and i'm not talking puke here. i washed him with johnsons shampoo and then a bit of dettol but he still smells awful. dh thinks bung him in a pillowcase then the washing machine but i am not convinced he will survive. poor dd, she is still not well and tonight had to go to sleep without him for first time in her 19months <soppy>
Once last week - her first wash after having her for a year (I couldn't bear the thought of her crying). And today after a major bleeding accident.
Both times I have put her in the washing machine (she is labelled sponge clean only) I put her on a syntheic wash at 30. First time on "Quick wash", low spin, tonight on full power and 900 spin!!! Tonight I whipped dolly out of bed after bedtime duties, she is currently on the radiator drying in time for the morning!
I have always washed my ds1's teddy bear which is marked surface wash only in the washing machine. I wash him at 40 with other clothing and he has always come out looking nearly like new. I just make sure that he is thoroughly dried before giving him back to ds1.
I did have 2 bears though, so the first time I washed him I did know that if anything went wrong I had a replacement.
I go further - following their ride in the washing machine, precious animals go for another, gentler, ride in the tumble drier - again in a pillowcase, with a clippit to stop them escaping, and a tennis ball (outside pillowcase) to soften them up.
Even exceptionally fluffy white bunnies have come up good as new.