How to Clean Stuffed Animals With Batteries


There are several kinds of stuffed animals on the market and some of them have batteries or electronic devices inside the stuffed animals to make them say things, vibrate, or make noises. With regular types of stuffed animals, it takes very little effort to run them through the washing machine and dryer. With electronically enhanced stuffed animals, you cannot put them in the washing machine because you will short circuit the electronic devices within the toy.

Things You'll Need

  • Lint roller
  • Stain remover spray
  • Old toothbrush
  • Fine toothed comb
  • Fabric refresher spray.
  • Run the lint roller all over the stuffed animal.

  • Spray any stains or dingy areas with the stain remover spray. Wait 10 minutes and scrub with an old toothbrush until the stains are removed.

  • Brush over the stuffed animal with the fine toothed comb to remove food particles and other rough spots. Spray the stain remover on any newly discovered stains or spots. Brush with the comb again.

  • Spray the stuffed animal with a fabric refresher and allow the stuffed animal to air dry before replacing it in the bedroom or play room.

Tips & Warnings

  • Stain remover examples are Shout!, OxiClean, and Zout. Fabric refreshers include Febreeze and off-brand labeled fabric refreshers. Make your own fabric refresher with a ½ cup white distilled vinegar, 10 drops of lavender essential oil, and 3 cups of warm water in a spray bottle. Shake well and spritz over the fabric.
  • Do not submerge or saturate the battery cover and/or terminal of the stuffed animal with liquid. Failure to keep the battery cover and/or terminal dry will result in short circuiting, electric shock, and possibly fire.

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