I know, I'm the worst mom on the planet. I throw everything into the washer....on a super gentle cycle, if need be and everything turns out fine....including stuffed animals, bean bag pillows, etc. I wash them on warm and try it on low. The chenille things need to be washed gently and dried on low for aout 10 minutes and then pulled out to dry on their own, or not at all. If you dry them on medium, it balls the chenille up.