Tricks for Washing Stuffed Animals

4 ways to get you child's stuffed animals looking and feeling brand new.

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Cornstarch

To clean a stuffed animal toy, rub a little cornstarch onto the toy, wait about 5 minutes, and then brush it clean. Or place the stuffed animal (or a few small ones) into a bag. Sprinkle cornstarch into the bag, close it tightly, and shake. Now brush the pretend pets clean.

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Fabric Softener Sheets

Wash fake-fur stuffed animals in the washing machine set on gentle cycle, then put the stuffed animals into the clothes dryer along with a pair of old tennis shoes and a fabric softener sheet, and they will come out fluffy and with silky-soft fur.

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Pillowcases

Your child’s collection of stuffed animals is cute but mighty dusty. Time for a bath. Place them in a pillowcase and put them in the washer. The pillowcase will ensure they get a gentle but thorough wash. If any parts fall off the stuffed animals, they’ll be caught in the pillowcase so you can reattach them after their washing machine bath.

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Socks

Does your child’s favorite stuffed fuzzy need a bath? Slip small stuffed animals into a sock and tie the end to prevent buttons, eyes, and other decorative items from coming loose.

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