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#1 *CrazyCatLady*

Posted 22 February 2013 - 10:10 AM

How do they go? Still decent afterwards?

#2 dae-gu

Posted 22 February 2013 - 10:15 AM

Yep, I do, in a zippered laundry/lingerie mesh bag.

#3 antsy

Posted 22 February 2013 - 10:15 AM

Yes, I have washed DD's stuffed teddy many times.  He comes out perfect, smelling all nice and clean and his fur looks the same as before, just cleaner. I just throw him in with the normal load though you may want to try on a gentle cycle if you arent sure.

#4 rainycat

Posted 22 February 2013 - 10:17 AM

I wash them on a hand wash or woollens cycle with a bit of wool and delicate wash. They are soft and still okay after multiple washes.

#5 Bluenomi

Posted 22 February 2013 - 10:24 AM

QUOTE (dae-gu @ 22/02/2013, 11:15 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yep, I do, in a zippered laundry/lingerie mesh bag.


That's what I do, even works with toys stuffed with beans. They do look a little sad pegged to the clothesline though

#6 cinnabubble

Posted 22 February 2013 - 10:38 AM

Can you put these in the washing machine? Uniqua's looking a bit dire.



#7 JRA

Posted 22 February 2013 - 10:43 AM

I certainly have washed PB (Polar Bear) many times, but then again Polar Bears like water.

He has been fine.

#8 Z-girls rock

Posted 22 February 2013 - 10:48 AM

yes. I have even washed toys I have made in the machine. They are usually fine. - gentle wash, cold water

#9 FeralZombieMum

Posted 22 February 2013 - 10:48 AM

I have washed plenty in the machine, on a gentle cycle and with cotton sheets. For more delicate items I might put inside a lingerie bag (especially if it contained beads that could come out) and might also wrap in a bunny rug.

Just be aware that some hard bits like the eyes might have the paint rub off during the wash. Big Bird never looked at us the same after his first wash.

#10 lynneyours

Posted 22 February 2013 - 11:00 AM

QUOTE (dae-gu @ 22/02/2013, 11:15 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yep, I do, in a zippered laundry/lingerie mesh bag.


same here and then I hang them to dry by their ears/toes etc on one of the round things with lots of pegs on it.

#11 ElevenYears

Posted 22 February 2013 - 11:01 AM

We've put Ty stuff through the machine multiple times Cinnabubble and have never had any trouble with it.  In fact I'm sure some of the Ty stuff explicitly states that it is machine washable.

I put teddies through the wash - if they don't last, then they clearly weren't meant for this family.  The only exception is sheepskin stuff like FlatOut bears.  I surface wash them and then surreptitiously replace them when they get festy beyond all endurance.



#12 NotBitzerMaloney

Posted 22 February 2013 - 11:04 AM

Yes, clean up great .... But one of them, who was washed multiple times started getting skinnier and skinner!

#13 SuburbnJournalista

Posted 22 February 2013 - 11:08 AM

I made sure the favourite toy was machine washable. We also have 3 of them. It was a carefully planned exercise!!

#14 ubermum

Posted 22 February 2013 - 11:08 AM

Yep. At one time or another, every toy with fabric has been washed in the machine. It's a great way to kill those annoying musical teddies  ph34r.gif  If it doesn't survive the machine, teddy goes to heaven.

Like the pp, I have 3 of each child's favourite comfort toy and made sure they are machine washable.

Edited by ubermum, 22 February 2013 - 11:09 AM.


#15 Aribika

Posted 22 February 2013 - 11:09 AM

Most definitely.  Frosty had to soak in a Napisan spa for a day first then went in the washing machine on gentle.  I put DS2's baby in the washing machine too.  She has a doll face and a material body and she goes in regularly and is fine.  

As pp said they look funny hanging on the washing line though.  Bubby stayed out overnight last time and apparently she was scared of the zombies.  Bloody Minecraft.

