Prevention is obviously, as always, better than cure. If you dry them after every bath and clean them regularly they will be less likely to get grimy or mouldy. Easier said than done though, right. Try to use toys in the bath that are non porous and easy to clean. You could use a glue gun and seal up holes in any squirty toys to stop them getting water in them in the first place, but then they wont be as much fun.
Here are some cleaning tips for bath toys:
- For regular washing you can mix warm water and detergent, and wash and rinse and then dry them in the sun. You could put them in a mesh washing bag to dry.
- When toys are really dirty, try soaking them in a nappy soaker like napisan. This is great for the squirty toys as it gets inside them and breaks down the gunk (squirting out the gunk is quite satisfying).
- Pots and other hard plastic toys can be put through a cycle in the dishwasher after washing or soaking them in napisan.
- If your toys can not suitable to go in the dishwasher, put them into a mesh bag (after they have been cleaned and soaked) and chuck them in your washing machine with a load of towels. This worked brilliantly for foam bath letters/numbers (I also do this for the shower curtain).
- Wipe them clean with a clean cloth and dry them out in the sun inside a mesh bag.
- Or, clean and dry toys, then place them in a mixture of three parts hot water and one part vinegar, and soak for at least 10 minutes. Wipe/dry well.
- Or, put your toys in the dishwasher with a small amount of vinegar (a couple of cap fulls, or a 1/4 cup) in the soap dispenser and put it through a normal cycle. Dry well with a clean tea towel if necessary.
- Put all the toys into a bucket with some baking soda. This cleans them up nicely, although sometimes they need a wipe down afterwards, but it is super easy.