When your kid’s fuzzy friend goes everywhere the kids go, that stuffed animal is on the fast track to Grubbysville. So maybe a few months — maybe quite a few months — pass, and then one day, you’re fetching Sparky, and you’re suddenly gobsmacked by this filthy rag you’re holding. What was once a pure-white, fluffy puppy is now a drab-gray, misshapen mess of matted fur punctuated with splotches of who-knows-what. Of course, you’re horrified! that your child has been dragging this thing out in public — and sleeping with it!
When it’s time to sneak that mangy dog away from your child’s arms and give that lovey a good scrubbing, here’s how to get that grubby guy so clean you won’t even shudder when your kid eats the sticky goldfish crackers stuck to the stuffie’s back.