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How to Wash Stuffed Animals

Washing stuffed animals sounds easy enough, but there are many nuances to the process. Machine washing is not recommended for many stuffed animals because it is the harshest cleaning method.  Stuffed toys with sentimental value and delicate fur, features, etc. are not recommended to go through this process.  This is only appropriate for stuffed toys that do not have delicate fur, features, or limbs because this process may change the appearance of the stuffed toys. Toys with little stuffing inside, those labeled as machine washable, and toys with little sentimental value will benefit the most from the washing.

“The Whirlpool”

This process is very much like doing any other laundry except for some pointers below:

  • Get a white pillowcase that won’t lose color in the washer
  • Put the stuffed animals in the bag
  • Tie a tight knot in the bag
  • Fill the washing machine with cold or lukewarm water. Cold water is best for delicate fur
  • Use a gentle detergent
  • Put stuffed toys into the washing machine
  • Take them out after the cycle is done
  • Before putting the furry friend in the dryer for a tumble, please go to How to Dry Stuffed Animals After Cleaning for all the crucial details on the drying process.
  • Put the furry friends in the dryer
  • Check on stuffed animals every 15-20 minutes to make sure that the stuffing doesn’t move around too much.  If they are starting to look a bit different, clip it on a hanger and let it air dry.
  • Air-drying might take awhile depending on the amount of stuffing inside the animal.  A few days of air-drying will be a good bet.

After this process, the stuffed animals are ready to go play!

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  1. Liz says: November 2, 2011

    I liked this website, the rabbit is sooo cuteeee. :) Useful Tips!

  2. Mar says: June 20, 2015

    I find your posts very helpful. Thanks for posting!

    I’m disappointed, I have a baby shower tomorrow and I made the baby a stuffed animal. I’m almost done with it but if I wash it, I’m worried it won’t dry in time – ever since I wrecked a crochet hat in the dryer, I reuse to put any more of my yarn made work in there!

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