Stuffed animals can be cleaned up and refurbished for a new life with a loving child. This is a guide about refurbishing stuffed animals.
I was wondering if you could tell me where I could get a stuffed dog's back legs, both. This dog has "hard jointed bone" under his stuffing. The legs use to bend and he could stand up. I am trying to fix my daughter's favorite "friend" and his legs are broken and about to fall off. I can not send it to a doll hospital to be fixed she cannot be without him.
Do you know where to purchase them?
You may have to find a similar toy and perform a transplant operation.
If you can find a brand new version of the exact same animal, this could work as well, if you have the right story. When I was little, my mom purchased more than one copy of my favorite stuffed toy, unbeknownst to me. When she wanted to switch out my old, faded, worn toy, she'd tell me that Kitten was going to the spa and she'd come back as good as new.
She'd take the old toy and later the same day introduce the new one.
If your child is not familiar with the miraculous properties of the health spa, you could use the term "hospital."
How do I get the smell of cigarettes out of stuffed animals? I have washed them in hot water with detergent plus white vinegar, and then put them in the dryer on hot, yet they still smell.
First; take those cigarettes away from the children; this should be a good lesson to them as to how difficult it is to get rid of nicotine.
Secondly; set the stuffed animals out in the fresh air for a month or three (weather protected of course) or third: bag stuffed items with Activated Charcoal.
Take the stuffed animals and put them in a plastic garbage sack with a dryer sheet in them. Tie the bag up in put in the freezer for 2-3 days. This not only kills the smells, but also all bacteria and lice that can be found on stuffed animals.
Try Odorban it works.You can get it at Walmart in the cleaning section.
My granddaughter's favorite teddy bear was left wet in a plastic bag. It is now green and black with mold. How can I save it for her?
By Sue from Collierville, TN
Something like this happened with my daughter's favorite toy when she was a toddler. I had that terrible sinking feeling when I found it. I don't think hers was as bad as yours, but this is what I did (as I remember it -- it's been about 7 years).
I know that I used tea tree oil on it. I don't remember if I added it to the wash, or if I soaked it. I had a spray bottle with tea tree oil and water, so I probably just saturated the toy with that and let it sit for a while. I remember that I soaked in Oxy-clean. And hot water for the wash. I probably washed it a couple times.
I might have added Borax to the wash, and I always used vinegar in the rinse. I know that I would not have used chlorine bleach. I don't like chlorine bleach anyway, and I certainly would not have used it on my daughter's toy.
It worked for me. I think it was the tea tree oil and the Oxi-Clean that took care of it. I know that I soaked it for a long time before putting it through the washer. Good luck with your granddaughter's teddy bear.
It's worth trying mrs.Story's idea but if that mold is as bad as it sounds I think it might be better healthwise to try to find a new teddy bear that looks as close as possible to the current one.
I have a stuffed bear that when the paw is pressed it sang a song. This no longer works. The batteries have been changed and tested so it is not the batteries. I would like to find someone who can fix this musical feature of the bear. This is not the only one that I have that is broken.
By Barbara from Lakewood Ranch, FL
You might try a jewelry store that does watch repair. We once had a watch repairman at a jewelry store repair a very expensive music box. I hope you can find someone to help you. All the best, Julia in Boca Raton, FL
At craft stores carry the individual musical devices that can be placed in stuffed animals. They come in different tunes. And can be put into the paw of your bear. It might not be the same musical tune as the original, but it would be music.
The device has a little raised button on its top side. When you press the paw of the animal, it activates the music, then it plays the tune.
Sorry I cannot think of the exact name of this little device. But your craft store will know what you are talking about. These little devices are also found in the catalogs for crocheters and knitters. They are designed to go in the little animals, or puppets or whatever. They are not terribly expensive either.
Hope this helps you.
Does the bear still have the makers tag on it? If you can locate the company they may be able to give you a solution to it or send you a replacement. My niece had a talking doll that stopped talking and the company that made it replaced it for free.
Where can I take an old stuffed monkey that I want to get "reclothed"? The cloth is old, and he needs to be patched up.
Libby from Colorado Springs, Colorado
Look online for a doll hospital.
