Tips to Clean Children’s Soft Toys



When a small kid is crying, the best way to calm down an irritated child is to give them a soft toy like a teddy bear, or a soft toy doll or any other soft toy. Many kids have a habit of sleeping with their favorite teddy bear. They can also play with these soft toys for the full day and also take them along wherever they go. This can make the toys dirty.

Here’s how you can keep their soft toys clean and germ-free.

Tip 1 – Washing in a machine or by hand
First, remove or brush off the dirt from the soft toys. Then, pack all the stuffed toys in a mesh bag and put them inside the washing machine. Program your washing machine in soft or gentle mode. Use cool water and do not dry in the washing machine. You can also wash by dipping the soft toys in cool water and detergent powder. Avoid washing toys which have non-removable batteries or have an electronic wiring.

Tip 2 – Remove stains and colour check
Even after washing, you might find some stains on the toys. In that case, you should soak the toy in detergent water for about an hour. Take a soft brush or toothbrush and gently rub it on the stain mark.
However, before washing the toys, do a color test. For this wash a corner of the toy to check if the color of the toy is bleeding (spreading).

Tip 3 – Delicate toys should be handled with extra care
If your kid takes the soft toys along with them everywhere or puts them inside their mouth, washing the soft toy is a must. Clean those using a wet cloth. Wipe with a dry cloth or clean with a vacuum cleaner.

Tip 4 – Take precautions before cleaning the toys
The fabric of some soft toys may tear when washed in a machine. So, always check the care label before washing. Also, let the toys get dried naturally. Comb them before giving them to children.

If the toy has lots of accumulated dirt on it, it is better to just discard it.

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