As of the time of this writing, the washing instructions located @ MyPillowPets.com instruct us to place our pets into a white pillow case, tie the end off and launder it in the washing machine using cold water on the gentle cycle. It also states that “All Pillow Pets products require the same care.” This is UNTRUE – Do not launder Pillow Pets that contain electronics using this method or they will break. Scented pets can be laundered this way, but it will remove the scent.
The following instructions will explain how to safely wash the various Pillow Pet products.
Washing Instructions for Regular Pillow Pets
This method is safe for all non-electronic, non-scented pillow pets. At the time of this writing, these include Pillow Pets, Pillow Pets XL, Jumboz, and Body Pillars. We recommend monthly cleaning for stuffed animals that are favorites of our little ones.
- In addition to regular washing, regular vacuuming of your pillow pet can keep it cleaner longer.
- Pretreat any spots with a stain stick or your regular pre-treating methods.
- Inspect the toy for split seams or other damage that could worsen in the washing machine and repair.
- Place the pet inside a zippered mesh bag, or tie it off in a white pillow case (white to avoid dye transfer).
- Launder in your washing machine using cold water on the gentle cycle. Include other clothing or towels to balance out the load.
- If you would prefer not to use regular detergent, you can substitute 2 cups of vinegar and 1 cup of baking soda.
Washing Instructions for Electronic Pillow Pets
At the time of this writing, electronic pillow pets include Glow Pets and Dream Lites. These cannot be washing in the washing machine or submerged in water.
- Begin by thoroughly vacuuming the stuffed animal to remove as much soil as is possible.
- Fill a large bowl or bucket with one of the following:
- Your favorite upholstery cleaner
- Woolite and water
- Your regular laundry detergent and water
- Agitate the cleaning solution until you have a ton of suds sitting on the top.
- Using a sponge or folded terrycloth towel, sponge a small amount of suds only (don’t submerge it!) onto the soiled areas, gently rub and then immediately wipe it off with a clean, dry towel. Use as little of the suds as is possible to avoid the soap and dirt from wicking deeper into the toy.
- Moisten another sponge or towel with clean water and and repeat the above process to rinse out the soap you’ve just applied.
- Dry immediately as best as you can using a clean, dry towel. Rub with the nap of the fur. If you have a wet/dry vac (also known as a shop-vac), this can be used to suck most of the moisture out.
- Set the animal someplace well ventilated to dry.
- When completely dry, run a soft brush or comb over it to fluff it back up.
Dry Washing a Pillow Pet
Here is a method that can be used for all pillow pets, electronic or not.
- Place your pillow pet into a plastic garbage bag, and add 1-3 cups of baking soda or corn starch (Larger pillow pets = more powder)
- Shake the bag vigorously to completely cover the toy with the powder.
- Let it sit overnight to allow the baking soda or corn starch time to absorb oils and soil.
- Remove the corn starch or baking soda by first brushing and beating as much out as is possible, and then finish by vacuuming out the rest. Large amounts of corn starch or baking soda can damage your vacuum, so don’t skip the first part of the step.
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