Teagan's lovie is a little pink bear that has a blanket attached to it that she got from my parents for her baptism. She loves him. He is her bear and her blankie. Jude has always had a stuffed animal Pooh Bear and a burp cloth that he attached himself too. Over the years we have had to find ways to make sure these lovies stay clean and preserved so we continue to have nice sleepers.
Washing Your Child's Lovies
We were always scared to wash Jude's blanket and Pooh Bear because we wondered if the washing machine would ruin them, then what? Yikes! As the years passed I found that the best way to care for all of our lovies, even the burp cloth blanket was to put everything into a pillow case that zips and wash on the delicate cycle. We do not use the dryer when washing lovies. Letting them air dry seems to keep them nicer and better held together. If you have a clothes line get those lovies some sunshine - another great way to freshen and clean items like this.
Another tip that I have found through out they years of lovies is that if you have stuffed animals that cannot go through the wash you can "air clean them". It's true! Simply put your stuffed animals in a brown paper bag and a little baking soda to the bag. Close the bag and shake - this allows the baking soda to cover the animals. Do this for a few minutes and take them out of the bag and use a towel to wipe excess baking soda off the animals. This is a great way to freshen up and clean any items that cannot be in the washer.
Before starting the wash I always use Downy Fabric Conditioner. Since we started using Downy I have noticed that our lovies are much fresher and cleaner but with the gentle formula they are safe and sound and ready for some good nights sleep!!
Ultra Downy April Fresh Scent Liquid Fabric Softener protects fabrics like conditioner for your clothes and other washable items. Enjoy the fresh, floral scent that's been in homes for generations. Ultra Downy has seven benefits in every drop and is formulated to keep clothes exceptionally soft and fresh with less static, less wrinkles, less pills and fuzz, less color fade, and stretching. With just one cap you can also protect your clothes and other washable items keeping them looking newer longer.
As you start your laundry this weekend, think about those lovies that your kids sleep with, cuddle with, suck on and carry around the house - it is time to wash them!! Head to Walmart to start and pick up Ultra Downy April Fresh Scent Liquid Fabric Softener.
What kind of lovies do your kiddos have?