For many kids, bath time is one of the best times of the day. Sure, as adults we like baths, too, but imagine being 1/4 the size you are now. That bathtub practically turns into a swimming pool, and that’s not even considering all the toys you get to play with in that fun-filled water land. Sure, you might have splashed water all over the floor, but we let mom take care of that.
What many parents aren’t aware of is the risk kids run by playing with aquatic toys. Most parents are conscientious of mold growth in the shower and tub, and get that taken care of right away. But mold in the bath toys? This usually isn’t considered.
However, any item that is constantly getting wet and drying is at risk for some serious mold growth. In this blog, we’ll talk about how to prevent mold growth in bath toys, as well as how to get rid of it if you have already noticed the mold growth.
How to Prevent Mold Growth in Kids’ Bath Toys:
Aside from drying out the toys completely between baths, there’s not a whole lot you can do. If the toys have holes in them that squirt water, you might consider using hot glue to fill the holes. It might make bath time just 0.01% less fun, but mold can easily form anywhere that water is allowed to sit.
How to Get Rid of Mold in Kids’ Bath Toys:
First, give all the bath toys a good scrub with hot soap and water. Following that, put any of the dishwasher safe toys in the dishwasher. For the toys that aren’t dishwasher safe, put them in a container of hot water and 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Repeat the process 2-3 times if necessary. If the mold problem still persists, you may have to throw away the toys. The last thing you want to do is allow children to continue playing with them, as mold can be extremely harmful to their health (see our previous blog on the symptoms of mold exposure).
Mold in bath toys is a problem that can be taken care of fairly easily. However, when mold decides to colonize key parts of your home, it can be a huge problem. A bit of vinegar can get mold off of toys, but there are no remedies available to the public that will completely remove household mold.
At Mold Inspection Illinois, we’ll inspect your home for free, then refer you to a company that uses commercial mold removal products that can only be obtained with a commercial license. This is the only surefire way to get rid of the mold in your home. We still have many appointments available before the new year. Call us today!Tags: bathroom mold, free illinois mold inspection, household mold, mold in bath toys, mold remediation, mold removal