After being dragged around for months and loved desperately, plush toys can take on a somewhat shabby look. Not to mention, most charities do not accept indelible stuffed toys. Hand washing a surface cannot remove all stubborn stains, and harsh chemicals such as ammonia can remove stains but also discolor fabrics. This leaves … a washing machine!
Step 1. Make sure the plush toy is washable
Toys with any kind of lining can usually only be washed by hand and only on the surface. Mohair, wool, rayon and alpaca should not be machine washed. And if the toy is too big or hard stuffed, also skip the washing machine.
Step 2. Sew up the existing holes and sew on loosely sewn parts
It will not be easy for your child to forgive you if, during the washing process, the foot of his beloved medrezhonka gets lost in the bowels of the machine.
Step 3. Place the toy inside the pillowcase and secure with pins
If the toy is too large, a sheet will work as well. If any part comes off, it will remain in a pillowcase or sheet.
Step 4. Carefully place the toy inside the washing machine
Use a mild detergent. Tide and Downy, Woolite, and Maggie's Pure Land hypoallergenic Soap Nuts are great if your child is allergic to dust mites. Fabric softener is usually unnecessary and can damage your plush.
Step 5. Set the washing machine to a gentle mode and wash in cold water
This will reduce the risk of parts coming off during washing or discoloration from hot water.
Step 6. Dry
Some stuffed animals can be dried in a tumble dryer, but most should be allowed to air dry.
Step 7. Remove matted lumps of fur with a toothpick
Step 8. Hand the clean toy to its owner
Many soft toys come with washing instructions. Read them before making your final decision
- Washing the toy too often may wear out the toy.
- Toys can burn out if dried in the sun.
- Be prepared to comb out matted fur.