Use a weak solution of shampoo, just a couple of drops of baby shampoo in a bowl of warm water. That will freshen them up nicely and leave a pleasant scent. If they're really bad, covered in puke for example, then give them a rinse off then put them in a pillow case on a gentle wash with a hand washing laundry detergent. You don't want to try it with any special toys and certainly not antiques (even just bears you had as a child, they're precious too!) but most modern basic cuddly toys with withstand a fair few cycles in the wash.
at 6:30 PM on Aug. 31, 2009