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How to wash stuffed animals – Tips

Most stuffed animals can be washed in the washing machine, but weโ€™ll also share how to hand-wash them.

Washing stuffed animals in the washer:

  1. Place the stuffed animal in a mesh laundry bag or zippered pillowcase for added protection against wear and tear.
  2. Choose gentle wash settings
  3. Add detergent
  4. Air dry

Washing stuffed animals by hand:

  1. Soak in cold water
  2. Add detergent
  3. Gently squeeze the stuffed animal to saturate it with detergent. Donโ€™t scrub too hard!
  4. Rinse
  5. Air dry

To dry a plush toy after hand-washing it, drain the sink and press down gently on the stuffed animal several times to push out as much water as you can, then roll it up in a clean dry towel, which will pull out more water.

Allow the toy to air dry, using the lowest heat setting on a hair dryer to fluff up the animal if needed.

A little dirt or stain can mean a lot of love in a child’s favorite stuffed animal. Take this into mind when thinking about washing a stuffed animal. Only wash them thoroughly when necessary. This is especially important if the plushie is well-worn or very old. Some plush toys may not survive a heavy wash. Washing stuffed animals is easy if you follow these helpful tips, but you always run the risk of damage. If there’s no danger, a tiny bit of wear and tear can add to their charm.

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