Stuffed animals can be cleaned up and refurbished for a new life with a loving child. This is a guide about refurbishing stuffed animals.
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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.
By Debra Frick
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Here are questions related to Refurbishing Stuffed Animals.
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.
Try Odorban it works.You can get it at Walmart in the cleaning section.
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
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.
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
Natures miracle the dog spot remover. It took the mold out of a heavy drape I had. Good luck. Nice that you care.
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
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.
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
By Mary (Guest Post) 04/22/2008
Try unscrewing the key BACKWARDS. Some of them go on that way
so you don't unwind while using it!
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."
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Does anyone have any tips for cleaning stuffed toys? I have some toys that I would like to give to friends that have children but would like to spiff them up before I do.
Debbie from Little Rock, AK
Pop them right in your washing machine with normal amount of detergent. I try to remember to add a bath towel or two to help even out the load. Air dry or use your dryer to get them started. I help clean several hundred donated stuffed animals for our "Share Your Christmas" program and have great luck with this method. Just check to make sure the seams are good and tight, and also that items such as sewn on eyes are still secure. (04/03/2006)
I buy them at garage sales, so I have to clean those up! What I do is: put them into a pillowcase or lingerie bag. Seal it shut and wash on the delicate cycle in the washer. Then I either air dry or put in the dryer on tumble dry. They look nice and smell great! Hope this helps! :) (04/03/2006)
Hi, I wash them with the towels, and then throw them in the dryer. They look new. Loretta (04/03/2006)
DON'T PUT THEM IN THE DRYER! Most stuffed animals have fur that will mat very easily if even a little over-dried. I always wash them and spin them at least two times. Then hang them by ears or something. I also always use a little fabric softener -- makes them smell great and fur stays soft. (04/03/2006)
We have always left our in the pillow case and just put it in the dryer and never had any problems. (04/04/2006)
If they're dusty, put them in a plastic trash bag, insert your vacuum wand, close bag around wand, and suck out dust. (04/04/2006)
By Dotty L
I place stuffed animals in the leg of an old panty hose. I dry some in dryer and others I hang to dry. (04/06/2006)
If the animal is too large for the washing machine, take a soft brush and use the suds of a detergent as a "dry cleaning" method. (04/21/2006)
Hello, My tip is for the smaller stuffed ones, Take the animal, put it into hot water *not BOILING* and wash with dawn and/or fabric softener. then put them out to dry. I don't put them in the dryer because in reality it can mess up their fur and it isn't good fro them. then nice it's dry. you can snuggle! :) (07/16/2007)
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. I since have passed this on for my kids to clean the grand kid's animals. Place the animal in a paper bag, add corn meal, and shake the bag for a minute or so. Let stand for several hours. Brush the corn meal off. This absorbs the oils and grease. Repeat if necessary.
Source: Tip: Received from a friend.
By Carolyn from Floral Park, NY
I put them in pillow cases, either zip or pin them shut and wash away. Any animals not meant for the washer are not meant to be in the house anyway (filler content). But be careful when drying them. Some stuffed toys have hair like furry, etc. Air dry those, the fibers will melt in the dryer. Found out the hard way as well as my winter coat had a hood with the similar fur on it. Melted like I had held a candle match to it! (11/25/2008)
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
How do you clean large stuffed animals?
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?