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How do you clean cloth toys that have the instructions of "surface clean only"? I don't want to use something too toxic to wipe but I don't feel that water alone is doing the job. Any ideas?

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Asked by mama-z at 6:21 PM on Aug. 31, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I machine wash them on gentle cycle in a pillow case. pillow case prevents the eyes from getting scratched up

    Answer by Lynette at 6:24 PM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • Lingerie bag works well too. I have also wiped them down with bleach wipes to kill germs and then wiped them again with water (most "bleach" wipes don't actually contain any bleach!)

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:28 PM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • I use dish soap and water, then let them air dry.

    Answer by lvpenguino at 6:28 PM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • 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.

    Answer by RhondaVeggie at 6:30 PM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • I use vinegar or windex. You could also use lemon juice with warm water it's a really good natural cleaner as well.

    Answer by 2murphyboys at 6:39 PM on Aug. 31, 2009

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