pregnant, which meant I didn’t care for standing in one spot too long - so I wound up just throwing all the foam letters in the washing machine. I washed them on “hot,” using dish soap instead of detergent.
That works, too.