A child's stuffed animal may be her best friend, but over time, it can get dirty and be a breeding ground for unhealthy germs and bacteria. The good news? You can usually launder it in the washing machine. Just use the gentlest cycle you have and a laundry detergent designed for cold water. Then hang the animal to dry outdoors using clips to dry it out and take advantage of the natural disinfecting properties of the sun's rays. If a stuffed animal can't be machine laundered because of delicate detailing, just place it in a brown paper bag, generously sprinkle baking soda on top and shake away. Brush off the excess and let it disinfect in the sun for a few hours.