How to clean bath toys

Cleaning bath toys can be tricky. Read our guide of tips and tricks to help you out!

Updated 23 March 2023


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Bath toys are a great way to keep your little one occupied whilst you clean them. Fun, educational and a great way to distract them from having their hair washed, they’re basically an essential! But, how do you keep them clean? Read on to discover our best tips for cleaning bath toys!

The best way to clean bath toys, especially when it comes to preventing mould on bath toys, is to either scrub them clean with a little Cif or to submerge them in washing-up liquid regularly, for example at the end of every week. Remember to rinse and dry the toys thoroughly after cleaning them.

How to clean bath toys

Dunking bath toys in bath water certainly won’t rid your kids’ bath toys of germs and dirt. Instead, you need to find out how best to clean bath toys to keep them sanitary and safe for your children. Luckily, we’ve got just the thing!

Which cleaner to use?

In general, for most toys, we’d suggest something like Cif Cream. If you’ve run out of cleaner and need to go for a cupboard staple, vinegar can be a good option, though be warned of the strong and sometimes lingering smell it leaves. For some options, cleaning bath toys with bleach such as Domestos Multipurpose Bleach Spray can be a great way of thoroughly ridding toys of germs, but remember: it can strip colour!

Always be sure to rinse toys thoroughly after applying a cleaning product.

How to clean bath toys with holes

To clean bath toys with holes, soak the toy in your chosen solution and squeeze whilst it’s submerged. This’ll suck the solution into the holes. Bring the toy out of the water and squeeze again to empty the holes. Do the same with clean water to rinse all the solution out.

Cleaning bath toys made of sponge

For cleaning bath toys made of sponge, simply leave them to soak in your chosen cleaning solution. Vinegar is a great option for this as it’ll get rid of any mildew. It’s also natural and as sponges often end up in little one’s mouths, this can be a great, safe option.

Cleaning baby bath toys made of plastic

When it comes to the best way to clean bath toys made of plastic, use a solution of bleach and water and leave them to soak overnight. Then, rinse the toys thoroughly and give them a good wipe over.

If there are any little gaps, use a toothbrush whilst the toy is soaking to get out any dirt and grime.

Cleaning kids bath toys made of fabric

More often than not, you can simply chuck a kid’s toy made of fabric into the washing machine. If you’re worried about the toy being too delicate, simply hand-wash it with a gentle detergent like Persil Silk & Wool in cool water.

How to clean bath toys after poop accidents

Cleaning children’s bath toys after they’ve had an accident needs a little more care! Pop on a pair of rubber gloves and submerge the toy first in a bowl of water, using a cloth to scrub off any poop. Then, continue with cleaning as normal, using either Domestos Multipurpose Bleach Spray or Cif Cream to get rid of the germs.

How to clean bath toys covered in mould

To clean mouldy bath toys, we recommend either bleach or vinegar mixed with cold water. Submerge the toy in your chosen solution while wearing gloves and use a sponge specifically for this purpose to scrub at the stain after leaving the toy in the solution for a few hours. Always follow the instructions on the product label when using bleach, and remember to work in a well-ventilated area away from children and pets. 

  • Clean bath toys regularly with soap and water.

  • If dirt, grime or mould appears, decide on a suitable cleaner depending on the type of stain.

  • Use the cleaner safely following the usage instructions, rinse thoroughly with water and pat dry with a towel.

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