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Welcome xliddobunnyx. You have gotten good advice about the bathing and litter training thing.
I just have some extra things to add:
So are they getting dirty because they sit in the litterbox and eat? It is natural for bunnies to eat while they poop. Are most of their poops soft and mushy which then gets all over the feet and behind? If so, they could be having a diet issue.
What you can try to do to keep their behinds and feet clean is put hay in the box. They can sit on the hay and poop, and many times the their little poops will fall through the hay, and help keep their feet clean. You can also easily remove messy hay and replace it with fresh hay. You may have to do that several times a day.
I have seen many babies, and do understand how they can be messy, but I've never seen it so bad that a bath would be required everyday. So, I am wondering if they are experiencing stomach upsets that would cause them to be extra messy.
I LOVE you Poopy...right to the point..."NO".
Please remember that animals have special oils and skin stuff (sorry I'm drawing alot of blanks right now) and each time you bathe them, they lose the conditioners (that's the word) that they need. Don't bathe them often and NEVER blow dry your pets!!!! At the animal ER, many pets came in w/ 2nd and 3rd degree burns from blow dryers and cage dryers (the ones groomers use).
I recommend using homemade butt wipes for your bunns. Bunnies do really well w/ just water for clean up. Double check if you can use pet tushie wipes (I use those for my obese cats).
Again...Binky's oh so right....please sex your bunnies. Our childhood bunnies were supposedly 2 girls, until one gave birth. I've seen this happen sooo many times and unfortunately this is one of the reasons people dump their bunnies.
I got this info from the house rabbit website
Mineral Oil and Cotton Swabs - used for keeping those smelly scent glands clean as a whistle.
Chlorhexidine-type Solution - for wound flushing. Chlorhexidine can also be used to soften and remove droppings stuck to bun's butt at bunny butt bathing time. Can be purchased through your local vet or through the mail from a pet supply catalog.
I've made tushie wipes by mixed mineral oil and warm water.