How to Clean Those Lovable Plush Toys
Stuffed animals and dolls lead a hard life if they're loved. Whether they sleep with you, tag along to play dates or Day Care, play hide and seek in the back yard, or just cuddle up by the TV sharing snacks, they can really get dirty. Even the ones we "grownups" have out for "show" will eventually get dusty.
If you're collecting your animals as an investment, by all means protect them, take good care of the swing tags, and don't wash them.
But for the rest of us, who love on our plush pals, here are some suggestions on how to get them clean.
Occasionally, there will be a need to pre-treat an area of soil, for which we use Shout.
Sometimes we find a plush lovie with just a little light soil from being on a shelf. In that case, we may hand wash it with mild dishwashing liquid and let it air dry.
Machine Wash & Air Dry Instructions
There are symbols on the tush tag of many toys that tell you how to clean that toy. They typically indicate if it can be washed, the temperature for the wash water, if it can be bleached, and if it can be machine dried.
If it can be machine washed, the best way we have found is to put it in a pillow case and tie the loose end with string. Run it through the washing machine on gentle cycle in cold water, with detergent, but no bleach. We use dye-free and scent-free Tide or All Clear. We then place the stuffed animal on a large absorbent towel or rack to dry.
Tumble Dry Instructions
There are a few types of lovies we have found, however, whose colors will bleed if allowed to air dry. We put those in the dryer for as short a time as possible to get them dry. For instance, Fisher Price Rumples have a logo on the foot that will bleed if air dried. Keep possible bleeding in mind if the lovie has strong colors, particularly red.
We do suggest that you wash any previously owned toy before giving it to a young child to play with.
All our lovies are used.