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How to Clean Beanie Babies

Beanie babies are the bundles of joy in our childhood adventures!  They are energetic tiny fellows that steal the spotlight from other stuffed toys.  Proper care and cleaning is needed to keep them young and fresh.

Most beanie babies shouldn’t be washed in the washing machine because they contain pellets, which are usually made of plastic.  Regular cleaning and spot cleaning should be considered before other methods that involve getting them wet.  The hardest and most time-consuming part of the washing process for these furry fellows is to ensure that beanie baby is 100% dry after getting wet.   A lot of things can grow inside them if not dried properly.  Dust mites and weird odor can creep up from the inside.

Regular Care:

If there is a stain/dirty spot on the beanie babies, then the following spot cleaning can help get the stain out.

Spot cleaning:

  • Fill up a cup with warm water
  • Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda
  • Mix the solution well
  • Get a toothbrush with soft bristles
  • Wet the toothbrush with the warm solution and gently scrub the affected area
  • If the spot is being stubborn and refuses to disappear, wet a white rag in the solution
  • Gently scrub the area
  • Fill up a cup with just warm water and rinse the spot with water
  • Let it air-dry for several hours

The last resort is hand-washing, which is like giving it a bath.  It is only recommended if  the beanie baby

  • doesn’t have a lot of stuffing inside
  • is not a collectible that sits around just to look pretty

then, hand-washing is another method to  clean the beanie baby.  Again, the key process in washing beanie babies is to ensure that they are 100% dry after the process.


  • Fill a bucket with warm water.
  • Put 2 tablespoons of baking soda
  • Soak the beanie baby for 15 mins
  • Gently scrub the babies in the solution
  • Rinse it
  • Fill the bucket with fabric softener
  • Soak it for 15 mins
  • Rinse several times.

Beanie babies can be put in the dryer but since beanie babies are small in stature and generally contain plastic pellets, they need to be monitored in short time intervals when they are in the dryer.  Consider the tips in the “How to Dry Stuffed Animals“.     In addition to the time they spend in the dryer, they should spend time to air dry.  Sun bathing for 20-30 mins is also an effective way to make sure they are completely dry!





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  1. Liz says: November 13, 2011

    Mouse? mouse wearing necklace, so cute. :)

  2. Lizzy says: July 28, 2012

    great addvice

    • admin says: July 28, 2012

      Thank you! I hope it was helpful.

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