It is inevitable that when you have a little one that sooner or later they will have a favorite lovey as they call it. Most likely it will be something that you have no idea where you got it from and where to get another one from. If you are particularly lucky it will also be something that cannot go in the washing machine.
This is what happened with us this week. Xavier has a favorite "Mr. Monkey". He sleeps with every night. I limit Mr. Monkey to the crib only in hopes that he will not get lost or dirty as I cannot find another Mr. Monkey and he is not machine washable.
However, the other day we had a massive pee blowout. Xavier woke up and the sheets, blanket, pajamas, Xavier and the worst and hardest to clean was Mr. Monkey soaked in urine. UGH! Off went the blanket, sheets, pajamas to the washing machine. Xavier was bathed, but what to do with Mr. Monkey. Even though it says do not put in washing machine I thought about it, but I knew my little guy would be heartbroken without Mr. Monkey so I could not risk it. I Googled how to clean stuffed animals that cannot go through the washing machine.
This is what I found. The magical works of Baking Soda. It works so well and it is safe and non toxic so I have no reservations about Xavier cuddling with it. Plus in about twenty minutes Mr. Monkey was clean and ready for cuddling. It also works with dirt and grime as well as urine and other dirty unmentionables. I hope this helps to save your child's favorite lovey as well.
Cleaning a favorite stuffed animal without a washing machine
- 1/2 cup of baking soda
- big and tight bag to hold stuffed animal
- put your stuffed animal into a large bag that you can zip or tie closed. I did not have any large freezer bags so I used a plastic bag that I double checked to not have holes in it.
- pour the half of cup of baking soda into the bag with the stuffed animal and tie or seal the bag
- shake the bag for two minutes rigorously (think shake and bake)
- then let it sit for fifteen minutes, it may need longer if it is really grimy and you may need more baking soda if the stuffed animal is especially large
- open the bag and shake out the stuffed animal, I took Mr. Monkey outside and beat him to get all the excess baking soda off of him. (please note do not let your little ones see you beating their lovey it may upset them).
- vacuum any excess baking soda off of the stuffed animal with a vacuum hose
- You are finished and have a perfectly safe and clean lovey to give to your little one who must miss him so much!
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