Wednesday, 10 April 2013
Cleaning Stuffed Toys
Cleaning Stuffed Toys
If you’ve got kids, those toys are loved and get dirty fast.
It seems like one day, your toddler has a few stuffed friends and the next their room is overrun with a stuffed toy menagerie. Most kids have at least one or two special stuffed toys for naps, trips in the car, or just to join them in tea parties or conquering imaginary lands.
What you might not realize is that these toys can harbor dust and dust mites that contribute to allergies and asthma. In addition, the most loved stuffed toys; you know, the ones that get drooled on, slept with and just basically dragged around the house, can be a veritable petri dish of germs and dirt.
If you can remove the dust and germs from their favorite snugly toys, you are giving them a gift of health even if they don’t suffer with allergies and asthma.
So, how can you get their best friends clean and ready for some serious play? Let’s start with the basics. The first line of defense when keeping stuffed toys clean is to read the instructions on the toy.
Many stuffed toys that are made specifically for babies can be thrown in the washer and dryer.
If you can put the stuffed toy in the washer and dryer, put it into a pillowcase first.
This will give it a little more of a gentle ride through the washing process.
With the furry friends that can’t be put into the washer, the process of cleaning is a little different. Most furry stuffed toys can’t be immersed in water and contain a great deal of synthetic materials that wouldn’t make it through the washing machine. For these non-washable stuffed animals and toys here are a few things you can try.
Your handheld vacuum is your best friend when it comes to getting stuffed toys clean. Every time you vacuum your kid’s room, you can take the handle attachment of the machine and run it over the fur of the stuffed animals. This is the easiest way to get out most of the dust that collects in these little critters.
You can actually get your kids involved in this one and make it fun. Take a damp sponge and wipe down each stuffed animal to get the dust from their fur. You can then send them for a spin in the dryer (set on low) with a good smelling dryer sheet to freshen them up.
If you find a spot on the stuffed toy and can’t throw it in the washer and dryer, you can take a wet cloth with a little diluted dish soap and clean the spot. This can be especially good for food or drink spots.
Keeping your child’s stuffed toys clean and dust free is a great way to keep them healthy and free from as many allergens as possible. It can feel like a losing battle sometimes, but it’s worth the effort and it’s also a great way to get your kids involved in cleaning and taking care of their things.