If you have kids, this tip is a must. Put dirty stuffed animals in mesh bags and wash them using a gentle setting to rid of germs, bacteria and other nasties.
Just check the label of the stuffed animal to see if it can be machine washed. If it has foam beads inside, glued-on details or if it is old, do not wash it.
If you are using a cup of baking soda instead of laundry detergent.