Lorraine




#16 Spa Gonk

Posted 22 February 2013 - 11:11 AM

Yes.  My boy has a dust mite allergy and I have to wash his bedding and sleep toys (I try and keep it to 1 or 2) once a week.  Mr crocodile has been washed weekly for at least 2 years and he looks fine.  I think the spin cycle bang his glass eyes a bit though.  I just wash him in with the bedding on a normal cycle, and e would not fit in a garment bag.

He also won a giant giraffe that I try ad avoid him taking to bed.  It has quite a long neck and I don't think this will hold it's shape after a few washes.

#17 livvie7586

Posted 22 February 2013 - 11:14 AM

everything goes in the wash here (even the supposedly surface washable only baby toys), they come up lovely (my teddies used to go in the wash too original.gif ).  only problem we have is the forlorn child sitting in front of the washing machine waiting for it to finish (DD used to be pathetic when her blanky went in the wash)

#18 elizabethany

Posted 22 February 2013 - 11:15 AM

The really solid stuffed toys can go rotten on the inside if they are soaked through, as they can't dry fast enough, so need to be surfaced washed only.  Most of ours can go in the wash though.

#19 Mumsyto2

Posted 22 February 2013 - 11:23 AM

I machine wash in a bag generally once a year when I know we are going to have a run of 40degC days as I am always paranoid the inner stuffing may go mouldy otherwise. Apart from this I surface clean as required.

The only issue I have experienced with the machine is that the eyes (glass, plastic, whatever ???) loses the shine and most of them become finely scratched so definitley not their original bright eyed selves but its a small price to pay for a clean hygenic toy I feel.

#20 cinnabubble

Posted 22 February 2013 - 11:33 AM

QUOTE
I put teddies through the wash - if they don't last, then they clearly weren't meant for this family. The only exception is sheepskin stuff like FlatOut bears. I surface wash them and then surreptitiously replace them when they get festy beyond all endurance.

I have machine washed festy or puked on FlatOut bears, although they have to be combed out a bit as they dry.

#21 JustBeige

Posted 22 February 2013 - 11:38 AM

QUOTE (dae-gu @ 22/02/2013, 11:15 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yep, I do, in a zippered laundry/lingerie mesh bag.

Same.

If you havent got a zippered bag, then a pillowcase will also work.

The only ones i dont wash as the ones with 'natural' stuffing - ie: sometimes they have wheat or another bean or grain if they are also used a heat packs.   Also, if you have scented ones, then this can wash the scent out AND if they are hand made, they could actually have flower pieces in them.

If they are commercially made then they are very very very unlikely to have beans / grains or natural flowers pieces

#22 SlinkyMalinki

Posted 22 February 2013 - 11:43 AM

Our toys have gone 'to the day spa' a number of times, with no issue.

I also put in a laundry bag, and on a gentle cycle.

#23 *CrazyCatLady*

Posted 22 February 2013 - 12:19 PM

Thanks everyone for replies!  Teddy has now been washed and is looking slightly sad hanging on the line, but he smells much better now (not like wee!!) and i think he'll be fine. It's a really warm sunny day here so it shouldn't take him too long to dry.

#24 ElevenYears

Posted 22 February 2013 - 12:25 PM


QUOTE
I have machine washed festy or puked on FlatOut bears, although they have to be combed out a bit as they dry.


I've done it twice.  The first time I got away with it, and the product was a nice clean fluffy bear.   The second time it dried stiff as a board and I could not resuscitate it.  Now I live in fear of 'killing' Rosie while the wee one is at preschool and not having a backup ready to go at bedtime.

#25 PattiODoors

Posted 22 February 2013 - 12:31 PM

QUOTE (cinnabubble @ 22/02/2013, 12:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have machine washed festy or puked on FlatOut bears, although they have to be combed out a bit as they dry.


Yes, I've put FlatOut bear in the machine on cool wool wash, he's been ok so far.
The other dolls and bears get chucked in on a normal wash cycle.




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