By: Mrs. Mathis
Image by Brandi Jordan If you are wondering how to clean a stuffed animal, it is probably because someone’s little friend has been loved to the point of filth. Fortunately, cleaning stuffed animals is usually a pretty simple process. In fact, stuffed animal washing can be one of those everyday chores that all moms pursue from time to time. Knowing how to clean stuffed animals will allow you to save more toys to pass down to younger siblings. Also, knowing how to wash a stuffed animal will allow junior to enjoy it for many years to come.
How To Clean Toy Stuffed Animals: How To Wash A Stuffed Animal In The Machine
Before cleaning stuffed animals, check out their labels and see if there are any specific instructions for their care. If so, follow those. If not, check the fiber content of the animal. Most stuffed animal washing and drying can be done by machine, provided that the item in question is made of man-made fibers.
Cleaning stuffed animals in the washing machine is as simple as washing any other delicate item. Just pretreat any stains and place the animal in a pillow case that you tie closed with a string. Then wash both on the gentle cycle in cool water. Then dry both in the dryer on a low or air fluff setting.
How To Wash A Stuffed Animal By Hand
When cleaning stuffed animals that are soft and loosely stuffed, fill a basin with cool water and a little mild detergent. Then submerge the animals and squeeze the water and soap through the animal for a few minutes. Then drain the soap water and soak and squeeze the animal in several changes of clear water until no bubbles remain. The key to effective stuffed animal washing by hand is to not wring the animal at any time.
While most people are concerned with how to wash a stuffed animal, they really should be more concerned with how to get it dry. Once the animal has been thoroughly washed and rinsed, squeeze it gently to remove as much water as possible. Then press it with a dry towel and allow it to dry in a warm and, preferably, sunny place.
How To Clean A Stuffed Animal That Cannot Be Washed
If you are concerned about how to clean a stuffed animal that should not be washed, try a foam cleaner designed for use on carpets. Just spray the foam on and let it dry. Then rub the animal well with a towel to remove the cleaner. This method is really only suitable for cleaning stuffed animals that will not be chewed on by children, as carpet cleaners can contain unhealthy chemicals.
Are you now wondering how to clean toy stuffed animals that will be used by children? No problem. Just sprinkle them with a good coating of baking soda and let them sit for a few minutes. Then use a toothbrush or baby hairbrush to remove the soda. Pat the animal well to remove excess sod and you’re back in business.Print This Article