This appears to be a real issue with Jellycat buyers, so to clear it up once and for all, here is what Jellycat have to say officially on their website:
"How do I look after a Jellycat?
With lots of love and attention! Unless otherwise stated on the sew-in label, we recommend a surface wash of all our toys with soap and rinsed with cool water. Then for the fur to be dried with a hair dryer. Some soothers and comforters are suitable for a cool machine wash - please check the sew-in label. Please refer to the Safety and Suitability tab for each individual product on recommendations for how to wash."
Mumsnet have asked the same question, with responses coming from hardened 'soft toy cleaners' like:
"I have a jellycat monkey who goes in the machine no problem - shortest cycle though for delicates" and "I've just washed my daughter's white jellycat sheep on a 40 degree wash and dried it in the tumble dryer on my usual cycle. Who has time to "surface wash and blow dry"? It needed a deep clean anyway as I've been wondering how best to clean it for a year! It's as good as new. Top tip: don't use conditioner in the wash - i think it leaves a soapy residue."
So it appears that the official line on cleaning your Jellycats is the no risk, take plenty of care approach but it sounds like you can, if desperate, use a 30 degree delicate wash, "put them inside something e.g. pillowcase" and gently dry them.
There does seem to be a slight discrepancy between Jellycat designs, for example, the Bashful Cream Bunny Soother stipulates:
40 degree Celsius wash only; do not tumble dry, dry clean or iron.
plus the usual:
Check all labels upon arrival of purchase.
Whereas the Bredita Duck Soother states: "Hand wash only; do not tumble dry, dry clean or iron. Not recommended to clean in a washing machine."
Of course all Jellycat Soft Toys come with clear care labels so always check these first and above all just use a little common sense.
For example, it's probably a good idea to follow the, "Not recommended to clean in a washing machine" instructions for Pompoms or Odette Ostrich and of course all paper books are wipe clean only.
As an aside it's good to know about the safety of Jellycat designs, so again from the official site:
"Are your toys tested?
All our toys are tested to the European Safety Standard (EN71 parts 1, 2 & 3)"
"Can I give a Jellycat toy to a baby?
All our toys are tested to the European Safety Standard (EN71 parts 1, 2 & 3) for all ages and are suitable from birth except where they have an age recommendation hang-tag.
Please check all hang tags of any item purchased before giving to a child."
Hope that this clears up a few issues x
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