Ever wondered if you could wash your favorite stuffed animals? Of course you can. Give those babies some well deserved bath. You don’t have to spend all your ice cream money to bring them to a specialty toy repair shop. (Nothing wrong with that by the way!) You can do it like the pros do it all in the convenience of your own home. Here’s how.
STEP 1: To get rid of loose dust and dirt, give the toy a light shake while carefully tapping here and there. Apply extra care for the old and vintage toys.
BONUS: If you have reason to believe that bugs have infested the toy, place it inside a sealed plastic bag and put it in the freezer for at least twenty four hours. This should kill those pesky insects and their eggs. You’ll then have to remove the old stuffing before proceeding with the next steps. (After drying, you’ll have to put in new stuffing and sew the toy back up.)
STEP 2: In a small basin, mix lukewarm water with mild detergent. Remember that the water should never be hot or boiling. Heat can damage the toy and dull out its colors. Worse, it can melt some of its plastic parts.
STEP 3: Grab a clean, white soft cloth and dampen it with your solution. Wipe the entire toy with this making sure to gently rub it to get rid of the dirt. Switch the sides or get a fresh cloth if the one you are using is already dirty.
ALTERNATIVE: If you need a more thorough cleaning, you can machine wash the toys. First, place them inside a mesh bag or pillow case (for protection of the toy and the machine in case some buttons loosen up) before dropping them into the washing machine with lukewarm water and mild detergent. Rinse until all signs of soap are gone. You can also use a machine dryer afterwards for faster results.
STEP 4: After which, take a dry white cloth and start to pat and towel dry the toy. This should remove as much water before you can proceed to air dry or hand dry it in cool setting. Remember, no heat!
STEP 5: To plump the toy up, use a wide toothed comb to bring back their fluffiness to former glory. And just like that, your stuffed animals enjoyed their spa day!