We all love stuffed animals. They are cute, cuddly and fun. But their fur can also be a place where critters, dust and other things that can irritate your allergies can hide. Happily it doesn’t mean that you should not keep stuffies at home.
There are many ways you can keep the plush toys clean and reduce the risk of allergies quite a lot. The most obvious one is to wash them often in the washing machine.
But, not all animals are washable like that. So what can you do? You can easily remove dust mites if you perform a surface wash with a steamer for example. There are other ways to clean stuffed animals, too. Check them out.
Children with allergies should not be sleeping with stuffed animals. They can continue to have them around the room and play with them, but they shouldn’t be sleeping with them.
But there’s more. You should also open the window often and let fresh air in. Keep the room clean and clean dust often, including from stuffed animals. If there are stuffies that are not being played with and are simply laying around, it’s better to store them to prevent dust from building up on them.
Sure, your child might not want that. Explain that the animals are tired and want to relax in their own room i.e. the cupboard for example. Add that the stuffies will be always ready to play and have fun, but when play time is over, they want to rest in their burrows. This way you can minimize the exposure of stuffies to the elements and also keep them fun and available to the child.