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Cleaning non-washable baby soft toys

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42andcounting · 09/07/2013 12:03

My friend has given me a huge box of really lovely baby toys, a lot of which are soft toys with built in rattles, teethers, squeakers, etc. They've been boxed up in her garage, so although they look clean they do smell a bit musty, but a lot of them say 'sponge clean only' which I'm not sure will completely freshen them up. Do you think it would ruin them if I washed them in the machine on either the handwash, delicates, or coldwash setting?

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PinkApple86 · 09/07/2013 12:33

I would probably hand wash them in a bowl of warm water with some washing powder, then rinse with just water. I do this with delicate tops and scarves

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showtunesgirl · 09/07/2013 12:41

I have at some point chucked ALL of DD's toys in the washing machine on a delicate cycle. They've all come out fine.

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onedogandababy · 09/07/2013 12:49

I would chuck them in the machine on a hand wash/delicates cycle. I have done so with all my daughter's soft toys & they're fine.

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nextphase · 09/07/2013 13:08

If there are no electronics or battries in them, put them through the wash!

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TinkyPeet · 09/07/2013 13:48

As long as there's no batteries or anything just stick them in the machine thy will be fine. Just not the dryer x

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MoaningMingeWhingesAgain · 09/07/2013 13:49

I agree, just wash them. If they survive then great. You couldn't use them anyway if they were manky.

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42andcounting · 10/07/2013 10:45

Thanks all, I had a bit of nesting impatience yesterday :) so had already started hand washing them before I read all the 'bung it in the machine' replies. They've all come up like brand new (squeakers & everything still working too) except one, so Mr Giraffe is now bracing himself for a trip round the washing machine!

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Gerty1002 · 10/07/2013 10:50

Just a tip for machine washing - tie them up in a pillow case as that protects things a little from bashing around the machine, but they still get clean. I do this with slippers or trainers, too :)

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TinkyPeet · 10/07/2013 11:22

gerty ..just to say what a great tip :) I usually put trainers/football boots etc in a pillowcase but never thought to tie it! They usually just fall out of the pillowcase and get stray bits of un-noticed grass all over my machine and I think what a pointless task it was to put them in the pillowcase. So I will tie it from now in! thankyou :) x

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Gerty1002 · 10/07/2013 12:13

No problem, I'm far too lazy busy for handwashing :)

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TheCatIsUpTheDuff · 11/07/2013 18:59

Depends how skanky they are. We had a load of stuff from a friend that she'd been storing in the garage, so it smelled of damp and dog. I chucked it all into a mattress protector (because that was what I had lying around) and washed it on a delicates setting, and it's all fine. I wouldn't have given it to my baby without a bloody good wash, so it wasn't as though there was anything to lose by trying.

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