Here are ways to clean your children’s beloved stuffed toys

When you learn that your child has asthma, one of the first things you take away from them is their stuffed animals. But wouldn’t that be the worst thing to do to a child, to take away his favorite stuffed animal?


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Stuffed toys collect dust and germs easily which then can cause infection and trigger asthma. Just as kids love stuffed animals, dust mites love living in them too. But don’t deprive the children of having these toys, as numerous studies show that they can help develop their social skills. Instead of hiding them in boxes, follow these hacks to getting dust-free stuffed animals and happy children.

Vacuum the stuffed animals.

Vacuuming stuffed animals

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Vacuuming the toys will suction the pesky dust mites living in their fur. This is great for bigger sized delicate types. Place the toys in a clean garbage bag, put the nozzle at the bag opening, and lock it with your free hand. Turn the vacuum on to suck all the dust and dust mites out.

Wash them.

In the washer

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Washing should be done at least twice a week. Wash the toys in hot water but don’t forget to place them in a pillowcase or a delicates wash bag. After the wash cycle, place the toys in the dryer on high heat for at least 45 minutes.

Stuffed animal clothesline

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For stuffed toys that can’t be cleaned in the washing machine, you may use mild detergent and clean water and thoroughly scrub the exterior. Wash off the detergent using tap water and let them air dry or dry them in the sun.

Freeze them.


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Once the toys are dry, place them in a clean plastic bag in the freezer for 24 hours. Freezing can kill the stray dust mites. Spritz the toys with a disinfectant spray and wipe with a damp clean cloth to sanitize completely.

Other tips

Before sanitizing the toys, make sure to read the washing or cleaning instructions. You don’t want the dryer to blow up just because you didn’t read the cleaning instructions of a flammable toy. It’s also best to work on two-three toys at a time, so the children won’t feel too lonely.

Good luck with the cleaning!


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