Washing Stuffed Animals

washer bag for stuffed animals

Cleaning your kids' stuffed animals isn't always as easy as popping them in the washing machine. Even those that are machine washable can suffer consequences from the cleaning process. A new bag from Teddy Needs a Bath lets you wash and dry stuffed toys with less misshaping, snagging and mildew!

Why Wash Stuffed Animals?

Why wash teddy bears and other stuffed toys? It is more important than you might think. Not only do they get grungy when they are well-loved, but teddy bears and other beloved plush pals are often a hidden and forgotten source of dust mites. While most people wouldn't think of leaving bedding unwashed, some stuffed bedtime companions may go months or years without a bath.

Removing Dust Mites

Dust mites are tiny organisms, present in carpet, upholstery and bedding. While they are not inherently harmful, their waste is an allergen that bothers many people, especially children and those with asthma. Dust mites are commonly harbored in stuffed animals and their waste builds up over years.

The best way to remove dust mites and their waste is to wash items in hot water. For those items that can't be washed, a hot dryer cycle will kill live dust mites and keep the problem at bay; however, it won't remove any waste previously left by mites.

Teddy Needs a Bath Bags: A Trial Run

As anyone who has washed stuffed toys knows, it is very common for the stuffing to get bunched up, for the fur to get matted and other mishaps. Teddy Needs a Bath promises to eliminate these problems. The large 100% cotton wash and dry bag zips closed with a plastic zipper to protect beloved toys. The soft bag protects the toys while allowing them to get fully cleaned and dried.

In a home test of the bag, a beloved stuffed pooh bear went for a ride in the large bag through both the washer and dryer. He not only looks great, but he smells better than he has in years! Of course, you'll want to exercise caution with any toys that are not machine washable, but it may be worth the risk to have truly clean stuffed buddies. Many people report using the product on "surface washable" animals with great success. The bags would be good for laundering delicate washable pillows and other items as well.

Availability

Developed by a California mom, the bags (available in two roomy sizes) are available at drugstore.com and BabiesRUs.com for about $15. Online reviews of the bags are quite positive, with people indicating they are using them to wash a variety of their kids' and dogs' toys! While it is possible to get stuffed animals clean without this product, it sure aids the process.

Note: Teddy Needs a Bath provided one product for review to LoveToKnow.

Washing Stuffed Animals