How to Clean Rubber Toys

Clean and sanitize your child's rubber ducky on a regular basis.
Clean and sanitize your child's rubber ducky on a regular basis. (Image: rubber duck in bubbles image by Karin Lau from Fotolia.com)

Keeping your children's rubber bath toys clean is important as they could become a breeding ground for mold, germs and bacteria. Although the toys, such as rubber duckies and fish, are dunked in soapy bathwater on a daily basis, they can still become unsanitary if not properly cared for. Keeping rubber toys clean and sanitary is more eco-friendly than simply throwing them out when they get dirty. Put sanitizing rubber toys on your weekly housecleaning list so you don't forget the important chore.

Things You'll Need

  • Absorbent towel
  • Dishwasher with soap
  • Tub or large bucket
  • White distilled vinegar
  • Small scrub brush (optional)

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Squeeze the water out of rubber bath toys after each use. Rinse the toys with clean water and allow them to air-dry on a dry, absorbent towel.

Clean the rubber toys in a dishwasher once a week. Run the dishwasher on a normal cycle with soap to remove any bacteria from the toys.

Soak the rubber toys in a deep-cleaning vinegar solution once every two weeks. Fill your tub or a large bucket with three parts hot water and one part white distilled vinegar.

Allow the rubber toys to soak in the vinegar solution for at least 10 minutes; soak them longer if they are really dirty or moldy. Scrub any areas with built-up dirt or bacteria with a small scrub brush. Rinse the toys with clean water and allow them to air-dry.

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