Cleaning Stuffed Toys

December 7, 2009

Cleaning Stuffed ToysHow do you clean a stuffed bear and a doll and its hair?

By elle44 from Humansville, MO



December 8, 20090 found this helpful

If your bear or stuffed toys are soft and huggable you should be able to toss in the washer and dryer. I once owned a thrift store and all the soft stuffed toys were machine washed and dried and then given to the children of customers. They came out like new.

With dolls, I simply washed them by hand with soap and water and shampooed their hair. I used regular conditioner on it and curled it on small rollers. Let it dry (which can take a day or two) and carefully comb out.
Unfortunately, hard stuffed toys cannot be washed and can only be spot cleaned. Older dolls that have value should be professionally cleaned.

December 11, 20090 found this helpful

My youngest was in to Cabbage Patch KIds, The instructions I was given was to wrap them in a bath towel and tie in a pillow case. Wash in warm water and mild detergent on gentle cycle. Air dry. Never had a problem doing it this way.

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February 8, 2015

How do you remove hardened toffee in the short hair of a stuffed bear? Is there a safe way to heat it and remove with a fine tooth comb?

By Roberta L.


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December 4, 20170 found this helpful

Try heating it with a blow dryer to soften it. If that won't work, try freezing it to see if it will break off. Is the bear washable??

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January 20, 2013

How do you clean stuffed toys?

By Jean


January 20, 20130 found this helpful

I have faced similar problems cleaning my kids stuffed toys, I used to think how do I it, because my kid always likes to play with them and even in the night. I have tried a few steps by referring on


Hope it works for you too :)

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January 9, 2008

How do you clean a stuffed animal that has a wind-up music box inside?

Josephine from MI


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January 9, 20080 found this helpful

Sprinkle them with baking soda, let sit overnight. Next day brush them out thoroughly.

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