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.