I thought that we were safe from mold and mildew in our bath toys because I clean them regularly (er…somewhat regularly)with vinegar, squeeze them out after every use, and store them in plastic mesh baskets thing that allows for plenty of air circulation.
But a few nights ago I was bathing one of the twins when the light caught the ducky at just the right angle and I could see that there were some dark spots inside the ducky.
So I cut it open. And then I snapped a picture because I was fascinated and because I thought I’d share it with all of you, just in case you were wondering what bath water does to a poor rubber ducky. What’s that? You were wondering? See, I knew it.
Ick. Ewww. Yuck!
My solution? No more rubber duckies. I could clean them with bleach or just keep replacing them, but neither of those options fits well within my desire to nurture a less wasteful and toxic home life. So instead my kids will play with plastic cups and washcloths and empty shampoo bottles.
Another solution I read about is that you can seal up the hole in the bottom of a new (and therefore, yet unmoldy) rubber ducky with a dab of hot glue. It seems to me that would work, but also take all the fun out of being able to squirt water out of the bottom of the ducky!
Every time I see that picture I shudder a little. Now excuse me while I try not to wonder how long my kids have been squirting moldy water at each other during bath time. Ick.