HOW TO CLEAN PLUSH TOYS
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Much like everything else in a kid's world, stuffed animals can double as perfect napkins. Between sleeping with them, dragging them around the yard, and wiping dirty faces and hands, the plush toys strewn about a child's room need a quick refresh every once in a while.
Depending on the care instructions on the tag, you'll need to decide whether to use a washing machine, hand wash, or spot clean your plush toys. Older or more delicate toys should not be thrown in the wash. Toys with built-in battery packs, mechanical parts, or metal should only be spot cleaned, as water will cause damage.
Some laundry detergents tend to contain chemicals that are too harsh for more delicate items. Simple Green Laundry Detergentuses plant-based surfactants and a smart enzyme system that's tough on dirt and stains but gentle on the skin and the environment. It's free of chlorine, optical brighteners, borax, and phosphates commonly found in other detergents, all of which can irritate the skin. It works perfectly in tandem with Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner to lift tough stains from your kids' favorite plush toys.
Clean stuffed animals weekly if your child sleeps with them. Otherwise, it's fine to clean them as needed when they look dirty or give off a smell. Wash your child's stuffed animals immediately after he or she has been sick.
When in doubt, always spot test the material first in a spot that won't be visible.
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