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Mildew smell in stuffed animals

Last post Sun, Nov 29 2009 6:39 PM by tripletree. 7 replies.
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  • Sun, Nov 29 2009 6:35 AM

    • Pat
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    Mildew smell in stuffed animals

    Question from a reader: 
    How do I get the mildew smell out of a stuffed animal toy? 
     
    Any ideas? 
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  • Sun, Nov 29 2009 7:26 AM In reply to

    Re: Mildew smell in stuffed animals

    Hubbie's grandmother used to disinfect her kids' stuffed animals by spraying Lysol liberally over them, then tossing them in the dryer on high heat.

    If that doesn't work, I'd suspect the mildew was coming from the inner stuffing, and I'd discard the toy.

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  • Sun, Nov 29 2009 7:56 AM In reply to

    • Toni B.
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    Re: Mildew smell in stuffed animals

    slk2042:
    Hubbie's grandmother used to disinfect her kids' stuffed animals by spraying Lysol liberally over them, then tossing them in the dryer on high heat.
    That would be the first thing I would do.
    slk2042:
    If that doesn't work, I'd suspect the mildew was coming from the inner stuffing, and I'd discard the toy.
    If its possible to open the toy at a seam, pull out the old stuffing and replace it with new stuffing, that could work. I would only do this if the toy has sentimental meaning.
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  • Sun, Nov 29 2009 8:34 AM In reply to

    Re: Mildew smell in stuffed animals

     Depends upon the age of the child.  I sure wouldn't spray Lysol all over a toy a young child may mouth.  My first choice would be to remove old stuffing, hand wash exterior, restuff with new stuffing.

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  • Sun, Nov 29 2009 9:03 AM In reply to

    Re: Mildew smell in stuffed animals

    Kids w/ allergies here. I wash in the machine, all stuffed toys. NOt an issue. COme out fine. HTH

  • Sun, Nov 29 2009 9:10 AM In reply to

    • Brandy
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    Re: Mildew smell in stuffed animals

     

    CTMOMto4:
    Kids w/ allergies her

     Here too and I do the same as you. If it can't be tossed in the wash then it goes to the trash.

     

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  • Sun, Nov 29 2009 2:55 PM In reply to

    • babs
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    Re: Mildew smell in stuffed animals

     I wash and dry in dryer. If it ruin it, then I toss it. Add some vinegar to the wash. Babs

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  • Sun, Nov 29 2009 6:39 PM In reply to

    Re: Mildew smell in stuffed animals

    If the toys are washable, you might try soaking them in Oxyclean for an hour or two and then laundering.  I find that Oxyclean does remove objectionable smells from clothing.

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