When your child falls in love with a special toy, they drag it with them wherever they go! They don’t just cuddle and play with their favourite soft toys, they often use their stuffed toy as a napkin or a tissue. If you are lucky enough that the toy is machine washable, you can easily keep it clean by convincing your child that their beloved stuffed animal needs a ‘bath’ now and then, just like they do. But what do you do when the toy your child loves best has an electronic, non-removable battery pack? How do you wash it?
Stuffed toys with non-removable electronics are increasingly common, so that they can play music or ‘talk’ to your child when certain parts of them are squeezed, like a paw or a foot. But if you put this kind of toy into a washing machine (or even a tumble dryer), the damage to the electronics is usually swift and permanent. But today, we’re going to show you exactly how you can clean your child’s favourite singing sheep, or talking puppy, or chatty Elmo!
Our example toy sheep was getting grey with grime. the mittens, slippers, and bow are a particular weave of fabric that seems to magnetize dirt, even more than the white parts of the lamb. There were even a couple of marks on the face from … who knows. Kids, right? Probably better not to know. Let’s get down to business!
You Will Need:
- A medium sized bowl
- Warm water
- A cloth (preferably with some texture, to help scrub)
- Eucalan Delicate Wash
- Eucalan Stain Treating Towelette (if there’s some stubborn dirt/stains)
Before beginning, remove the batteries from the stuffed toy and make sure that the fabric of the toy fully covers any access to the battery box.
Add about one tablespoon (or one packet, if using individual packets of Eucalan) of Eucalan to the bowl, and then fill the bowl with warm, clean water.
Dip the cloth into the water and, beginning at the head (usually the dirtiest part of the toy), gently scrub the outside of the toy.
Repeat as often as necessary, scrubbing gently over the entire surface of the toy.
If there are any stubborn areas or stains, scrub them with the Eucalan Stain Treating Towelette.
Allow the toy to thoroughly air dry. Do not put it in the dryer (this will damage the electronics inside).
Watch your child’s face light up with happiness at their wonderfully clean and fresh toy! Well, they would probably light up with happiness even if the toy was still dirty, but you’ll be much happier knowing that singing sheep is now clean.