There are so many ways your child’s favourite toy can get grubby: babies and toddlers love to suck on soft ears and hands; teddy bear picnics often end with sticky paws; and if your son or daughter has fallen ill, their lovey will need to be cleaned of germs. But beloved bears are more than stuffed toys to your child, so they will need to be washed with care.
How to clean teddy bear fur
Sometimes all you really need to do is spot clean teddy – particularly if it’s only a dab or two of ice-cream or honey that he’s got on his paws. The best way to do this is to:
- First, read the care label to find out any cleaning advice.
- If the care label says that spot cleaning is ok, then lightly dampen the stained area – you don’t want to soak it!
- Apply a small amount of liquid OMO detergent to a microfiber cloth.
- Gently dab the stain away.
- Rinse the area by using a clean, damp cloth. You could also rinse the area under running water, but be careful not to let the toy get too saturated.
- Let the clean teddy bear air dry.
In general, the faster you’re able to wash your child’s favourite toy, the better, so be sure to check the bear’s care label to find out if it can be washed in the machine and tumble dried.
How do you clean a teddy bear in the washing machine?
Knowing how to clean teddy bears in the washing machine won’t be enough, you’ll also need to know how to separate the bear from its owner first! Our advice:
- Make sure you have an identical spare soft toy right from the start to swap in or out whenever one needs to be washed (or goes missing).
- Or try to explain to your child that their teddy needs to ‘go on holiday’ or ‘have a hair wash’!
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.