Stuffed Animals full of mold

Dear George,

My stuffed animals from childhood were taken over by black mold. Can they be saved/cleaned? Thanks in advance for your help!

Gina Gramzow

Dear Gina,

Soft items that absorb water are usually not salvageable. Adding chlorine bleach to the wash cycle (if the stuffed animal is washable) will remove most mildew and will sanitize items if they are not too far gone, but then you must absolutely make certain they are completely dry. Stuffed Animals full of mold and other textiles are usually ruined. However, it is probably smarter and healthier to just throw them away. Toss ’em before they make you sick.

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