Have you ever tried to wash your child's stuffed animal in the washer? I have.
The first one never quite made it out the same. My daughter's favorite fluffy little puppy quickly turned to nappy little puppy. It was clean though... (sigh).
Luckily, I bought a backup puppy- I buy a backup of my children's favorite attachment items (blankets, stuffed animal, etc.).
(nappy, sad, little pups)
(New puppy, old ruined puppy)
I figured out how to wash the new puppy without ruining it.
You will need a pillowcase and a hair elastic without metal.
Place the stuffed animal in a pillowcase and tie the pillowcase off with the hair elastic.
Throw the tied pillowcase into the washer and wash in warm or cold water. Use fabric softener.
Put the washed pillowcase/stuffed animal bundle into the dryer to dry. Dry on low.
When your stuffed animal is dry, hopefully it will look AND feel like it did when you bought it.
CLEAN! (And still fluffy and soft!)
My daughter loves her new "Snow Puppy"