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Cleaning Mildew from a Stuffed Toy

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Stuffies can get wet and if left that way, begin to grow mildew that needs to be removed for the health of your child. This is a guide about removing mildew from a stuffed toy.
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February 17, 2011

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

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February 18, 20110 found this helpful
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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.

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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.

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February 17, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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Thank you very much.

By Jessica

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Removing Mildew from a Stuffed Toy

I think i'd do one or all of these:

  1. Take it to a real Chinese Laundry. They're used to working with very delicate, but very dirty laundry.

  2. Take it to a dry cleaner in the most expensive part of your city. Believe me, they clean the most expensive clothing and may have a solution for you.

  3. I'd try this last and it's my least favorite for your problem: try Dryel. I use it and only send my clothes to the real dry cleaner the third or fourth time. I've had nothing, but good luck with Dryel. The basic kit comes with a spot cleaner to be used before you use the Dryel sheets. I'd be so careful of using this on your precious stuffed animal though.

Good luck, I hope you find a solution.

(06/05/2010)

By metroplex

Removing Mildew from a Stuffed Toy

Perhaps some dilute lemon juice and laying it in the sun. (06/07/2010)

By Lizzyanny

Removing Mildew from a Stuffed Toy

Soak in oxiclean. Be sure to follow directions on container. (06/17/2010)

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