How to sanitize your kid’s stuffed animals
Children’s toys are their most beloved possessions. They play with them, sleep with them and get tossed around, meaning they could be hiding dirt, germs, allergens and grime. If you can’t remember the last time you gave your kid’s toys a nice wash, then it could be time for you to do it.
Don’t worry, here’s a small guide to help you get their precious stuffed animals sanitized and germ-free!
Check washing instructions
Machine-washing the toy is always the best option, as it ensures getting rid of germs and bacteria more than a hand wash. Not all stuffed animals can be put in the washing machine though, for example if they present plastic buttons or cotton batting. A good practice is to avoid removing the toy’s washing label or store it somewhere. Some washing machines like the H-WASH 500 allowyou to take a picture of it and save it in the dedicated app so you always have it to hand when you need it.
Prepare it for the washing
First of all, we suggest vacuuming the stuffed animal to remove dust and pre-treat it in case of difficult stains. Then, place it inside of a mesh laundry bag to protect it during the wash. Ifavailable, use the sanitizing setting on your washing machine to make sure all germs are defeated. Alternatively, you can choose a delicate cycle and add a sanitizing product to your regular laundry detergent.
As for the drying, you can choose to air dry or tumble dry, depending on the type of toy and your needs. If your kid’s stuffed toy is particularly delicate, you can roll it in a clean white towel to remove moisture and then hang it using clothespins to dry. If you want to get a faster result, you can use the dryer (if the label recommends) and choose a low heat setting to avoid synthetic furs getting damaged.
When in need of a full sanitizing treatment, H-WASH 500 can be a great ally. By increasing the washing temperature up to 60°C and by extending the rinsing phase, it provides a perfect hygiene cycle that removes allergens and bacteria from your laundry, ensuring the best care for your family.