Kids and stuffed animals go together like peanut butter and jelly. However, if your child has allergies to dust or dust mites, you have to be careful with stuffed animals. It doesn’t mean that you have to kill teddy bear, but it does mean you have to learn to kill dust mites on stuffed animals.
How to Kill Dust Mites on Stuffed Animals in the Wash
When buying new stuffed animals, look for plush critters that are washable. In order to kill dust mites on stuffed animals effectively you are going to need to use your washing machine and dryer. If the agitator in your top loader is a little rough, then you might want to put your stuffed animal in a lingerie bag. It will help protect it during the washing process.
For your top loader, turn the water on to cold and start to fill the tub. Add De-Mite Laundry Additive along with your regular detergent and then toss teddy (or puppy or kitty) in the wash. You can use the gentle or permanent press cycle for the shortest setting. Close the lids and let your washer go to work. If you have a front loader, add your detergent and De-Mite, toss the toy in and start the wash cycle. Because front loading machines are more gentle, a lingerie bag is not necessary.
Spin dry your stuffed animals on the low setting. By using De-Mite (or Allersearch Allergen Wash) you can kill dust mites on stuffed animals without ruining the toy because you can wash with cold water.
If you do not want to use De-Mite or Allergen Wash, then the only way to kill dust mites on stuffed animals in the washing machine is to wash with 140°F water. Unfortunately your stuffed animals will not stand up to much washing with water this hot.
Non-Washable Stuffed Animals
If you purchased a stuffed animal that is not washable or your child received this type of a toy for a gift you are going to need to get creative. Since you can’t use the washing machine to kill the dust mites you will have to use your freezer to kill dust mites on stuffed animals. Place the toy in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer overnight. If your child can’t bear to be away from the toy overnight, then do this first thing in the morning and leave in for 6 to 8 hours.
After the toy has been frozen, remove from the plastic bag and spray lightly with ADMS Anti-Allergen Spray. The cold will have killed the dust mites but the allergen has been left behind. By spraying with ADMS you are neutralizing or denaturing the allergy-causing dust mite proteins.
After you spray the toy, toss it in the dryer on the fluff setting. This is the setting that is air only, no heat. Once the toy is fluffed back up and dry you can give back to your child knowing you did your part to kill those pesky mites.
Select The Right Stuffed Animals
The washability of a toy is an important factor when selecting a toy. Since you know the best way to kill dust mites on stuffed animals is to wash the toy, look for toys that stand up to repeated washing.
We like the Kid’s Preferred line of allergy-friendly plush toys. These stuffed animals are certified Asthma and Allergy Friendly. Not only are they cute and cuddly, they are made to be washed over and over again and still remain soft. Your child can cuddle Buddy Bear with confidence.
When purchasing a stuffed or plush toy, be sure to read the label first to make sure it is washable. Because some of that peanut butter and jelly might get in teddy’s hair.
Til Next Time!
The Allergy Store