Manky stuffed bunny no more! How to clean kids' soft toys

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When you think about it (which we try not to do so often), stuffed animals are super gross. They go EVERYWHERE with attached kids. They’re snuggled when sick, brought in the pram, taken to the beach, come along on public transport, the list goes on! And this can mean they end up looking a little sad, with stains all over the place.

So, what’s the best way to keep these companions looking fluffy, fine and fresh? Pop Sugar has shared two great ways to give Bunny (or Bear, or Unicorn, or whoever lives in your house) a makeover.

Washing machine method

  1. Pop Bunny into one of those mesh laundry bags you use for delicates. This will keep them protected from the tumbling of the cycle.
  2. Pop in the machine and select either the gentle or delicate cycle. The normal cycle will end up in a very misshaped Bunny.
  3. Do not use hot water! Either warm or cool.
  4. Once finished, relieve Bunny from the confines of the bag, then poke and prod until they look normal again.
  5. Hang Bunny up on the washing line with a standard peg and let air dry. The dryer is a no-go as it causes shrinkage (plus it would melt any little plastic bits).

Handwashing method

This way is much better for delicate toys.

  1. Fill up a large bowl with warm water and add a teaspoon of liquid dish soap. Mix to combine.
  2. Pop Bunny into the bowl and cover completely in the suds. Gently rub Bunny with your hands to remove any dirt build-up. For any particularly difficult stains, grab an old soft-bristled toothbrush to get in there.
  3. Rinse Bunny with warm or cool water, wring out excess water and pop on the clothes line to air dry.

Easy peasy! No more worrying about the diseases this inanimate member of the family might be carrying.