Earlier this week, we asked if you were ready for Christmas. Well, Christmas is here! "The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugar plums danced in their heads." Oh the magic of Christmas is finally upon us, but that hardly means that your holidays will be perfect. Uncle Fred will still cause drama and someone is going to spill a glass of wine. Rather than get upset, today we'll discuss how to properly wash Christmas decor in such a way that you can continue keeping the holiday spirit alive for many years to come.
How to Wash Christmas or Holiday Pillows
Do you love to change up your decorative pillows with the seasons as much as we do? Give us all the embroidery, needlepoint, sparkle, and sassy sayings you can imagine. We love it. And luckily, most times decorative pillows don't need to be washed (because anyone who owns them treats them like they should be guarded closer than the "hope diamond.") However, if your decorative pillows do need to be refreshed or get a bit dusty, just toss them in a mesh bag before throwing them in the dryer on cool air.
Should they get stained or need to be washed and your pillow has a removable cover, follow the wash instructions on the care tag. If there is any embellishments, you will likely need to take them to be dry cleaned, but you can often spot train any small stains at home.
How to Wash Christmas or Holiday Plushies
Plush Toys and decor are often an extension of holiday pillows, and yet for some reason they seem to get "loved" a little more than the pillows you throw on the couch. If you have any of those plush snowmen, reindeer or dancing Santas laying around, it's possible they'll need a gentle clean at the end of the season before you store them away until next year. Most plush toys can be washed in the washing machine as long as you remove the batteries first. And if you need to just dust them off, make sure you put them in a mesh bag first.
How to Wash Christmas Blankets, Throws or Bedding
We recently had an entire discussion on washing your bedding. If you happen to miss it, click here: 8 Things You Should Know About Washing Your Sheets and Bedding.
That said, there are few things we enjoy more than snuggling up on a cold winter's eve with a cozy blanket by the fireplace. While most blankets and throws can be machine-washed, it's always important to check your care tags to make sure you don't ruin your favorite snuggling buddy (particularly those fake furs). When in doubt, we always suggest a call or visit to your local dry cleaners. They can give you the best advice.
One thing that we will add (and was mentioned in the previous article) - the best way to avoid having to wash your blankets and throws during the holidays is to not eat in them. We get that that's asking a lot, but it can avoid a lot of unnecessary washing.
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