Stuffed animals, that is. If your kids (or you) have stuffed animals in the home, they are officially collecting dust mites and germs. Wrap the stuffed animal in a pillowcase and wash it in your washing machine's hottest cycle OR place it in the freezer for 24 to 48 hours. (Some soft toys require freezing because they cannot be laundered.) I found this out the hard way when we recently washed a "not recommended for wash" Build-A-Bear dog, who lost most of his stuffing. Thankfully, Build-A-Bear is just around the corner!