Some stuffed animals can’t be washed in the washing machine. Baking soda can be the answer and help you really clean the stuffies without any issues to electronics.
The classic tip says that you should simply place the stuffed animal in a bag, sprinkle some baking soda, shake it and leave it for a while. That may work for gentle sufrace cleaning of stuffies that are not too dirty.
Some stuffies though have stayed in dusty places for long amounts of time. The way to clean them requires a bit of elbow grease and a few extra tricks.
The results will vary according to the type of material the stuffed animal is made out of. Also if it is too furry or not.
Depending on those factors and the degree of dirt, you may have to redo the procedure a couple of times until you get the desired results.
Here’s how to clean a stuffed animal with baking soda
First you can sprinkle some baking soda on the stuffed animal, gently rub it in and leave the toy for about an hour. Then take a towel or a soft cloth and wipe the fur with applying a little force. No good?
Then it is time for Plan B. Take a little more baking soda and sprinkle it on part of the toy. Then take a damp cloth and start wiping the fur again with some force, but not too much as you don’t want to damage the material.
This time the results should be visible both on the toy and the cloth. The part of the toy should be a little cleaner while the cloth should now be a little dirty.
If needed sprinkle some more baking soda and damp the cloth again (not too much though, you don’t want it to be soaking wet).
Now take a dry cloth and wipe the toy again. You don’t want it to get wet.
Then take a clean damp cloth and wipe the toy again. You do this as a rinse from the baking soda.
Then wipe with the dry cloth again. Your stuffie should now be much cleaner. Of course the results will vary depening on the state.
Our tests on this very dirty stuffed duck have proved promising. You can see how dirty the head was, but after just one baking soda treatment you can now see a much whiter patch.