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How to clean teddy bear

It is important to wash your child’s favourite teddy bear regularly to make sure it is clean and hygienic. A clean teddy bear is also incredibly soft, which your child will like! So, do you want to know how to clean a big teddy bear? Our tips will help you clean your teddy bear in no time!

Key Steps:

  • The label on your child’s teddy bear should provide you with washing guidelines.
  • Do not put the teddy bear in hot water as this could damage its fabric and fur.
  • Put the teddy bear in a pillow cover, which protects the teddy bear from any accidents.
  • Let the clean teddy bear dry in the shade, as direct sunlight is often too harsh and might stiffen the fur of your child’s beloved soft toy.

Children love to play with their favourite toys, and do this in many different ways! They bite, chew, and suck on them, so you will not always have that perfectly clean teddy bear all the time! This is no problem of course, but you should know how to clean a teddy bear, so your child can enjoy a care-free playtime. So, how do you clean a teddy bear? It is easy, just make sure that they are washed with care, by following our tips!

How to clean teddy bear Fur

Sometimes, the teddy bear has just a few spots on it – this could be some ice cream or chocolate, which has gotten onto its paws. The best way to deal with this is as follows:

  1. First, read the label to figure out the cleaning advice.
  2. When there are just a few spots, it is often okay to lightly dampen the stained area – be careful not want to soak it too much though!
  3. Take a microfiber cloth, and apply a small amount of Surf Excel. Again, remember to read the label, and test it on a small area of the teddy before cleaning the whole bear!
  4. Gently dab the stain away
  5. Clean the stained area with a clean, damp cloth. Putting the teddy bear under running water is also an option, but make sure that it does not become too soaked with water.
  6. Let the clean teddy bear dry by keeping in on a towel or hanging it somewhere in the house.

Usually, the quicker the better when it comes to cleaning your child’s favourite toy, so make sure to check the label to see whether it can be machine washed or needs to be hand washed.

How do you clean a teddy bear in the Washing Machine

Just knowing how to clean a big teddy bear is most likely not enough, you will also need to first take the teddy bear away from your child. We have some tips:

  • Make sure to do it while they are sleeping so they do not notice it being washed.
  • Or try to explain to your child that their teddy needs to ‘go on holiday’ or ‘have a hair wash’!

Again, be sure to check the label! Some teddy bears are not meant to be machine washed, such as the ones made from natural fibres like wool, or those stuffed with foam. Furthermore, it is best if you keep old, fragile, or teddy bears with a lot of buttons and embelishments out of the washing machine.

When teddy bears are allowed to be machine washed, follow the following instructions:

  1. Remove any items of clothing that can be taken off from the teddy.
  2. Stitch up any holes or tears and cut off loose or hanging threads.
  3. Put the teddy bear in a pillow cover to protect it.
  4. Wash the teddy bear on delicate or on hand-wash cycle with Surf Excel detergent.

Do not soak it in hot water as this might damage the materials of your child’s favourite teddy bear. Plus, if it is not of good quality, the colour can leak and fade away.

Now, cover the clean teddy bear with a towel, to squeeze out any water from the bear, and put it to dry in the shade. This way, the direct sunlight will not harm the teddy bear, and it will not become stiff. Afterwards, be sure to brush the bear to fluff up the fur again, and watch your child enjoy his or her favourite clean teddy bear again!

How to clean teddy bear through hand wash

Teddy bears a great friends of our children, but sometimes they get a little bit old and worn down. If you’re unsure of washing it yourself, It is always a good idea to dry clean teddy bear to make it as good as new again. Old teddy bears are often a little more fragile, so they should be spot-cleaned or taken to a dry cleaner. However, if you think the old teddy bear can handle a hand-wash, follow these steps:

  1. Put on a pair of rubber gloves.
  2. Fill up a bowl with normal temperature water, and add some Surf Excel detergent. Be sure to read the instructions.
  3. Soak the teddy bear, during which you should shake and rub with your fingers in massaging motions.
  4. Drain the soapy water and rinse the teddy bear until all the soap has been washed off the clean teddy bear.
  5. Squeeze the teddy bear to remove any water, and then put the clean teddy bear in the shade to avoid damaging the old materials.

Top Tip


It’s important to remember to be gentle. Always read the label, and use a laundry detergent like Surf Excel to get the perfect clean teddy bear!