By JO ABI
His name is Teddy Bear. Cute, isn’t he? He’s the firm friend of my five-year-old son Giovanni. Giovanni selected Teddy Bear as the only fluffy toy that mattered to him from a very early age. I still remember him crawling around, dragging Teddy behind him. He’s slept with him every night for five years. Given the choice between Teddy and ice-cream, I’m pretty sure Giovanni would choose Teddy.
Except Teddy stinks! He smells like vomit and old saliva. And the problem is Giovanni doesn’t like Teddy to have a ‘bath’. The few times I’ve thrown Teddy into the washing machine with a load of whites Giovanni has sat in front of the front loader watching it like a TV, watching Teddy spin around and around and around.
I haven’t washed Teddy for a while so it’s timely that Biozet Attack Ecosmart Laundry Liquid has entered my life. It smells like the ocean and as much as I know Giovanni finds the smell of vomit and old saliva comforting, I know he’ll like the smell of the ocean just as much. Who doesn’t like to go to sleep thinking about the beach?
Giovanni is my middle child. I fell pregnant with his sister pretty quickly after him so I wasn’t able to snuggle with him as much as I would have liked. This is where Teddy fulfilled an important role and it’s the reason I haven’t tried too hard to detach Giovanni from his best friend.
We leave Teddy in the car when we go to pre-school and sometimes we even leave him at home during short trips (except Giovanni sits him up on the lounge and leave the TV on!).
If anything can get the stains out of Teddy Bear, it’s Biozet Attack Ecosmart Laundry Liquid. You use the tiniest capful for a full load. I used to have to buy laundry product every week. Now, I have a bottle that lasts for a good few weeks.
I wait until Giovanni is properly distracted. He’s watching The Lorax (again) and he’s eating Pizza Shapes. That gives me a good few minutes to kidnap Teddy and throw him in the wash.
There, done. Project ‘Clean Teddy’ is underway. Giovanni hasn’t noticed yet. I know it’s just a matter of time.
“Teddy Bear,” I hear my son’s footsteps as he searches the house.
“Teddy Bear’s having a bath,” I say calmly and matter-of-factly.