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Black Mold in bath toys

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4/25/07 2:35 P

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I uaually just through the moldy ones out. My son still puts toys in his mouth when he's teething so I don't want to risk him getting sick from them. I also squeeze out all the duckies, etc after each bath and put them in a hanging toy net so they can dry properly

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4/24/07 10:59 P

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I'll have to try the vinegar idea. We have the same basketball net w/ 3 balls and it's A's favorite bath toy.

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4/24/07 10:58 P

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The vinegar seems like a good idea to try to prevent it, but once there is any indication that mold is developing in there, I'd still throw them away! I am not neurotic about most things, but I really don't like the idea that you can't see what's really inside there. Ick!

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the vinegar is a good idea - thanks!

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4/22/07 10:56 P

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We have the same 3 basketballs w/net. I am so bummed! My boys love that toy. I guess its not worth the worry of mold though.

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4/22/07 10:39 P

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yea, i just noticed this in chloes toys too, i havent thrown them out yet, but she certainly isnt using them! i just put them to the side and was thinking i would use bleach.. but im prolly better off just throwing them out!

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4/22/07 10:34 P

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Eeew gross. This thread has made me want to go throw out half of our bath toys. Some of them are looking pretty slimey lately!
Thanks for the tip.

Edited by: DINOSAURMOMMY at: 4/22/2007 (22:34)

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4/22/07 6:42 P

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i heard ages ago to not have any bath toys with holes. really stinks because there are so many on the market now days.

i got a rubber ducky for a shower gift and just know that it won't really get used too long.

all our other bath toys are either solid or things like cups that are easily cleaned.

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4/22/07 9:28 A

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That happens periodically to the rubber duckies around here and I throw them out. There's no way to see what's inside. Once I discovered that, I always try to thoroughly squirt them out after each bath. However, the ones with just the tiny little hole eventually just get tossed here. The other ones can go in the dishwasher. Depending on what they're made of, maybe you can boil them.

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Ditch bath toys with holes.. Sure, you can and should squeeze water out of tub toys, hang them to dry in a netting bag and wash and disinfect them as above. But bath toys with holes can become a breeding ground for mold, so why not avoid them altogether?

My ds5 loves rubber ducks, so I just buy him the 79 cent ones at WalMart and throw them away when they start to get icky. In fact, he and my dd both got new rubber ducks from the Easter Bunny. :0)

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4/22/07 9:08 A

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So my son has the squirt toys for the bath. I try and squeeze all the water out when he is done. Lately this black mold has been squirting out of them and it is so gross. How do I prevent this and how do I get rid of it? Has anyone else experienced this?

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