What to Do When Your Stuffed Animals Go Dirty

dirty-stuffed-toyStuffed animals are every kid and kid-at-heart’s embodiment of a “cuddly wonder”, apart from pets that is. Because we all adore them, we tend to bring them around and have them for playtime round the clock. The thing is, all that is going to take its toll on the toy. They’ll get dirty and grimy eventually. It’s not the end of the world though because there are ways to reverse that. How so? Read on and find out.

  • Get your trusty wash cloth out of the bag.

Mild dirt can easily be removed with the help of a damp cloth. Take out some mild soap and water and use a clean cloth to rub off the grime from the toy. Make sure that you wring the cloth well to remove excess water. You want it damp and not dripping wet. Avoid a sponge at all costs too because it’ll drench the toy more than you’d want it to. This can also be done as a means to remove any stain prior to washing so that it doesn’t sit long and worsen.

  • Take them out for a well deserved bath.

Go rub-a-dub-dub with your stuffed animals! If they’re roundabout dirty and they need to get a full on cleaning then washing is the task you’re going to have to face. You have two options here. You can either do it by hand or by machine. In both cases, you’ll need lukewarm water and mild soap. No bleaching detergents or agents are allowed at all costs. Nor is heat as it can dull the colors and melt some parts (e.g. buttons, adhesives, and etcetera)

If you choose to wash by hand, you’re going to need a sponge this time or a soft bristled brush to rub away the grime and filth. As for a washing machine, you’ll need to place the stuffed toy inside a pillow case or mesh bag first to protect them and also to avoid any of their accessories from falling off into the washer and damaging its motor. Rinse well and dry without the heat of a blower, a dryer or the sun.

  • Get your fridge involved.

Yes, you’ve read that right. Your stuffed animals have a lot to thank your refrigerator, the freezer in particular. Should you find a bug infestation, you’ll have to un-stuff the toy, wash and res-tuff it. But before doing so, you’ll need to seal it inside a plastic bag and place it in the freezer for 2 days straight to kill the bugs and their eggs.

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