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Five Tips for Cleaning Vomit Off Soft Toys

by Ethan Ray

Inevitably, vomit tends to spew out of children, and if one of their favourite soft toys are in the way, it's your job to rescue it. Luckily, there are ways to remove vomit from soft toys. Explore these tips to figure out how to clean and sanitise soft toys so that they can be reunited with your child once again:

1. Scrub with enzyme-based cleaners

For removing biological stains from vomit to grass stains, you want an enzyme-based cleaner. After removing the chunks on the toy, spray the cleaner on the toy, and gently blot it off using a wet washcloth. If there is a lot of yucky stuff in crevices, assign an old toothbrush to the job and use that to comb the cleaner and water through the toy's fur.

2. Wash in a pillowcase or lingerie bag

If your soft toy has electronics inside it, you need to skip this step as you cannot submerge the toy in water. However, most other soft toys can be machine washed. To protect the toy from getting caught on anything in the machine, place it in a pillowcase with a zipper or a lingerie bag. Then, wash the bagged soft toy on its own with no other laundry. Use the gentle cycle.

3. Dry carefully

Before popping the soft toy in the dryer, make sure that all of the vomit stains are gone. If they persist, don't dry the toy as that will make them set. To remove stubborn stains, check out the next step. Otherwise, if the soft toy looks and smells clean, put it in the dryer on low heat.

4. Use vinegar and bicarbonate of soda for stain removal and odour mitigation

If you have trouble removing all of the vomit remnants with the above steps, reach for the vinegar and baking soda. You can soak soft toys in a mixture of vinegar and water, or simply wash them again while adding a bit of vinegar to the cycle.

Soda bicarbonate works as an odour killer. To use it, make a paste of bicarbonate of soda and water. Then, scrub it on the outside of the soft toy. A vomit is typically acidic (full of stomach acids), the soda bicarbonate helps to neutralise its odours.

5. Leverage hydrogen peroxide on white fur

If trying to clean a toy with white fur, use a bit of hydrogen peroxide. This is especially useful for soft toys with electronics inside them, that you don't want to submerge. Blot on the hydrogen peroxide, and blot it off with a clean towel. As the towel becomes dirty, replace it with a new one until the stain is fully removed.

If all else fails, check out a soft toys distributor to see if you can find the same toy, or a brand new special one, and order a replacement.