Lovey Love: Helpful Solutions to Problems with Loveys

The Clean Routine

Keep your kid's BFF looking great with these tips.

Spray it on. For routine maintenance, spray plush toys with a nonaerosol disinfectant, such as Lysol.

Take a dip. Let your child take her lovey in the tub next time she has a bath. Afterwards, explain that it needs to have its hair blown dry, and give it a spin in the dryer while your kid is dressing.

Call an ambulance. If your kid's teddy is truly in tatters, order a repair from stuffedanimals.com. The company supplies an "ambulance ride" (box and postage), then ships the cleaned and repaired toy back to you, complete with a hospital bracelet.

Originally published in the April 2011 issue of Parents magazine.

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