how to wash stuffed animals

Do you have a child who loves stuffed animals? If so, you know that they can get pretty dirty! Stuffed animals often accumulate a lot of dust and lint, and they can even get stained over time. In this blog post, we will teach you how to clean stuffed animals in the washer! It is a quick and easy process that will leave your furry friends looking like new again.

How to Clean Stuffed Animals in the Washer

Step #1: Gather Supplies

Before we learn how to wash stuffed animals, you will need to gather some supplies. You will need laundry detergent, fabric softener, a mesh bag or pillowcase, and your stuffed animals.

Step #2: Prepare the Stuffed Animals for the Washer

Put the stuffed animals into a mesh laundry bag, a zippered pillowcase, or a pillowcase with the ends tied for extra protection against wear and tear.

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Step #3: Start the Cycle

Put the stuffed animals into the washer. We recommend using the Delicate, Hand Wash or Gentle cycle setting on your washing machine, along with cold water to help keep colors from fading.

Step #4: Choose Your Detergent

It is important to choose the right detergent when you’re learning how to clean stuffed animals in the washing machine! We recommend using a laundry detergent that is free of bleach, enzymes and phosphates. You may also want to use a fabric softener sheet to help keep them looking and feeling soft.

Step #5: Dry the Stuffed Animals

Now that you know how to clean stuffed animals in the washer, it’s time for the easy part; the drying process, but don’t worry it’s simple! Remove the stuffed animals from the washing machine, take them out of the bag or pillowcase and hang them or lay them flat to air dry.

When to Wash Your Stuffed Animals by Hand:

In some cases, you should wash your stuffed animals by hand. This includes if you need to wash old stuffed animals, wash large stuffed animals, or wash stuffed animals made of delicate material or intricate details that could be damaged in the washing machine.

How to Hand Wash Stuffed Animals

Fill a sink or basin with cool water and add a small amount of gentle laundry detergent. Gently swish the toy around in the suds, making sure to avoid getting the fur wet. Rinse the toy thoroughly in cool water, then squeeze out excess water and place the toy on a clean towel. Roll up the towel and press down on the toy to remove additional moisture. Let the toy air dry completely before placing it back in your child’s bed or play area.

We hope this answered all your questions on how to clean stuffed animals in the washer! If you follow these simple steps, your stuffed animals will be clean and looking like new in no time! So gather your supplies and get started! And if your washer isn’t washing like it used to, you can always call the team at Just-In Time Appliance to help you out!

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Justin Duby

Justin Duby, a Grants Pass native, opened Just-in Time Appliance Repair in 2014 after working with his grandparents in the appliance repair business for almost 10 years. Justin attends various training programs throughout the year to keep his skills sharp.

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