The Goose’s best friend is a stuffed monkey named Monkey Max. Monkey Max goes with us everywhere – to church, to the movies, and sometimes he even goes to school!
As you can imagine, Monkey Max’s escapades, while fun, cause him to get dirty. Really, really dirty. That poor monkey has been dragged through mud puddles, has had play dough mashed in his fur, and has been thrown up on more then once. Because of this, I am a pro when it comes to gently (and safely) washing stuffed animals.
Washing stuffed animals can be a bit daunting – especially if the stuffed animal happens to be the one thing that your child needs in order to go to sleep at night. Rest assured – this fail proof method for washing stuffed animals is safe and easy.
To wash a stuffed animal, all you need to do is put it inside a pillowcase, making sure to tie off the end so that the animal doesn’t escape while in the washing machine! (You can also put the pillow case inside a lingerie bag before placing it in the washer.)
Wash the stuffed animal on the gentle cycle, using cold water and a very small amount of detergent. (Use about half of the detergent recommended for a small load). I also recommend skipping the liquid fabric softener, as too much detergent and fabric softener can cause the fabric to take on a greasy feel.
Dry the stuffed animal (still inside the pillow case) on the lowest heat setting available. When drying add a few tennis balls or dryer balls, which will tumble along with the animal, helping to keep the stuffing inside the animal from bunching up and becoming lumpy.