Washing the ducky and other stuffed animals… Ducky goes everywhere and gets dirty in the process! Poor thing looks so ragged from all his adventures and washings, but at least he is clean. Here is how we keep him that way:
We do put him in the washer and dryer. He first goes into a pillowcase (you could also try a lingerie bag), tied shut with a thin sock (you can also use a safety pin, it’s just that the sock is convenient, unlike having to hunt around for hours looking for a safety pin), then into the gentle cycle on cold. For the dryer, he stays in the pillowcase on gentle cycle, low heat. Not all stuffed animals will survive this, so check the label if you can before trying to actually wash a beloved stuffed animal.
To freshen him up when he really doesn’t need a whole washing: baking soda and Ducky in a paper bag and shake. Don’t do this while your little one is around unless you really want to traumatize them…. ;)
To kill dust mites: Put the stuffed animal in a Ziploc bag and then into the freezer for 24 hours (if you can do without it for that long).