3 Methods to Cleaning Plush Stuffed Animals Without Damaging Them
While stuffed toys and animals bring a smile to your face, they also accumulate a lot of dust and bacteria that can cause health problems—especially for the little ones who hang on to them for dear life and may bite or rub the toys against their face while playing. You have to be careful while washing these, as a washing machine can prove to be too rough on them and your little ones may not forgive you for ruining their favorite playmates.
Well, there is good news for you, as we have come up with three easy-breezy methods to clean stuffed animals and toys without damaging them.
Most plush animals can safely take a spin in the washing machine, though of course, there is always the possibility of damage to take into consideration. Read the label of the animal to ensure that you are able to wash it in your machine. To prevent damage to the toy:
▪ Put the toy inside a mesh laundry bag and then wash it in the machine. Padding the drum of the washer with towels can add another layer of protection.
▪ Use the gentlest cycle available on your washing machine.
▪ Wash plush toys in cold water using a mild detergent.
▪ After washing, remove the toy from the mesh bag and stretch it to restore its original shape.
▪ Clip it on a hanger and let it air-dry. Do not put it in the dryer, as the heat can cause the glue and fur on the stuffed toy to melt.
Your stuffed animal may say hand wash only or wash on delicate cycle. Your toy may be too fragile for delicate so hand washing may be the best way to give it a thorough clean without damaging it. You can use liquid dish soap to disinfect and gently clean the outer surface.
You need to remove all the attachments and wash the different pieces of attire separately. Take care not to submerge any toys with electronic parts in water, as doing so will not only damage the equipment but you may also be at the receiving end of a nasty electric shock.
Dry Method of Cleaning
For any toys that are older, delicate, or have sewn-on parts that could be damaged in a wash, use this method instead.
Get a bag that is large enough to hold the toy and put the toy in it. Any absorbent powder can be used, however it is best to select a powder that is a similar color to the stuffed item if possible in case the powder clings and is difficult to remove. Sprinkle a generous amount of the powder into the bag. Seal the bag, then shake it to distribute the powder over the toy. Then, leave the toy in the bag for at least an hour. After that, take out the toy and shake off the powder. You can use a bristle brush to brush off any remaining powder.