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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Cleaning Stuffed Toys

Kids get their first stuffed toy at birth and sometimes it follows them through most of their lives. If you’re a Mom now; who might still have your favorite stuff toy, you know how dirty they can get.

Now that you’re older and see your young children chewing on a stuffed toy, you might think after awhile, “Gross. This needs to be cleaned.” All that dust and drool and who knows what, it must have germs galore! But maybe you’re not sure how to do it.

Before cleaning any stuffed toys, read the label for any special care instructions.

Cleaning Washable Toys

Many of the stuffed toys made for babies and young children today can be washed and dried. Even if the label states washing Is OK but you’re hesitant, put the toy in a pillowcase first for a little added protection.

Cleaning Non-Washable Toys

When stuffed animals and other toys can’t be washed or immersed in water, here are a few things you can try.

  • When you’re cleaning house and vacuuming the kid’s room, use the hose attachment and run it over the toy. This will help to remove dust and whatever else the stuffed toy may have picked up from being dragged across the floor.
  • Another thing to try is giving the stuffed toy a sponge bath. This can be done when you’re giving the kids a bath. Take a damp sponge and wipe down the animals to remove dust, drool, and the unknown bits and pieces of – something. When you’re done you can either use a hair dryer or throw it in a low heat dryer with a fresh smelling dryer sheet.
  • If the toy is special and can’t be washed or put in the dryer, put a little dishsoap in a container and add water (you will only be using the bubbles). Take a wet cloth and dip it in the bubbles and spot clean.

Keeping the kids stuffed toys clean is healthier for them. It’s worth the effort.

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