Those of us who watch Antiques Roadshow know you shouldn't try to fix up a possible antique before you get a professional opinion on its value as is. If the toy is old and/or collectible, it might be worth more just the way it is. Just a thought.
Try a tailor or a dressmaker. If it's an antique, leave it alone because the value will drop significantly if it is altered.
If it's just an old favorite stuffed toy whose only value is sentimental, then you could always go to a cloth shop and peruse the pattern books.
How do I remove the mini music box from a stuffed animal? (I can't get the wind-up key disconnected from the actual box)
rkay82 from Indiana
There should be a seam on the back of the stuffed animal. Carefully open the seam and remove music box and hand sew closed. If there isn't a seam make a small slit in the material, remove box and stitch it closed by hand sewing.
This year, a lot of us will be shopping the thrift stores and yard sales for Bunnies to fill our Easter Baskets. There is nothing in the world like seeing a child on Easter morning hugging that sweet Easter bunny. So I am going to give you some ideas on how to clean up those Easter Rabbits that you find at your favorite thrift store or yard sale.
As any one of you knows that read my articles regularly, I am a big fan of helping others in need. Again at this time of year, there will be a lot of kids that won't be getting an Easter basket. I firmly believe that our teenagers should be taught about community service young and that helping out should be a habit, not just something we do on special occasions like Christmas and Easter, but this would be a great project for a Girl Scout group or a church youth group to do. Everyone loves Easter baskets and Easter baskets could even be made up for a senior center or community center. There is nothing like spreading the joy, believe me. Also this is the time to contact your local community center or Senior Center about making up baskets, They will be able to tell you just how many to make and you will have enough time to make them.
I hope this gives you some great ideas on how you can save money on your bunnies. I wish you all a wonderful Easter with lots of egg hunts and beautiful weather.
May I know what is the safest and most effect way of removing mildew on a stuffed animal without discoloration and thinning of the silk-like material? Her face has yellowish-brown spots and at times, with little things crawling. Will vinegar "thin or corrode" the material? The stuffed toy is very delicate and precious.
Thank you very much.
I think i'd do one or all of these:
Good luck, I hope you find a solution.
Perhaps some dilute lemon juice and laying it in the sun. (06/07/2010)
Soak in oxiclean. Be sure to follow directions on container. (06/17/2010)
How do you clean large stuffed animals?
By Gramadynamyte from London, Canada
I put them in a laundry bag and wash on gentle in the machine. Then I reset the washer to do a HI spin. This doesn't hurt it, but removes as much water as possible. Then I put it in the dryer with a large towel and set it for low and just dry it a short time (still wet, but not as wet). I take it out of the dryer and bag and put it somewhere to finish drying. When it's almost totally dry I put it back in the dryer for a fluffing. (05/09/2009)
I treat them like furniture and wash them the way I wash upholstery. I have a vacuum machine for wet pickup and after I suds up and rinse I pick up the water with that. (05/12/2009)
If they'll fit in the washer and dryer, I put mine in. If not, I take them outside in a big tub and wash them by hand and let them air dry outside. Once they are dry, I toss them in the dryer and let them go for about 15 minutes or so to puff them back up. (05/13/2009)
How do I remove the smell of cigarette smoke from stuffed animals without using too many chemicals?
Gaylebear from Flemington, NJ
Try taking the stuffed animals outside on a sunny breezy day. Or how about spraying with Febreeze and tossing in the dryer for a few minutes? (09/18/2006)
By Connie from MD
Wash them in the washing machine. Most stuffed animals come out looking and smelling fabulous! (09/19/2006)
When I quit smoking, my house smelled horrible! I wanted to clean and freshen everything up. My dd had gobs of stuffed animals. I wasn't confident enough to put them in the washer (didn't know if the eyes, bows, nose, etc. would fall off), so I put them in the dryer on permanent press and low-heat with a white T-shirt dampened with white vinegar and 3 tennis balls. I didn't want to use fabric sheets, they would hide the smell but not clean the animals. The stuffed animals came out clean, fluffy, smelling fresh and all parts intact! (09/19/2006)
Throw them in the dryer with a dryer sheet. Set on air only. (04/03/2008)
By Gary Dominicus
Stuffed Animals can be nice, but do get dusty. Years ago when my kids were small and had stuffed animals, I received this tip on an easy way to clean them & it works great.