4 Ways to Clean & Sanitize Plush Toys
Under the current environment it is important to be extra diligent about keep our children's toys clean. This is also important for children that have underlying heath conditions, such as asthma and allergies. Unfortunately, there are many plush toys say that they are surface washable only. Leaving us with the question how can I clean and sanitize these stuffed animals?
I put together 4 easy ways to get any plush item clean and sanitized.
1.) STEAM CLEAN them with a hand held steam cleaner - high heat helps kill germs without damaging the plush. This works particularly well, if you have battery operated plush. Let them air dry.
2.) DISINFECT SPRAY - this by far is the quickest way. However, be advised that some toys & plush may have dye printed components can wipe off when using this product. I've had it happen, on certain eyes of plush for example.
3.) HAND-WASH MACHINE CYCLE - sometimes you really need to get out stains or smells, plus all those germs. Place non-battery operated plush in a pillow case and tie off with a fabric cord or ribbon. This will help protect plastic components on your toy. Put on a hand-wash, delicate, or gentle cycle with minimal spin. Once clean I place directly in the dryer (pillow case & all) on a super low heat (just above air). If they are still damp you can dry again or let the remaining air dry.
4.) SURFACE CLEAN - we have found the best way to work on spot or surface clean certain plush is to use Dawn soap. It is far better than any other soap cleaner. If its a single spot an old toothbrush can work magic. Otherwise a damp soapy cloth with do the trick. Then "rinse" with a non-soapy rag. Let the plush air dry. I have used all of these at various times and depending upon the stuffed toy I am working with.
Do you have other ways of cleaning stuffed animals? If so please tell me in the comments below.