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How to Clean Old Dirty Beanie Babies

By Heather Mark ; Updated April 18, 2017

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.

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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.

Things You Will Need

  • Soft cloth
  • Gentle laundry detergent
  • Spray carpet cleaner
  • Cotton swab
  • Bristle hair brush
  • Comb
  • Dry towel


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

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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.

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