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Clean Plushie, Happy You: How to Properly Clean Your Plushie

Clean Plushie, Happy You: How to Properly Clean Your Plushie The Plush Kingdom

Do you have a plushie companion that has been with you through thick and thin? Have you hugged them so much that they are starting to look a bit worse for wear? It's time to give your plushie the TLC it deserves and clean them up! By following the tips outlined in this article, you can give your plushie the fresh look it once had.

Cleaning your plushie is not as difficult as it may seem. With just a few simple steps, your plushie can be back in action before you know it. We will provide all the details about what materials to use, how to clean the fur and stuffing, and how to take care of special materials like ribbons or sequins.

Whether your favorite stuffed animal has seen better days or needs some routine maintenance, by the end of this article, you'll have all the knowledge necessary to properly clean a plushie. Let's get started!

General Cleaning Tips for Plushies

Caring for your plushie doesn't have to be a daunting task. With a few simple guidelines and the right cleaning supplies, you can keep your plushie in tip-top shape for years to come! Here are some general cleaning tips for your dear companion:

* **Choose the Right Cleaning Supplies:** Plushies require different cleaning materials depending on how delicate they are. For instance, some plushies may be machine washable while others must only be spot cleaned. Make sure to read the care instructions before attempting any type of cleaning.

* **Use Gentle Cleaners:** Avoid using harsh chemicals or cleaners that may cause fading or discoloration of your plushie's fur or fabric. Instead, opt for gentle products like diluted dish soap, shampoo or fabric cleaner that are specifically meant for use on fabrics and soft toys.

* **Avoid Heat When Possible:** If possible, air dry your plushie instead of machine drying them as the heat may cause damage or shrinkage. If you do choose to put them in the dryer, use a low heat setting and take them out as soon as they are dry.

* **Keep Plushies Away from Moisture:** Plushies don't like getting wet so it's best to keep them away from moisture as much as possible. If there is liquid spilled on them, make sure you clean it off immediately with a damp cloth before letting it air dry.

* **Storing Plushies Properly:** To ensure that your plushie stays clean and in good condition for years to come, always store them in a dry place away from direct sunlight and moisture.

Best Practices for Machine Washable Plushies

Hand washing your plushie is not always the best way to go, especially if they are marked as machine washable. It is important to take proper care when using a machine, as incorrect settings can damage your beloved toy.

When it comes to machine washing, follow these guidelines:

* Use a gentle cycle and cold water – Hot water can cause shrinkage and discoloration.

* Spot clean any areas that need additional cleaning before you place it in the machine

* If possible, use a mesh laundry bag for smaller stuffed animals or a pillowcase for larger ones. This will help keep them from tangling on one another or becoming misshapen during the washing process.

* Air dry or use the “no heat/air” cycle of your dryer for best results.

These steps will help you keep your plushies looking and feeling like new for years!

All About Dry Cleaning Plushies

Cleaning your plushie doesn't have to be a daunting task - and dry cleaning is the best method for ensuring your toy stays looking fluffy and bright for many years.

Dry cleaning your plushie involves the following steps:

1. Before putting it in the dryer, check for any embedded dirt or debris that may permanently damage the fabric when heated.

2. Place a few towels in the dryer with your plushie, as this will help absorb moisture and reduce static cling.

3. Use a low heat setting, as high temperatures can shrink or melt synthetic fabrics.

4. Check often to ensure your plushie isn't getting too hot and that no dirt is stuck in the fabric fibers - you want to avoid creating any permanent damage or discoloration on your toy's surface.

5. Once done drying, carefully fluff out any tangles or clumped areas of fabric with your fingers or a brush to maintain its soft appearance.

By keeping these simple guidelines in mind, you can give your plushie a good, deep cleaning that will leave it looking like new!

Special Considerations for Removing Stains

Stains can be tricky to remove, and special considerations must be taken when trying to clean them from your plushie. Firstly, you'll want to identify the type of stain – is it a liquid or a solid? Depending on the type of stain, you'll need to adjust your cleaning technique accordingly.

Solid Stains (ex. Dirt)

For solid stains, use a soft bristle brush or toothbrush and gently scrub the area in small circular motions. You may need to apply a bit of mild soap and water to help loosen the dirt, but be sure not to apply too much moisture or soak the material. Avoid scrubbing too harshly as this could cause damage to the fabric. 

Liquid Stains (ex. Chocolate)

For liquid stains, quickly blot it with paper towels or an absorbent cloth before applying soap and water. Don't rub it into the fabric - this will only make it worse! Instead, use light strokes in one direction for best results. Again, avoid using too much water when cleaning – you don't want to shrink or warp your plushie! Once you're done cleaning, allow your plushie time to air dry before considering other steps such as machine washing.

Important Do’s and Don’ts for Plushie Maintenance

Taking care of a plushie is more than just giving it the occasional hug; it also requires regular attention and proper maintenance. To keep your plushie clean and in good shape, there are few simple tips and tricks you should follow.


- Gently brush the fur to remove dirt, dust and debris.

- Use lukewarm water when cleaning or spot treating.

- Hang up or lay flat to dry and never place in the dryer.

- Regularly check for loose strings, seams and buttons.


- Don't use fabric softener or bleach when washing your plushie.

- Don't submerge your plushie in water for extended periods of time.

- Don't use a washing machine to clean your plushie as it can damage the shape or fabric of the toy over time.

Ultimately, with a few simple steps and thoughtful maintenance, you can ensure that your beloved plushies stay soft, cuddly, and full of life for years to come!

Enjoy Having a Fresh, Clean Plushie

Now that you have a plushie that looks and smells like new, you'll be able to enjoy it to the fullest. Here are a few suggestions on how to take care of your plushie so that it lasts as long as possible:

- Make sure your plushie is stored in a cool, dry place and keep it away from direct sunlight or heat sources.

- Inspect your plushie regularly for signs of wear and tear, such as loose stitching or tears. If you do find any damage, make sure to repair or replace it promptly.

- If your plushie isn't machine washable, spot clean it with a damp cloth every few months.

- Be gentle when handling your plushie - harsh treatment could cause damage to the fabric or stuffing.

- Do not iron or use bleach on your plushie; this could cause discoloration or damage the fabric or stuffing.

A properly cared for and cleaned plushie will stay looking and feeling cuddly for many years to come!


Taking the extra steps to clean your plushie is important for your own health and safety, as well as the longevity of your plushie. Whether using a vacuum, a washing machine, or a gentle hand cleaning, the process of cleaning your plushie is easy and stress-free.

Remember to always read the care instructions on your plushie before you begin, then reference the tips and steps outlined in this post. With the right care and attention, your plushie can look and feel as clean and as good as new for years to come.

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