As any one of you knows that read my articles regularly, I am a big fan of helping others in need. Again at this time of year, there will be a lot of kids that won't be getting an Easter basket. I firmly believe that our teenagers should be taught about community service young and that helping out should be a habit, not just something we do on special occasions like Christmas and Easter, but this would be a great project for a Girl Scout group or a church youth group to do. Everyone loves Easter baskets and Easter baskets could even be made up for a senior center or community center. There is nothing like spreading the joy, believe me. Also this is the time to contact your local community center or Senior Center about making up baskets, They will be able to tell you just how many to make and you will have enough time to make them.
I hope this gives you some great ideas on how you can save money on your bunnies. I wish you all a wonderful Easter with lots of egg hunts and beautiful weather.
By Debra Frick
How do I get the smell of cigarettes out of stuffed animals? I have washed them in hot water with detergent plus white vinegar, and then put them in the dryer on hot, yet they still smell.
Try Odorban it works.You can get it at Walmart in the cleaning section.
Regarding cleaning large stuffed animals, would Woolite be a good detergent for washing a several foot long animal?
By Shoshie from Greenville, SC
For my grandkids' furry friends, my secret ingredient is always baking soda. If the stuffed animal is small, then I see if I can hand wash it in a solution of warm (or hot) water with a couple of tablespoons of baking soda. But in your case, if the stuffed animal is too big, then I would use a piece of cloth and soak the cloth in the solution and use it to gently wipe it on the stuffed animals. I've tried many cleaning methods that I read online and www.cleanstuffedanimals.com have some interesting techniques.
My granddaughter's favorite teddy bear was left wet in a plastic bag. It is now green and black with mold. How can I save it for her?
By Sue from Collierville, TN
Natures miracle the dog spot remover. It took the mold out of a heavy drape I had. Good luck. Nice that you care.
How do I remove the mini music box from a stuffed animal? (I can't get the wind-up key disconnected from the actual box)
rkay82 from Indiana
I have a stuffed bear that when the paw is pressed it sang a song. This no longer works. The batteries have been changed and tested so it is not the batteries. I would like to find someone who can fix this musical feature of the bear. This is not the only one that I have that is broken.
By Barbara from Lakewood Ranch, FL
Does the bear still have the makers tag on it? If you can locate the company they may be able to give you a solution to it or send you a replacement. My niece had a talking doll that stopped talking and the company that made it replaced it for free.
Where can I take an old stuffed monkey that I want to get "reclothed"? The cloth is old, and he needs to be patched up.
Libby from Colorado Springs, Colorado
Try a tailor or a dressmaker. If it's an antique, leave it alone because the value will drop significantly if it is altered.
If it's just an old favorite stuffed toy whose only value is sentimental, then you could always go to a cloth shop and peruse the pattern books.
Does anyone have any tips for cleaning stuffed toys? I have some toys that I would like to give to friends that have children but would like to spiff them up before I do.
Debbie from Little Rock, AK
By Dotty L
Stuffed Animals can be nice, but do get dusty. Years ago when my kids were small and had stuffed animals, I received this tip on an easy way to clean them & it works great. I since have passed this on for my kids to clean the grand kid's animals. Place the animal in a paper bag, add corn meal, and shake the bag for a minute or so. Let stand for several hours. Brush the corn meal off. This absorbs the oils and grease. Repeat if necessary.
Source: Tip: Received from a friend.
By Carolyn from Floral Park, NY
By T&T Grandma
How do I remove the smell of cigarette smoke from stuffed animals without using too many chemicals?
Gaylebear from Flemington, NJ
By Connie from MD
By Gary Dominicus
How do you clean large stuffed animals?
By Gramadynamyte from London, Canada
May I know what is the safest and most effect way of removing mildew on a stuffed animal without discoloration and thinning of the silk-like material? Her face has yellowish-brown spots and at times, with little things crawling. Will vinegar "thin or corrode" the material? The stuffed toy is very delicate and precious.
Thank you very much.
Good luck, I hope you find a solution. (06/05/2010)