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OT-How Do You Clean Very Dusty Stuffed Animals?

Last post Oct 10, 2005 1:51 PM by qagal . 13 replies.


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  • OT-How Do You Clean Very Dusty Stuffed Animals?
    I have a small collection of stuffed animals that have been sitting on a shelf up high for years. They are extremely dusty. I hate to even move them. We are getting ready to move in late November and I want to clean them up for a moving sale. I'v thought about putting them in the dryer with no heat, just tumble. Does anybody have any suggestions?

    Denise
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  • RE: OT-How Do You Clean Very Dusty Stuffed Animals?
    I have always heard to do just what you mentioned. If you have a vacuum cleaner with attachments, you could vacuum them off.
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  • RE: OT-How Do You Clean Very Dusty Stuffed Animals?
    You could also put in one of the Dry-Clean sheets with it (not a fabric softener), which may help get it clean without washing.
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  • RE: OT-How Do You Clean Very Dusty Stuffed Animals?
    I always used to put them in the dryer on fluff--it blows a lot of the dust off them. Some of the worst ones, I tossed in the washer--some survived, some didn't, but I figured it was a last stop before the trash can anyway.
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  • RE: OT-How Do You Clean Very Dusty Stuffed Animals?
    Vacuum them off first if you can and then toss in the dryer (No heat) with a damp, but not wet old towel. This will collect the dust. I would do just a few at a time as not to overload them. A good spray with Fabreze after they are finished and allowed to air for awhile before packing or sitting back out.
    This is what my DD does to the GD's collection every few months.

    Nancy
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  • RE: OT-How Do You Clean Very Dusty Stuffed Animals?
    Thanks for all the recommendations. I knew I could count on the BB folks to help me out.

    Denise
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  • RE: OT-How Do You Clean Very Dusty Stuffed Animals?
    If it were me, I'd take them down, blow them off with a vacuum cleaner and then brush them off with a damp microfiber cloth. That 'new' cloth seems to attract dust and it won't do so much damage to the animals, as much as a dryer. (Most of my son's animals have small parts that wouldn't survive the heat of a dryer.) At least, this works with his. Just a thought. Trish
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  • RE: OT-How Do You Clean Very Dusty Stuffed Animals?
    You know - I happened to remember when I had accumulated a lot of those little "household hints" columns (like Heloise), tidbits, etc. - I had finally gathered them together (for the family) & put them into a booklet & saved on 3 disks.

    Here is what I'd found years ago (I don't remember that I used it even though my DD had lots of stuffed animals - simply gave back to her when she got married) .....

    STUFFED TOYS (cleaning):
    Clean with dry cornstarch. Rub in, let stand briefly and brush off.

    Good Luck,
    Dar
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  • RE: OT-How Do You Clean Very Dusty Stuffed Animals?
    I heard of putting them in a pillowcase or mesh bag and then putting them through the washer and dryer.
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  • RE: OT-How Do You Clean Very Dusty Stuffed Animals?
    I do what Darvr does but
    put them in a mesh bag in the
    dryer to fluff the dust off

    Haven't lost a baby yet!


    Kate
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  • RE: OT-How Do You Clean Very Dusty Stuffed Animals?
    Thank you for all of your great suggestions. I just have to get up the nerve to haul them down from their shelf. I'm going to be sneezing like crazy. Maybe I can sweet talk DH into it.

    Denise
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  • RE: OT-How Do You Clean Very Dusty Stuffed Animals?
    I also put them in a mesh bag in the dryer, with no heat, a it not only gets rid of the dust but it fluffs them up. I do the same with bed pillows. It is amazing the dust and dirt that collect in them. thanks
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  • RE: OT-How Do You Clean Very Dusty Stuffed Animals?
    I have a rainbow vacuum and I have put them in a leaf (sturdy) bag and taken the attachment and the vacuum sucked it down to just nothing-couch cusions the same way.
    Good Luck.
    Angie
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  • RE: OT-How Do You Clean Very Dusty Stuffed Animals?
    I mix together some cornstarch and Johnson's baby powder, sprinkle all over the stuffed toy, let it sit for about 30 minutes, then brush it off.

    works fine.

    doris
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