Last year my amazing para and I spent days (days, people!) washing all of our math manipulatives and other toys in soapy water and letting them dry. It was a ridiculously long process, and the whole time I kept thinking to myself "There HAS to be a better way to do this!" Well, thanks to blogland, there is!
Just zip up whatever little items were in your kids mouths/hands/pants in some heavy duty lingerie bags (mine were $1.99 each at Target) and wash away!
After the first run through I got a little more creative by using colanders, a steamer basket and the silverware basket, too! I ran a light cycle with heated dry, then let them air dry overnight. I left them right in the bags to dry when possible, which made transporting them back to school super easy.
All nice and clean!