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How to Dry Stuffed Animals


After cleaning the stuffed animals, drying them is another crucial process.  If not done properly, mold and dust mites (those creepy crawlies!) can multiply inside the furry fellows.  So be sure to properly dry the loved ones!

No matter which cleaning methods you used before (Dry-Cleaning, Machine Washing, etc. ), follow these instructions to dry the furry ones.

  • Put the furry friends in the dryer for a tumble BUT before doing so, consider the following:
    • If the furry friend has delicate features (button noses, eyes, etc.), wrap a towel around the face. (e.g. if the eyes  are delicate, wrap a handkerchief around the eyes as if you were blindfolding the fellow). This will prevent any scraping to the eyes when they are tumbled in the dryer.
  • Put the stuffed animal in a dryer bag or a pillowcase.
  • Put a dryer sheet in the bag and tie a tight knot
  • Put the bag in the dryer. Put it in LOW-HEAT and every 15-20 minutes at a time. Please make sure that it is low-heat.  No one wants to shrink in size. Depending on each stuffed animal’s reaction to heat, please check up it every 15-20 mins. The heat will kill the dust mites.
  • After 15-20 minutes, see if the stuffed animals shrank, if not, put them back in the dryer for another 15-20 minutes.

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  1. Liz says: November 4, 2011

    hahaha…fat fat penguin….
    very interesting! Must try these instructions soon!

  2. Amanda says: September 12, 2013

    Awesome! Now I know how to clean these guys! :)

  3. Jeffery says: January 27, 2014

    Hope you’re all doing awesome. Many thanks for the great advice. Question please: I have a beautiful mohair stuffed animal with glass eyes which I would like to clean. Am I able to follow the same cleaning and drying process without damaging the bear? Thanks.

    • admin says: January 28, 2014

      If the bear has glass eyes, I would not recommend machine-washing or putting the bear in the dryer. If you do put the bear in the dryer, put a towel around the eyes and make sure that it is well protected. If possible, can you send a picture of the bear so that we can examine to get a better idea. Please send to Take Care.

  4. Mia says: February 8, 2015

    Now I can clean/dry my daughter’s stuffed animals

  5. Nina says: March 10, 2015

    While digging in the basement at my dad’s I found a large bear from from childhood (24+ years). He’d been on the floor covered in dust and cobwebs but his fur was still soft and smooth as always, like inch long soft hair your could run your fingers through. My dad’s girlfriend suggested steam cleaning then putting him in the dryer with a few sheets. He looks and smells clean now but his once smooth fur is now matted and ‘wooly’ in texture. She tried brushing him with a firm bristled brush but it only fluffed up the sheep like effect. I tried using a comb which straightened the fur out but leaves it kind of flat and no where near as smooth as he was before. It almost looks and feels like split ends and hair spray. Any suggestions?

  6. Michaela says: June 6, 2015

    My stupid ex-step-mom ( she was evil)

    brought bed bugs in my house I dont want all my stuffed animals to be runined will this work for that?

  7. Andrea says: August 24, 2015

    What if the stuffed animal has plastic beads in it? Is I okay to put it on tumble in the dryer?

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