The toys in our bathtub were a constant irritation to me. I saw this idea on Pinterest and it's genius! All you need is a shower curtain rod, shower curtain rings and a basket or two. Simply loop the rings around the holes of a plastic basket (I found these at the dollar store). You can loop as many as you like, but I just used one for each side. Then slide the baskets onto the shower curtain rod. Place the rod along the bathtub, within the kid's reach. You could even lift it up higher when not in use.
Another wonderful thing I should have known about decades ago!
We keep a plastic bucket next to the bathtub for all the bath toys. This makes for easy clean-up and frees the tub area for adult showers and bubble baths - no nets of toys hanging above you or covered metal across the tub racks to fight with. It works and it's frugal.
By Marie from West Dundee, IL
I eliminated any duckie type toys that hold water that you can't get easily out. A little squirt bottle makes a great bathtub toy. I also gather the toys once a month and run them through the dishwasher to clean and sanitize them.
I also use a bucket....I bought a package of those nylon mesh body scrubbers from the dollar store and keep 5 of them in the bottom of the bucket so the toys "self-drain" when tossed in on top of the scrubbers....once a week, I put everything, including the scrubbers, into a mesh lingerie bag and toss it into my washing machine, with the towels, on HOT....cleans everything and there is no musty, mouldy smell.....rinse the bucket with dish soap and hot water and you are ready for another week's bath play!! And I have banned ALL toys with holes in them...they are impossible to clean!!