How to Clean Plush Toys

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Many kids carry their favorite plushie around with them everywhere they go, bringing it into contact with a wide variety of germs and debris. If you don’t clean these toys regularly, they can become dusty and smelly. But the good news is, these toys are easy to clean. There are three common methods for cleaning plushies: dry clean with baking soda, machine wash with neutral detergent, and hand wash.

The most common way to wash a stuffed animal is by using a washing machine. Most stuffed animals can be washed in the washer, but it’s important to read the label and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Machine wash Plush Cleaning a stuffed animal in cool or cold water, with mild detergent and gentle cycle settings. Be sure to include a towel or pillowcase in the wash to prevent the animal from slipping during agitation and shrinking or ripping. If the toy has sequins, hats or other delicate clothing, it’s best to hand wash it instead of using the washing machine.

Drying a stuffed animal can be done in a dryer on a low heat setting, with a dry towel or pillowcase placed in the dryer to reduce tumbling and to prevent the toy from melting or losing its shape. Some plushies can also be air dried, but this may take longer and may result in a less fluffy toy.

Hand washing a stuffed animal can be difficult, but it’s possible to get your cuddly friend clean with this method. Fill a tub, basin, or large container with cool water and add a drop of mild detergent. Soak your stuffed toy for a few minutes, then rinse off any soap and gently scrub the dirty areas with a soft brush or old toothbrush. After rinsing, be sure to remove all of the excess water and place your plushie in a ventilated area to dry thoroughly.

If your stuffed animal has staining, you can spot treat it with a mild stain remover. Select a stain remover that is appropriate for your plushie’s fabric and apply it as instructed on the bottle. It’s important to fully wash your stuffed animal after spot treating it, to ensure that all of the stain remover is washed away.

Keep a lint roller, vacuum cleaner, or soft-bristled brush handy to remove any loose dust or dirt before washing your plushie. This can help to prevent any unwanted stains on your stuffed animal before they occur, and will make the washing process much easier. Make a habit of cleaning your kids’ plushies regularly, and they can be as fluffy and clean as their favorite blanket! By following these simple tips, you can help your kids enjoy their toys for years to come.