In the habit of tossing your kids bath toys when they get mildewy? Save some cash by cleaning them instead.
What You Do:
Fill a sink or a bucket with warm water. Then, add 1/2 cup of vinegar for each gallon of water used (approximations are fine). Toss all the bath toys in. If there are toys with squirters or holes, give them a squeeze to fill them up with the vinegar-water solution. Then, let everything sit for a while.
Come back, and scrub all the toys down. Then, squeeze all the water (and gunk) out of each toy. Repeat the process, if you found a lot of mildew in the toys. Finish by towel-drying everything and setting the toys out to air dry.
Why This Works:
Vinegar contains acetic-acid, which kills mildew and germs and blasts through soap scum.
How to Keep Bath Toys from Mildewing
Take a minute to squeeze the water out of bath toys after each use. Then, dry them off with a towel, and allow them to air-dry before you put them away.
When you get new bath toys, apply a bead of caulk to any hole, so water won’t be able to get inside. Use the rest of the caulk to touch up your tub or shower.