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Can someone please tell me how I can dust a yarn dog. My 17 month old has just been given one that is 30 years old and it is very dusty
No way to dust. You must soak it a pan or pail of warm water with a bit of Dawn or other mild dish detergent or Woolite is good too. Hair shampoo works too. Swish gently and rinse several times in warm water swishing gently. Gently squeeze as much water as you can and roll in bath towels pressing a bit to remove excess water.
When nearly dry blow dry on low setting to fluff and to remove all water so wire armature does not rust. You can add a bit of white vinegar or hair conditioner or fabric softener to the final rinse to soften and vinegar helps to deodorize and remove any remaining detergent residue. Finger comb and arrange yarn when done. These are yarn cleaning directions. Works for all yarn.
For a dusty ball or skein of yarn that was in storage you must wind it into a circular skein around whatever you have and tie it in several places with short lengths of yarn around the skein and then wash and hang by one of the ties to dry. Can be blow dried too on low to fluff and remove any dampness once nearly done. Then wind into a ball by hand or with a ball winder.
I would throw the dog in with perhaps a one half dryer sheet, I like unscented Bounce, and a dry towel, a kind of thread worn one...lol and put the dryer on air dry!
You could try this place in small kitchen garbage bag , grab and gather in hand and hold over the wand of your vacuum cleaner. Then suck the air out being careful not to get too close to the yarn.