Just about every toy had fecal matter, staph and e. coli bacteria, especially those squirtie toys with holes that provide the perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
The other issue was PVC in a lot of the bath toys which children then put in their mouths. Safe Mama has a few alternatives to suggest, including the line from Boon Toys which we've highlighted in the past here.
As far as keeping the toys clean, she suggests:
• Air-drying them and storing them away from the toilet
• Washing them with soap and water or in the dishwasher
• Simply avoiding toys with the holes in them
This all sounds pretty common sense to us. We have a few of the Boon toys and a few pvc-free squirties and we always wash them off after each bath and then air-dry them. Our daughter's favorite toys for the bath are just simple stacking cups with holes in the bottom. Disinfecting the tub often is also a part of our regimen.
Still, these are good tips and important to be aware of. Find the complete article and the link to a video from the Today Show here.