How to Wash Stuffed Toys
As much as they drag them everywhere, your kid’s stuffed toy will need washing now and then. You don’t want all the dirt and germs the stuffed toy accumulates from the ground to get in your kid’s mouth. Toss them with the dirty laundry for washing every few weeks. Here are the step by step instructions for the process:
Machine Washing the Stuffed Animal
1. Adding the Detergent
If you want your stuffed animal to have a thorough wash without the detergent spoiling it, go for an eco-friendly one that's not too harsh. Cleanpacs' detergents are the best for this purpose as they are made without using any of the harmful chemicals that are detrimental to the environment as well as the user's health. Make sure you add the detergent before doing anything else.
2. Add Cold Water
It is recommended to use cold water for washing your stuffed animals to prevent their color from fading away. You can use cool or warm water, but you need to stay clear of hot water as it can also dissolve the glue.
3. Choose the Gentlest Setting
Stuffed animals tend to be very delicate and can't tolerate the aggressive washing that even the normal setting gives. Go for the gentlest setting that's available on your washing machine.
4. Providing Extra Protection
If you think the stuffed animal won't even tolerate the gentlest setting and will need some extra protection, you can use a towel or small blankets to pad the washer's drum right after adding the detergent. If the shape and size of the stuffed animal allow it, they can even be put in a mesh laundry bag. Another alternative can be putting the stuffed animal in a zippered pillowcase to prevent any wear and tear.
5. Air Drying
Once the wash is done, let them air-dry by hanging or laying them flat. Just when they're about to be completely dried, you can use a hairdryer on its lowest setting to fluff up the fur. If you want the stuffed animal to dry immediately, you can give it a spin in the dryer on the gentlest setting in another mesh bag or pillowcase.
Hand-Washing the Stuffed Animal
1. Choosing the Right Place
You don't need to think of a suitable place if you're machine-washing your stuffed animals, but for a hand wash, you need to choose the right spot where you can easily bathe your friend without creating a mess. Your choices can be the kitchen sink, a bathtub, a utility sink, or even a washing bucket. The aim is to have a roomy place in which you can easily submerge your stuffed animal with enough space for your hands so that the water doesn't splash a lot.
2. Adding Water and the Detergent
Add cold or lukewarm water into the sink or bucket you've chosen, and submerge the stuffed animal in it. Try a mildly-scented laundry detergent for a fresh scent after you’re done washing. Add the detergent after the water. To make sure you don't add too much of the detergent, which will make the rinsing a hell, you can add only a teaspoon of the detergent at the start, and add a bit more if needed.
3. Scrubbing the Stuffed Animal
Once you've added water and detergent, and submerged your stuffed animal, it is ready for a nice session of scrubbing. You can always use your hands for this, but a cleaning brush will always be a better and more efficient option. Make sure you scrub gently, especially if your stuffed animal is old, as this might loosen any strings or damage the fabric.
4. Repeated Washing and Squeezing
With the first squeeze, the water that'll come out will be pretty gross to look at, especially if your stuffed animal hasn't had a bath in a long time. Keep submerging and squeezing it again and again so that all the dinge is released along with the soap.
Before you let your stuffed animal air dry, it is always better to dry them with a clean towel first. As it'll be dripping, hanging it on a clothing line in the sun where you air-dry the rest of your clothes can make things quite easy for you.
The tag on your kid’s stuffed animals can provide the extra hint you’ll need to get started with keeping these beloved toys clean. Ensure you’re regularly cleaning your child’s favorite toys, especially if your child is allergic, asthmatic, sick, or recently recovered from a disease.