Cleaning bath toys without harsh chemicals

Little children love to put toys in their mouth, so the last thing you will want to do is spray them with nasty chemicals. However, as any parent knows, bath toys can get quite slimy if they are not cleaned regularly. I would often put bath toys into the dishwasher, but if you are worried that this may damage the toys, then the following trick is a great option. 


  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • 2 tbs Castile soap
  • 4 drops eucalyptus oil

Place all the toys on a towel on the floor. Spray them with an 80/20 vinegar/water mix and leave the vinegar spray all over the toys for a good 10 minutes.

The toys that have squeakers will often have mucky water floating about inside them. All you need to do is squeeze as much out as you can and then get some neat vinegar and squeeze the toy to suck the vinegar up into the body of the toy, and then slosh it about. Once done, squeeze out the vinegar and wash off in hot soapy water with a couple of drops of eucalyptus oil, and then thoroughly rinse in clean water.

Leave to dry in the sun (if you can) or on a clean dry towel in a well ventilated room. If this is done once a week the toys should stay slime-free. It is also quite a good idea after each bath to rinse the toys of any soap, and place them somewhere they can dry. Storing wet toys in a bucket is not a good idea as it will encourage the growth of mould.