Hitting the headlines recently, Scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology found potentially harmful bacteria on 80% of bath toys. The worst affected were those with a water squirting hole: including our favourite yellow rubber ducks.
Many of us can’t imagine washing our bath toys, after all they have their own bath in clean soapy water, right?
The problem arises when the bathwater gets dirty and gets trapped inside the toy. Without being cleaned and, unable to dry properly, bacteria and fungi multiply.
19 bath-time toys were bisected, revealing filthy cavities where biofilms had been thriving in the warm, moist environment.
Should we be worried?
Micro organisms are not always to be worried about, after all we spend our whole day surrounded by thousands, if not millions, of them. Many species are essential to healthy life and some research has shown that a certain level of exposure helps to build the immune systems of young children.
However, when potentially harmful species are left to proliferate, bathroom playtime could be opening the door to eye, ear and even gastrointestinal infections.
Among other fungi and bacteria, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and legionella were identified on the toys: disease causing organisms!
Keeping bath-time clean
Ultimately, we don’t want to be giving our children a toy (that quite often ends up in their mouth) riddled with bacteria and fungi.
If you have got bath toys at home, we would suggest putting them through the dishwasher or boiling them after each bath. Most importantly, you should ensure that the toys are thoroughly dried before returning them to the tub.
Many reports have gone as far to advise that we avoid using bath toys all together. But where is the fun in that?
Save the rubber duck
Biomaster antimicrobial technology can be incorporated into children’s toys, becoming an integral part of the material.
The innovative silver-ion technology inhibits growth of bacteria between baths and provides product protection for lifetime of your rubber duck.
How do I know my toys are Biomaster protected?
Unless it carries the Biomaster Protected logo, you don’t, always ask before you buy your bath toys.
You can find a range of products using this technology on our Biomaster protected partners page.
Or, if you are looking to incorporate Biomaster into your range of childrens’ toys, why not get in contact with us and find out more.