How to Clean Old Dirty Beanie Babies

By Heather Mark

Ty, Inc. introduced Beanie Babies in 1993. Whether your Beanie collection dates back that far or is more recent, there's always a chance these collectible toys are starting to show their age. Because of their sentimental value or their value as a collectible item you probably don't want to throw them in the washing machine. With a little TLC and some elbow grease your Beanie Babies will come out looking great and smelling fresh.

Wipe down your Beanie Baby with a soft, damp cloth to remove any dust or loose debris.

Dilute a small amount of liquid laundry detergent with water. The density of the detergent will determine how much you'll have to dilute. Obviously you'll need to use less of a super-ultra-concentrate formula than a regular one. When you swish the mixture around and you get a few suds on the surface, you're good. Lots of bubbles indicate too much detergent.

Using the soft cloth, apply the detergent/water mix to the Beanie Baby. Give it a good scrub to loosen any embedded grime.

Spot treat any stains with a spray carpet cleaner. Spray on a tiny amount (or apply with a cotton swab) and let sit for no longer than five minutes. Wipe off with a damp cloth or sponge. Remember, a little carpet cleaner goes a long way.

Towel him off with a dry towel or cloth. For most Beanie Babies the towel will be enough to fluff up the fur. If it needs more fluffing, brush the fabric with a bristle hair brush to give it some lift. For matted bits of fur use a plastic comb.

Have your Beanie Baby drycleaned if the grime is particularly stubborn.

Tip

Be sure to check for colorfastness by testing the detergent and spray cleaner on a less visible part of the Beanie Baby.

About the Author

Heather Mark is a writer and traveler living in Central Florida. Her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "International Travel News," "Pregnancy Magazine," "The Orlando Sentinel" and "The Atlanta Journal-Constitution." Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts in visual and media arts from Emerson College.