Saturday, February 19, 2011

Why You Shouldn't Put Pillow Pets in the Dryer

It was a rainy day...which means it was time to spruce up Marley's nursery. I decided that all the Pillow Pets needed a good wash. Bade (her sheep), Panda Bear, Whale (her Dolphin) and Bee all got jammed in the washer for a good suds-ing.

I read the instructions. They said to wash each Pillow Pet separately in a white pillow case and let them air dry. But really...who has time for that? I don't even own a white pillow case. What could happen? Certainly no terrible calamity would befall the Pillow Pets during a routine wash. So into the washer and dryer they went!

They emerged from the dryer looking...not so soft. And a little...singed! Sorta crispy, really. And what was that burnt polyester smell radiating through the garage?

Needless to say, I was devastated to witness Marley's family of Pillow Pets go from soft, plush animals like this:


To frazzled, bumpy, and not-so-soft, like this:



And here's what happened to poor "Bade."


Luckily, Marley was relatively unfazed by it all. "It's okay Mommy," she said, patting my back. "Bade is still soft....a little. He's a little soft."
Anyway, if you have any Pillow Pets, be sure to follow the washing instructions. And for goodness sakes...don't put them in the dryer!
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20 comments:

  1. ha! Glad I'm not the only one! Unlike Marley though, I'm sure Natalie noticed!!

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  2. hi im chloe age 11 and my pillow pet stinks like your brothers sock so thanks for the advice and im sure to listen

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  3. Ha, thanks Chloe for the comment! Take good care of your Pillow Pet and it will always be there for you!

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  4. I am sixteen years old, and I own a panda pillow pet (Benny) whom I love very much. However, me being a teenager girl, I tend to fall asleep on him with makeup on. Not good. He got all dirty and his pretty white fur turned a cream color. I was scared to wash him, in fear of tearing him up, even moreso with drying him. This helped. If I messed up my Benny I don't know what I would do.

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  5. Ha, I'm so glad to hear that Benny survived. I would hate to see another Pillow Pet suffer the same fate as ours! Thanks for posting.

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  6. I put my daughters in the dryer with no heat....just on tumble....they are fine afterwards.....I've learned my lesson ..I ruined her valentine one and her ladybug....but her zebra giraffe and bunny and still good after many washes

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  7. I do hate washing them thou...they are never the same...still soft..but they tend to get alittle lumpy ..the tumble dry helps even things out thou :) my daughter loves these pillows..and the ones I ruined she wants nothing to do with lol

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  8. I washed mine, on the "delicate" cycle, and it came out good as new! just DONT dry them. but, washing worked awesomely! :)

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  9. well, im just to scared to dry my "jay" in the dryer. i dont want to ruin my zebra!

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  10. Im glad I read these posts before throwing my kidz piggy pet in the dryer, feeuuu!

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  11. Im 14 and i loved my dolphin pillow pet "bubbles" but i came home one day and my mom had decided to wash him. Sadly he turned out exactly like yours :(

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  12. I wish my mom read the instructions. I just bought myself a pooh bear pillow pet and he's a bit crispy now :(
    I'll make sure we both remember this for the future!

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  14. Yea im 10 i have a pillow pet named George Luckily I FOLLOWED INSTRUCTIONS other then u doofs

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  15. It's ridiculous that companies would make toys that can't be washed!

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  16. I have the lady bug pillow pet and I sleep with it all the time and yes I droll sometimes, but anyway I love Ms. Lady bug a lot and I feel better knowing that if I put it in the dryer it might be ok, just the fur will be messed up a little.

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  18. Thanks!!!! So glad this post was here. I am a full time single dad, so I know nothing about this kind of stuff. My 4 year old son wet the bed the other night and now Baby Dog smells kind of funny. He needs a bath but my son would never forgive me if Baby Dog was not his soft fluffy self.
    The tips are so helpful.

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