Do you have a stuffed animal (teddy bears, plush animals, fake animals, etc) that needs good washing? Maybe your child has been playing with it outdoors and it's now covered in dirt and mud. Or maybe your dog has been sleeping with it and it's now covered in hair. No matter the reason, we're here to help! In this blog post, we will discuss how to wash stuffed animals properly using both the washing machine and hand washing methods. We will also talk about when each of these methods is best used. So read on for all the tips you need to get those furry friends clean!
When Should You Wash a Stuffed Animal?
You should consider washing a stuffed animal when you see it is dirty. Maybe it has spots or stains, or perhaps something spilled on it. Also, consider washing if it has been a month or more since the last wash and the stuffed animal is regularly used by your child. Very young kids do put the stuffed animals in their mouths, so keeping them clean is very important. Finally, also wash the stuffed animal if your child is just coming off a period of sickness or head lice. You do not want the stuffed animal to spread unwanted germs and lice around.
The first step is to check the care label on your stuffed animal. If it is made with non-plush fabric, then you can probably put it in the washing machine. But if the stuffed animal is plush, meaning it has a soft fur coating, then you should hand wash it instead. If the stuffed animal has batteries or any other electric or electronic parts (for example, our Perfect Petzzz toys), do not machine wash or hand wash - you can spot clean with a sponge or a rag and some mild detergent.
How to Hand Wash a Stuffed Animal?
If the stuffed animal is small enough, you can hand wash it in your sink. Fill the sink with lukewarm water and add a gentle detergent. Let the stuffed animal soak for about 15 minutes before gently scrubbing any areas that look dirty. Once you have finished scrubbing, rinse the stuffed animal thoroughly in lukewarm water. Finally, squeeze any excess water out of the stuffed animal and lay it flat on a towel to air dry. The entire process should take about 30 minutes from start to finish.
How to Wash a Stuffed Animal in the Washing Machine?
For larger size stuffed animals, or if you just don't have the time to hand wash, you can toss them in the washing machine. First, put the stuffed animal in a pillowcase or mesh laundry bag to protect it from getting tangled up in the washing machine. Then set your machine to the delicate cycle and use cold water. Add a gentle detergent and let the cycle run its course. Once the cycle is finished, remove the stuffed animal from the pillowcase or mesh bag and let it air dry. Again, the entire process should take about 30 minutes.
Drying Your Stuffed Animal
Once your stuffed animal is clean, it's important to dry it properly before letting your child play with it again. If you hand wash the stuffed animal, squeeze any excess water out of it before laying it flat on a towel to air dry. If you washed the stuffed animal in the washing machine, simply remove it from the machine and let it air dry. In both cases, make sure the stuffed animal is completely dry before storing it away or giving it back to your child.
Can You Dry Your Stuffed Animal in a Clothes Dryer?
You may be wondering if it's possible to save time by putting the stuffed animal in the dryer. While there are some benefits to using the dryer, there are also some risks. The heat from the dryer can cause the fabric to shrink and the stuffing to become lumpy. In addition, the tumbling action can damage delicate details such as eyes and noses. If you decide to try drying your stuffed animal, use a low heat setting and put it in a mesh laundry bag to protect it from damage. With a little care, you can help your child's favorite toy make a comeback.
In Conclusion: How to Wash Stuffed Animals or Clean Plush Toys
Be sure to check the care instructions on your toy’s tag. If you don’t have the tag, you can always test a small, hidden spot with your chosen cleaning method to see how it reacts. When in doubt, handwashing and air drying are usually the best way to go. For stuffed animals with batteries, always spot clean only. Always use mild detergent and low heat.
And there you have it! These simple tips should help keep your stuffed animals looking and smelling great for years to come. Do you have any other tips or ideas to add to this? Please let us know in the comments below.