Study uncovers the disgusting secret inside your kid's bath toys

Have endless amounts of your little one's bath toys lying around the house? Turns out they're farms for all kinds of gross microbes and you should get rid of them ASAP!

Researchers are erging all parents to throw away those cute, yet positively decieving, rubber ducky's due to the forests of bacteria and fungi that thrive in warn, humid bathrooms.

Rubber duck cut in half revealing mold infestation
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The research, published in the Nature journal Biofilms and Microbiomes, set out to determine exactly what is lurking in these microscopic communities, and what helps them flourish.

The scientific team cut open bath toys used in the real world, and identical bath toys that were used in a laboratory to simulate bathtime.

What they found is likely to compel parents to immediately toss everything in their bathrooms: the bath toys had anywhere from 5 million and 75 million bacteria cells per square centimetre on their inner surfaces.

Here's a tip, use containers and plastic cups as a healthier substitute. The opened compartments allows for proper air-flow, plus it's as easy as chucking it in the dishwasher when bath time is all done!