When your kids’ favorite stuffed animal is so well-loved that it gets horribly dirty, you can’t always throw it in the wash. A lot of plus animals are spot-clean only. For those you can machine wash, simply follow the directions and preferably put it in a zippered pillowcase or mesh bag, allowing it to air dry when clean (unless the tag says you can put it in the dryer on low or air fluff). But for stuffed animals you can’t machine wash, here are some different ways to clean them.
Put the stuffed animal in a plastic garbage bag. Then add about half a cup of baking soda to the bag. If the animal is especially small or large, adjust the amount of baking soda accordingly. Just use your best judgement. Close the bag or tie the top in a knot, and shake it around for a few minutes. Afterward, let it rest in the bag for about 20 minutes to absorb any odors.
When you remove the toy from the bag, simply shake, brush, or vacuum off any extra baking soda. If you have stains, spot clean them at this point with a damp cloth and a mild soap, such as liquid dish detergent or baby shampoo.