How to Clean Ewan the Dream Sheep

Anyone else have this problem? You can’t put Ewan the Dream Sheep in the washing machine, so how do you keep the sodding thing clean?

After Little’s got very grubby, we have finally found 3 ways that we can rid a well used Ewan of his smell and germs!

Bicarbonate of Soda

I swear by cleaning with bicarbonate of soda at the moment. Any stubborn grease and a bit of bicarbonate and vinegar gets rid of it in no time.

When trying to figure out how to clean Ewan, the hubby googled how we could get the smell out of something that couldn’t be washed and, unsurprisingly, bicarbonate came up top of the list!

Put Ewan in a large zip lock bag, with a good sprinkling of bicarbonate. Shake it up to get all of him covered and then leave for an hour or two.

We found that it really helps neutralise the smell. Once you have given it a good shake and brush down, it is totally safe for little hands and mouths.


Laundry Detergent and Hot Water

The body of Ewan can’t be washed due to the wires for the lights being sewn in to each leg, meaning the battery pack can’t be removed. Little absolutely loves to chew and suck on the ears so the head is the most disgusting part of her Ewan. Luckily there are no wires in that part so the head can get a good dunking!

Put the head into hot, soapy water and give it a good scrub. Once finished give it a rinse with clean, warm water until it runs clear.


Milton Anti-Bacterial Surface Spray

The body can’t be washed due to the electrical components inside. Although the bicarbonate gets rid of the smell, I couldn’t help but think it needed a good scrub down.

Milton say their anti-bacterial spray provides fast and effective germ-killing action, and is clinically proven to kill a wide range of bacteria and fungi. It also leaves no surface residue and therefore is safe for use around a baby. So this meant we could get rid of the germs on the body, without completely soaking it through and ruining the electrical bits inside.

Just spray it on and give it a good scrub with a damp cloth.

Once it’s all fresh, leave Ewan to dry. Preferably in the sun, but by a radiator will do. And there you have it – a fresh and clean Ewan that is ready to be chewed and snuggled again!



  1. September 30, 2017 / 4:27 pm

    We don’t have a Ewan but my friend who has just become a mummy has, I will pass this blog post link on to her! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Becky
      October 1, 2017 / 10:23 am

      Ah thank you. I know when we first realised you couldn’t machine wash it, we had to search about for ways to keep it clean so hopefully this is useful for her.

  2. Jasmin N
    September 30, 2017 / 4:51 pm

    This is actually good for all the toys that arenโ€™t machine washable! Thanks for the recommendation ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Becky
      October 1, 2017 / 10:19 am

      It’s such a pain when children’s toys aren’t machine washable, but doing these bits definitely help keep them fresh.

  3. October 1, 2017 / 2:29 pm

    Such a great post, we always wondered this with the whisbear, but luckily you can take the noise out of it so you can wash separately.

    • Becky
      October 24, 2017 / 7:08 pm

      That would be so much easier! It’s such a pain – I think I’d try the whisbear instead if we have another baby.

  4. October 1, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    Wow would of never of thought of using bi carb soda. We don’t have Ewan the sheep but we did have a seahorse that my little girl would rarely let us clean lol.

    • Becky
      October 3, 2017 / 4:52 pm

      I love bicarb and use it for loads of cleaning around the house! It’s such a pain when you can’t get their toys clean, especially as Little loves to chew on the sheep, so I’m so glad we found a little system that works for us!

  5. October 2, 2017 / 9:23 pm

    We have had our Ewan since the 2nd month and she’s now 21 months. It’s usually left in the cot rather than a comforter so he doesn’t get dirty!

    • Becky
      October 3, 2017 / 4:45 pm

      I wish we could keep Little’s clean! She chews on it which is the main reason it gets so grubby, but it just settles her so well we don’t want to get rid of it.

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