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Parents know how kids' most treasured items can get seriously grimy. While care tags often specify not to run plush toys through the wash, you can get away with it and clean them up significantly—as long as the stuffed animals have neither music boxes nor excessive sewn-on ornamentation. Here's the trick: Put the toys in a pillowcase or mesh laundry bag, and throw them in along with a load of clothes of like colors. Hang to dry after the cycle is over.
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