How to Get Tub Toys Clean: Rubber Ducky 911

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!

how to get tub toys clean

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.

how to clean tub toys naturally

Eeeeew. See the black stuff? That’s INSIDE.

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:

  1. Fill your sink with hot, soapy water – and some vinegar.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.

Jaime W. (461 Posts)

Jaime is a Christian, a wife, a mom, a writer, an illustrator, and an aspiring homesteader. She loves trying to find new ways to save money and resources--but also save her time, so she can spend as much as possible with her family! !

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  1. I could have used this when my kids were little! I can’t tell you how many tub toys we just tossed b/c I thought they were ruined for good.

  2. Great idea! Ours aren’t too grimy yet but I will keep this in mind.

  3. We’ve struggled with this for years. The kids love the foam letters and rubber duckies but the black stuff is not good.

  4. This is now on my to do list for this week! Thanks for the tips!

  5. My tub toys could use a good scrubbing! Thanks for the jump start:)

  6. Kate S. says:

    Putting a dab of hot glue (or super glue possibly) seals out the water and keeps all that yuck from happening inside!

  7. Great website. Plenty of helpful information here.

    I am sending it to a few pals ans also sharing in delicious.
    And certainly, thank you to your sweat!

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