Tricks for Washing Stuffed Animals

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


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.

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.


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.


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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