Lovies, stuffies, stuffed animals, teddy bears…these plush toys make kids feel loved, understood and safe. Parents know how important these toys are and we guard them carefully and try to keep them in good shape. We've got the tips you need to keep these beloved toys clean and ready for more love.
Tips for Care and Cleaning of Stuffed Animals
Before we talk about how to clean our furry friends, let’s talk about the WHY. Let’s talk about keeping those bears, llamas, wooly mammoths and yes, poop emojis, clean.
Travel is a big part of our lives. At ages 13 and 11, they have been to more than 25 countries. We started early with them. Each daughter had a passport stamp by six months. One thing we learned from our travels was to bring a little part of home on every adventure. That means bringing bears, monkeys and other animals all over the world.
Our “stufties” (that’s what our girls call them) have seen some “tough love” – from Malaysia to Norway to South Africa. They’ve been dragged on the floor and even dropped in a toilet (poor Coconut the monkey...I learned to always travel with a few Ziplocs for these special occasions). I used to rely on hot water, a long spin in the dryer and prayers that the germs and bacteria were coming off the beloved critters my girls sleep with.
Making Repairs to Stuffed Animals
Before you wash your stuffed friends, you'll need to make the repairs.
“As a mom and DIYer, repairing items around the home is something I do daily, but it takes on added importance when I’m fixing something for my children,” said Mandi Gubler, blogger, DIY expert, and mom.
With a simple needle and thread, we fastened loose buttons and sewed up any gaps in the animals.
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- Reattach button eyes and ears and other body parts with simple sewing stitches.
- Patch up warn spots (you can use baby clothes and baby blankets as patches.
- Add stuffing back to the animal and seal up any holes.
How to Wash Stuffed Animals
Once you've made all the repairs, it's time top clean. Now you are ready to wash your stuffed animals.
- First, I like to use a lingerie bag to make sure they are extra protected.
- I zip up the animal in a bag and include some other soft items to wash.
- Select a gentle cycle and opt for a warm setting.
- I let the animals air dry to about 90% and then put them in a gentle cycle in the dryer to fluff them up a bit.
How Much Detergent to use
I like to use Lysol Laundry Sanitizer on our animals. Here's how much to use.
- To use in a standard machine: Add 2 capfuls each filled to line 1 of the dosing cup to the fabric softener compartment or directly to your rinse cycle wash.
- To use in a HE machine: Add 2 capfuls each filled to line 2 of the dosing cup to the fabric softener compartment or directly to your rinse cycle wash.
- To sanitize: Add to rinse cycle and leave product in rinse cycle for 16 minutes.
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