AS much as we'd love to keep our childhood toys forever, there comes a point when they look so grotty and old that you almost feel guilty for hanging onto them. Or maybe that's just us..?
Either way, one woman has revealed how you can get your old toys – or the kids' grubby newer ones – looking brand new again in just a few short steps.
Posting on the Facebook group Hinch Army Cleaning Tips, mum-to-be Anna Pritchard-Jones explained how her toy cat had enormous sentimental value to her but was beginning to look a bit sad.
She wrote: "I wouldn't go anywhere or sleep without it as a child. With me now expecting, my parents gave it back to me for my baby's room."
Side note: isn't that just the most heartwarming thing you've ever read?
Determined to get her beloved soft toy back to how she always remembered it, Anna soaked it with Vanish's Oxi Action powder and fabric softener.
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And if that wasn't enough, she also added some scent booster pearls too.
While the Vanish powder targeted any old stains, the fabric softener restored the toy's plush fur.
After a good brush, she added: "It's come out so well!"
With a bit of a hand wash in Vanish Oxi Powder, fabric softener, scent boosters and a good brush afterwards, it's come out so well!
Posting amazing before-and-after photos in the group, Anna explained how she plans on keeping the toy on a shelf in her baby's nursery.
Anna told Fabulous Digital: "It’s such a special toy cat because my late grandfather loved it and we used to play and watch Tom & Jerry together. We have so many stories about it.
"Like, me leaving it in the woods and my grandparents would have to walk all the way back to get it.
"I’d just like to stress that everyone should really take care when cleaning their special items as they’re so delicate. Probably best to do a patch test first just incase!"
Unsurprisingly, other members of the group were blown away by the transformation.
"What a good job you have done it doesn't even look like the same cat," one replied. "How lovely!"
Another added: "OMG I had one of these I loved it."
A third joked: "The right is like me going for a night out and the left is me coming back."
For more cleaning tips, Mrs Hinch uses tumble dryer sheets to clean her blinds leaving them gleaming and it only takes minutes.
And this cleaning fan gets her scorched toaster sparkling in minutes thanks to 89p cleaning paste.
Plus this woman got her grotty, brass taps covered in blackened limescale spotless using 1p coin.
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