Removing Band-Aids from Stuffed Animals

How do you get Band-Aids off a stuffed cloth animal? They are really stuck to the cloth and rip when I try to pull them off.

Joan from Philadelphia, PA

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November 11, 20080 found this helpful

Put it in the dryer for a couple of minutes. This should soften it up.

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November 11, 20080 found this helpful

This is not tried & true, just an idea on how to remove band-aids from a stuffed animal's fur. Try putting the toy in the freezer & see if the band-aid removes easily. Or use a hair dryer on the band aid, but that might leave sticky

residue. Then you'll have to post for ideas to remove that!

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November 11, 20081 found this helpful

I would recommend laying a warm, damp cloth over the band-aid. Let it set awhile (15-20 minutes should be long enough,) then try gently lifting the band-aid. The moisture should loosen the glue, making it easy to remove, without damaging your stuffed toy.

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November 11, 20080 found this helpful

Try blow drying the band-aid. It will melt the adhesive and then the band-aid should pull off.

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November 12, 20081 found this helpful

Wonder if goo gone would work...it removes stickers. Use a tiny bit.

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March 29, 200911 found this helpful

STOP AND READ FIRST!I have a VERY smart MOM! In a panic I called her and she said "USE HAND CREAM". I used Jergens.

I applied a two drops, (just enough to cover the surface and around the edges), and I smeared it around. Then I started to pick off the band-aid with my nail and it peeled off in one piece! LEAVING NO RESIDUE! NO greasy mess, and no harm to stuffed animal!

Using any heat will melt the glue and cause you more trouble. Freezing it does no good. So try this! It really works!

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December 5, 20152 found this helpful

The lotion worked perfectly ! Thank you so much the tip !

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March 12, 20162 found this helpful

This is AMAZING! It worked perfectly for us as well! Thank you!!

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April 5, 20161 found this helpful

This was the best advice. It worked on a very expensive fleece blanket. Thank you very much for posting this wonderful idea.

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April 27, 20161 found this helpful

Fantastic advice!! Use hand lotion!! Thank you! Worked like a charm.

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May 10, 20161 found this helpful

This worked perfectly. I used Suave lotion and did just what was suggested and it took a few minutes but worked  Thank you

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August 10, 20161 found this helpful

You are the best!!! Thank you for sharing!

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September 25, 20161 found this helpful

This worked perfectly! I'm so grateful. I've never been able to get bandaids off stuffed animals before. Nothing has ever worked before until this!! Awesome!

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October 21, 20161 found this helpful

This worked perfectly! Thank you!!!

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October 21, 20161 found this helpful

Thank you so much!!!! Hand cream saved the day! My daughter has a stuffed lamb that is THE stuffed animal. Nothing can happen to this lamb.

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November 17, 20160 found this helpful

it also works on socks! thank you

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December 20, 20160 found this helpful

Thank you!!! I had a band aid stuck on the cushion of my new couch. I couldn't get it off. This worked! Thank you again!

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January 7, 20170 found this helpful

Thank you for this tip it worked perfectly

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January 17, 20170 found this helpful

Your Mom is brilliant! Thank you so much! My twenty month old granddaughter put a hello kitty band aid on her plush giraffe. She liked it for two weeks, she handed giraffe to me this morning and said band aid off. It ripped in two, the center came off, but the adhesive was stuck tight. Lubriderm did the trick! Thank you!

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February 16, 20102 found this helpful

Thank you so much "ILoveLucy1967"! My 18 month old son recently bumped his head and had to have stitches. To help him with having to wear a band aide, we put one on his favorite friend, a cloth mouse. After just a few days we decided we should take it off, but it just came off in little pieces or not at all. I tried the lotion and it was like magic, the band aide just peeled right off. Thank you for saving "Mouse"! We really appreciate the helpful tip!

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November 26, 20101 found this helpful

I just tried the hand lotion suggestion. Worked perfectly. I learned that you can apply it generously and it works better at saturating through. No need to limit it to a drop or two. I pulled up one edge by picking at it and used a toothpick to push the fur down to help get the Bandaid off completely.

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December 1, 20121 found this helpful

Yes, hand lotion worked pretty well even with a very sticky plastic bandage. Thanks for posting.

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March 4, 20141 found this helpful

I used a bit of hand cream until it saturated the area, and the bandaid pulled off. No residue. Thank you for the tip! Easy and clean.

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February 25, 20160 found this helpful

this is a few years later, but thank Goodness these posts were left up! The lotion did it so quickly! I just put a very small amount of lotion from a pump bottle(this was Cera Ve, but I believe ANY would work - put my finger on top of the band aid area - and it FELL off! I might just have to put a little spray and wash or any stain remover on next time I wash (in my case, this was a fluffy throw I keep near my sofa, in case I get cold).. to take away any kind of oil residue! AMAZING! Thanks so much!

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October 24, 20150 found this helpful

OMG.. Hand lotion that was mentioned previously definitely works. My daughters pants had a band aid infusioned on it! Most likely from the dryer, so heat makes it worse. I tried an ice cube, which didn't do much. But the hand lotion (I used Aveeno) worked great - it took at least 5 times of constantly rubbing the lotion, but within 1 1/2 minutes it was completely off . Yeah!!!

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June 24, 20160 found this helpful

so glad i found this hand cream trick! thank you thank you!

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June 27, 20160 found this helpful

The hand lotion worked! I doubted at first but it slowly came off. Thank you so much!

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January 3, 20170 found this helpful

Don't worry, this method using rubbing alcohol WILL work! Instead of panicking, just tell your child that their belived stuffed animal needs their special doctoring skills for their first surgery: a bandaid-ectomy! Try to make this a fun learning experience instead of a stressful one.

Don't worry, RUBBING ALCOHOL will fix this! Here are the supplies you'll need: 1) rubbing alcohol, 2) Q-tip, 3) small bowl, 4) flat-tipped tweezers, 5) color-safe work surface, like a tray.

NOTE: it is possible that alcohol will remove some color or cause it to bleed, so test first on a hidden section of material, and proceed slowly and with care. However, I have tested this on a number of plush toys in all different colors (including bright red), and not one had any damage or bleeding of color at all. Even if color does bleed a bit, the plush toy itself will not be damaged (unless a part of it is glued together - think glued-in plastic googly-eyes).

A BONUS: Alcohol dries/evaporates quickly, and the minimal odor of the alcohol will also dissipate quickly for a no-mess solution!

STEP 1

Pour a small amount (~1 tablespoon) of rubbing alcohol in a small bowl or cup. Using Q-tip, dip in alcohol and swab entire outer surface of bandage, especially the outer edges. Wait 10-15 seconds for alcohol to dissolve bandage adhesive.

STEP 2

Using flat-tipped tweezers (NOT point tweezers, which are more likely to accidentally grab material and damage it), gently scrape the edge of the bandage using just one end of the tweezers (in open position) until a small portion of the bandage is lifted. Then using both ends (in closed position), gently grab the bandage and slowly lift until the entire bandage is removed.

If bandage resists removal, or breaks into smaller pieces which remain stuck, reapply alcohol (STEP 1) and try again. Just be patient, this WILL work.

Alternative Method Without Tweezers: If you don't have tweezers, cut the bandage in half through the middle of the section with the absorbent pad (where there is no adhesive). This will give you a small place to grab the bandage with your fingers to lift it off.

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