Day 186 – Washing Stuffed Animals


The little man has two stuffed animals that he’s really attached to, Fozzie Bear and Elmo. Sadly, Elmo took a spill in a mud puddle the other day and needed his first bath. Luckily, the little man thought this was really funny and didn’t mind napping without him that day.

Fill a large bowl or container with about a tablespoon of HE laundry detergent and fill it with warm water. HE detergent is recommended because it doesn’t get as sudsy as regular detergent. The regular stuff will still work if that all you have though.

Dip a clean white washcloth into the detergent solution and leave the cloth fairly wet, but not soaking. Gently rub the animal in a circular motion.

Lightly wet another white washcloth with cool water and rinse the animal by again rubbing in a gentle circular motion.

Dry your animal by hanging it outside or in front of a fan. After a photo op on the drying rack, a little time in the heat of the sun had Elmo dry in no time.

His fur isn’t quite the same now, but I kind of expected that. It isn’t quite as soft as it was before, but the little man doesn’t seem to mind at all. I’m sure it will soften up a little more in the next few days.

Mama’s Laundry Talk



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2 Comments… Share your views

  1. I heard that if you apply a little fabric softener to them that helps the softness. Another thing you can do is before they even play with them scotch gaurd them for the future!

  2. I just throw stuffed animals into a pillowcase, tie a knot in the top and throw them in the washing machine. I remember this being the way my mom washed my cabbage patch kids when I was little, to keep the hair from getting messed up. After air drying, you can throw them in the dryer for 5 minutes on low heat and the fur should soften up.

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