Dettol// Care for your bear campaign!

Teddies, a comfort to your child(ren) for bedtime,nursery or all day, whenever your little one needs their favourite ted most, the last thing on our minds is to part them and put them through the wash.. or sometimes we forget altogether to wash them!

Dettol Care for your bear campaign.

New laboratory research conducted by Dettol has revealed cuddly toys have the highest levels of bacteria in the family laundry basket and that three out of four teddy bears do not get washed after a child is ill.  Microbiologists swab-tested a variety of children’s teddies and found that over 80% were contaminated with staphylococcus spp (a pathogen associated with food poisoning) and almost a quarter contained coliforms, indicating a possible presence of harmful organisms. 

Soft toys pose an infectious risk, especially in hospitals, hospitals ask now that you wash your child(ren)s beloved teddy or buy a new one for hospital visits.

1 in 5 of teddies will never be washed! that's a staggering thought! & has got me thinking!.

A has a total of 5 teddies he sleeps with, he doesn't take them around with him during the day, but when you think about 90% of children will drop their soft toys, wherever you are those teddies are going to collect some pretty yucky things!.

This is one of 5 of A's teddies, each are very special to him, as are a lot of children's teddies are.
this particular one is called "Blue".

I actually wash all of A's teddies as & when they need washing, A is still occasionally leaking through his pants at night, so Blue & the others can get a little yucky, I use my Eco laundry egg & some Dettol Laundry Cleanser! 

Washing at low temperatures do wash the teddies,but don't get them clean!, I always use Dettol Laundry Cleanser in the wash, keeping the nasties off A's beloved Blue & other teddies!.

66% of Teddy bears contained staphylococcus aureus, a microbe linked to skin infections, respiratory disease and food poisoning, yuck!

Almost 25% of teddy bears contained bacteria linked to faeces. yuck!

Nearly half of parent mistakenly put teddy bears in the wash with contaminated items such as dirty underwear & tea towels, but it's sometimes one of those moments you don't think, you just focus on the "it'll get clean" side, I put A's teddies separate from the clothes & sheets etc..

The Dettol Care For Your Bear campaign, supported by Hygiene Expert Dr Lisa Ackerley, aims to raise awareness of germs and bacteria found on teddies and soft toys. With almost three quarters of children putting teddies in their mouth, the campaign helps parents protect their family’s health. 

Dr Lisa Ackerley comments; “Anything that children put in their mouth should be hygienically cleaned but it is often difficult to get a child to let you wash their favourite teddy, which means they can become very dirty. I would recommend regularly washing them in a machine at a low temperature but including something to kill the germs such as Dettol Anti-bacterial Laundry Cleanser which kills 99.9% of bacteria during the washing process.”

Talking with Dr Ranj It was actually eye opening how disgusting your child's bears can get & how even when your child has long gotten over that stomach bug or cold, their teddies can still hold onto it keeping the viruses alive!.

It's now made me think more candidly about cleaning everything properly after catching colds or viruses, & not forgetting the teddies either!

Dettol Care For Your Bear guide -.

1. Wash at a low temperature with an anti-bacterial laundry cleanser – to prevent damage, wash teddy at a low temperature using an anti-bacterial laundry cleanser which works alongside your usual detergent. Dettol Anti-bacterial Laundry Cleanser kills 99.9% of bacteria, and will leave your bear feeling soft, smelling fresh and hygienically clean.

2. Avoid cross contamination – Avoid washing teddy bear with regular laundry, especially dirty tea towels and underwear. This will help to prevent discolouration and eliminate cross contamination of bacteria from other garments.

3. Dry teddy naturally - When possible dry teddy naturally, tumble dryers can be too harsh on most soft toys and increase the risk of damage to shape, fur and smaller parts like little eyes. 

4. For extra protection- You can pop teddy in a netted laundry bag or pillow case before he goes in the wash to provide a protective layer, minimising damage whilst keeping any fur soft and fluffy.

5. Give teddy a sponge bath - Small smudges and build ups of dirt are common and expected for a well-loved teddy. For a quick wash dilute 1 cap of Dettol Anti-bacterial Laundry Cleanser to 2.5L of warm water and sponge clean.

Share pictures of your teddy on the Dettol Care For Your Bear Twitter page @DettolTeddy #careforyourbear. Entrants will automatically be in with a chance to win a Dettol Antibacterial Laundry Cleanser.