How Do You Clean a Teddy Bear in the Washing Machine?
Some teddy bears and soft toys should not be machine washed, even on a delicate cycle – like teddy bears made from natural fibers like wool, those stuffed with foam beads, and those that are old, fragile, or embellished with buttons, sequins, or glued-on eyes.
For those soft toys that are safe to put in the machine, follow these instructions:
- Remove any items of clothing the bear may be wearing, so they don’t get tangled in the wash.
- Repair any holes and remove any hanging threads.
- Place the bear in a net bag designed for washing delicates, or a pillowcase.
- Wash in warm to cool water on a delicate or hand-wash cycle with a Persil bio or colour liquid detergent.
Avoid hot water washes as these can damage the fabric of your bear, and be careful to wash the bear with like colours to avoid colour run.
If you’re air-drying teddy, use a towel to squeeze the excess water out, and lay it flat in the sun. Some bears should not be hung on a line to dry as this could be damaging. Use a clean hairbrush or comb to fluff up dried fur.