Hello! My belly is filled with a pillow out of cherrystones - you can take this pillow with the zipper out, warm it up in the oven or put it to the freezer to cool special parts of your body. My head and feet are filled with lambswool and my skin is made from cotton.
The smell of the wool comes from lanolin, the natural wool grease, and protects it against soiling. It disappears after some time, but never completely.
If the animal gets dirty, you can first remove the coarse dirt with a brush. Since we only use natural fibers of the best quality and no polyester, heavy washing is usually not necessary.
Since our dear little animals are filled with pure sheep's wool from the Eifel, we generally recommend hand washing with mild detergent or wool detergent. Unfortunately, the little ones do not tolerate strong spinning, because this leads to irreversible clumping of the wool.
The water temperature should not be too high and plenty of water should be used. You can then dissolve a little wool detergent and then move the animal loosely in it. Before doing this, however, you should soak it with clear water of the same temperature. Please do not rub, brush, spin or wring when washing. After washing, squeeze it out carefully and let it dry on a towel. The wet smell of wool disappears after drying.
When drying, move the animal regularly, this makes the drying process easier. The animals stuffed with cotton can also be washed by hand or in a gentle wash cycle in a mild detergent. Again, avoid using strong spinning, otherwise too many lumps will remain in the cotton. Basically, small lumps can also occur when washing by hand; this cannot be avoided with natural fibers.
If brown discolouration occurs after washing, especially in the white animals, the product was left in the washing water for too long or was not expressed correctly after washing. Due to the constantly wet medium, the warp yarn of the woven plush begins to rub off and is transferred to the animal. A second wash usually helps.