How to Clean Beanie Babies


Elizabeth asked: How do I clean beanie babies?

Beanie babies are popular toys and collectables for both young and old. Their fur can quickly collect dust and dirt making cleanings a necessity. If your beanies are collectables, you will want to take every precaution to keep them in top shape to protect their value. Here are some cleaning steps to keep your beanie babies clean and in excellent condition.

You Will Need:

  • Vacuum cleaner with attachments
  • Soft cloths
  • Water
  • Mild soap or detergent (optional)
  • Plastic covers for tags (optional)
  • Soft brush or comb

Steps to Clean the Beanie Babies:

  1. Prior to any cleaning, inspect the beanie babies for any areas of weakness such as loosening stitches, decorations, etc. An optional step is to place a protective cover over each tag to prevent any damage to the tag during cleaning.
  2. Begin by vacuuming each beanie baby with the hose and attachments to remove dust and surface dirt.
  3. If there are still soiled areas, moisten a soft cloth with water and use it to gently wipe the dirt away. Use caution to only moisten the surface of the beanie. Do not allow it to become saturated with water.
  4. Avoid scrubbing too hard as this can damage the surface of the materials.
  5. If the beanie is very soiled, add in a few drops of mild soap or detergent into the water before cleaning.
  6. When the dirt is removed, allow the beanie to air dry completely.
  7. If there is long fur or hair on the beanie, use a comb or soft brush to brush the fur and restore the original nap and look.

Additional Tips and Ideas

  • It is never advisable to place beanie babies in the washer and dryer for cleaning. Their delicate fabrics can easily become damaged and/or shrink.
  • For collectable beanie babies, it is recommended that you store them in plastic protective containers. This will allow them to remain on display while keeping away dirt and dust. It also helps to preserve their value as they will not require frequent cleanings.


  1. Some of my beanies got wet during a recent flood. The above method will not work. Any other suggestions?

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