C.G. asks from Lake Ariel, PA on March 21, 2009
Washing a Stuffed Animal
Hi Everyone, my 17 month old son has declared a little brown lion his "lovey". Mr. Lion is in need of a cleaning. He is starting to get crispy and I need some ideas on how to clean him. If I put him in the washing machine will it fall apart or become disfigured? I was thinking about putting him in a pillow case on the hand wash cycle but NOTHING can happened to my little boys sleeping buddy. Any ideas would be great!
So What Happened?™
First I want to thank everyone for all of the GREAT advice. I placed Mr. Lion in a pillow case with the rest of my son's laundry and put him the dryer and he came out beautiful. His lovey looks brand new and my son did even know that I cleaned him. So thanks everyone for all of your great advice and support.
B.B. answers from Pittsburgh on March 22, 2009
My daughter is 3 1/2 and has a stuffed lamb as her "lovey".
I have washed it in a pillow case quite a few times and it
comes clean but nothing like brand new. I resorted to hunting down another stuffed animal lamb for her in case the one she has would fall apart. I found one on ebay.
J.S. answers from Harrisburg on March 22, 2009
K.M. answers from Philadelphia on March 22, 2009
I always wash my children's stuffed animals in a pillow case and it has worked very well. I would try to wash it on a day where you can dry it outside though. You can't put it in the dryer, so the tricky part is washing it and having dry for bedtime and naptime!
J.B. answers from Pittsburgh on March 22, 2009
My son has a snowman. He is 7 and still sleeps with this snowman. It was looking like you know dirty snow like the stuff that falls off the bottom of your vehicle. Last week my son had the flu and vomited in is bed and on snowman. I put him (look we say him instead of it when referring to snowman) anyway I put him in this net thing that is supposed to be for washing delicates and I washed him on gentle cycle and hung him to dry. He looks great and thank God he didn't fall apart. Good Luck
R.W. answers from Philadelphia on March 23, 2009
I have the same problem w/ my son's Curious George stuffed animal! I do wash it, just thrown into the mix, not in a pillow case and he comes out fine! I do not dry him, simply because that would take longer and my son would freak about him being away that long. LOL You should be fine, but if you're super concerned, throw the lion in a pillow case. Good luck!
F.B. answers from Harrisburg on March 21, 2009
When I wash my kids stuffed toys, I place them in a pillowcase that is tied shut. Then I place in the washing machine and dryer on the normal settings. I have never had any of the toys damaged or disfigured from the washing.
J.C. answers from Philadelphia on March 21, 2009
Depending on the quality of the toy it should be fine in the washer but if he has a mane it will most likely get matted.
You can try to hand wash it or also put it in a bag with baking soda and shake it. The baking soda will help get the dirt off of the toy.
J.R. answers from Philadelphia on March 22, 2009
Is there washing instructions on the tag? If so, I would follow those. If not, a lingere bag with a zipper and the gentle cycle on hot works fine. I have put animals through the dryer without problems. One other thing I would recommend...get a back up just in case!! Since he is so little you should still be able to find the same toy. My son left his at daycare over a long weekend once and I thought one or both of us would loose our minds. I purchased an identical one the very next time I saw one, and washed them both. Occassionally substitue one for the other so that they smell the same.
J.C. answers from York on March 22, 2009
First off, this is his security! Wash after he is in bed and fast asleep!
These attachments come and go. But do not throw anything away! You may be sorry for it later!
I think the whole thing is normal. They let them go in their own time.
J.S. answers from Harrisburg on March 22, 2009
Hi C.! I would give Mr. Lion a little bath in a basin by hand with cool water and woolite or something else as gentle as that. Then, I would blot him dry with a bath towel. That's how I take care of my daughter's "kissy bear".
C.H. answers from Philadelphia on March 22, 2009
Aww, that's so cute! I've successfully washed all of my little one's stuffed animals and they've all turned out just fine. We have a Golden Retriever who constantly puts them in his mouth, so they get washed a lot. I never dry them in the dryer though. I think his lovey will be ok. :)
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