Tuesday, October 4, 2011

How to wash plush, soft toy, stuffed animals

How to wash NICI plush? How to wash soft toys? How to wash stuffed animals? Washing machine or hand wash? I'm sure we're not the only ones having these questions popping up our mind. Today we're gonna show you how to wash your beloved NICI plush, soft toys or stuffed animals.

Frederic is our nici fox plush today under the mercy of the water tap after having a sublime trip in Zhangjiajie & Guilin, China. Frederic got himself really dirty climbing the gorgeous Avatar movie mountains, so we decided to wash our beloved stuffed animal toy. First we put the fox plush in a small blue pail and here comes the water which is pretty warm in a hot sunny day in Malaysia! The method of washing our stuffed animal is hand wash + washing machine (the drying part).

NICI fox plush has drowned! *HELP* Don't worry, Frederic is just playing :-) Okay next, we mix the washing detergent into the water thoroughly. It is not recommended to add the washing detergent on your plush soft toys directly. You can also use soap for delicate clothes if you have them.

Hot springs in grassland! Our nici plush soft toy is totally indulging in his own paradise *read: day dreaming* This is the first time mini Frederic gets a wash, so just let our cute stuffed animal soak in his bubble bath for a while.

Soaking in soap of course is not enough to thoroughly wash your stuffed animal. Okay enough of your day dreaming Frederic. Next we rub our fox plush not-so-gently to remove the accumulated dust and dirt. Never use a brush! We'd only ever use a soft tooth brush while washing our Jolly Mah sheep plush.

Frederic Fox's tail is the part we're most concerned about as it is made of longer and softer plush than the rest of the shorter plush on his body. This is where we did a terrible job of maintaining our Jolly Mah's fluffy-ness when we washed our sheep soft toy, hence we are extra delicate here with our fox plush to ensure we don't repeat the same mistake.

After rubbing all parts of our stuffed animal soft toy thoroughly, we leave him in his bubble bath for about 10mins, not counting. Look how happy our nici fox plush is!

After that you need to come back and squeeze all the detergent out of your soft toy gently. Second step, we wash nici fox plush in a round of clean water and squeeze him dry again. You want to make sure all the detergent is out of your stuffed animal. Repeat the second step if you are washing a bigger plush soft toy.

 Frederic Fox is now a happy immaculate nici soft toy

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If you want your stuffed animals to be extra soft and fragrant, be sure to do this final step before putting them in the washing machine dryer. A small amount of Softlan fabric softener to make your soft toy really fragrant and soft. Softlan Floral Fantasy is our favorite choice of fabric softener.

Note: You only need to add a little bit of Softlan just like this. It is mandatory to mix the fabric softener with clean water thoroughly before putting your soft toy or stuffed animals in it

We let nici fox plush soak in Softlan fabric softener for another 10 minutes or so. Frederic fainted from inhaling the extreme fragrance of Softlan. You can leave it for half an hour if you want or add more fabric softener, your soft toys will be even softer. We have tried that with our Jolly Mah sheep plush and realized that minimal amount of Softlan and soaking will do. After which, we bring our plush toy to tumble dry in the washing machine.

Frederic! Don't just jump into the washing machine like this. It is always recommended that you wrap your soft toy or stuffed animals in a thick towel to protect their plush. Either that or you can wrap your soft toys in a pillow case or laundry bag before putting them in the washing machine.

After a minute, we brought Frederic out of the washing machine and hung him up to dry. While hanging Frederic to dry, we keep rubbing and patting the plush on his tail to ensure it stays fluffy after the wash.

Our nici fox plush still looks very fluffy after the wash and his whole body is extra smooth due to adding Softlan fabric softener.

Frederic is a much easier stuffed animal to wash than the other nici soft toys like Jolly Mah which has really long and fluffly plush you must be extra careful of when washing them. 

If you are wondering how to wash plush soft toy like Milo Gorilla or those My Lovely Bears with thick and smooth plush, you may try the same method we did here.
Frederic's tail is still fluffy and very smooth because of softlan! Some NICI soft toys with dark colored plush like Hugo Wolf, we just spray Fabreze on him! We also love to know how you wash your soft toys and stuffed animals. Please comment and share!

25 comments:

  1. Hello,
    But will the fur turn out clumpy clumpy..? or is it back as original state? cuz that was wad happen to my other plushies, therefore I dare not wash my NICI tiger and giraffe at all.. HAHAHAH.

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  2. Nice idea to add the softener :)
    I hope that Fred enjoyed his bubble bath :)
    Kisses

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  3. Usually I handwash them..... but once in a while, i will dump all in one big tub and soak them overnight in softlan!!! :)

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  4. I use this method and it really functions.

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  5. @crazy56gal: Which plush of yours turned clumpy? But you can wash your tiger and giraffe with no worries, they have short plush like frederic fox, they won't turn clumpy :))

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  6. @Raquel: Yes frederic enjoyed the bubble bath a lot! Everyone else is jealous and wants the bubble bath too! :D

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  7. @Minghui: Overnight in softlan?! Wow! They will definitely stay soft and fragrant for a long long time ^_^

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  8. so far i only wash the nici angel once.. but then too bad, part of her hair dropped off T_T

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  9. Well it seems to work very well.

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  10. @monsterloi: Hope the hair fall is not too serious! :)

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  11. @Bea: Yes, so far this method works well for our plushies :D

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  13. Frederic you look wonderful smooth after your bath! It is very clever to use Softlan. Our plush also love it :-)

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  14. I usually just put them inside the washing net and use the washing machine with the most delicate function to wash them.. :D So far, everybody stays intact and safe.. ^^

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  15. @Jerry and Ben: Thanks!! We will be participating :D

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  16. @Leona Löwenherz: yes Softlan is great for plushies! :))

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  17. @NICI-Wildfriends: So far we only dare to put our plushies in semi auto washing machine, it is more delicate than fully auto washing machines :D

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  18. So far I haven't dared trying to wash my sheep. Brave you!

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  19. Hi, i just want to ask some question.
    I have a big giraffe nici and recently there is cockroach in my room and crawl on my nici T.T, now i need to wash him. Do you think is it okay if i put him on dryer after wash? or better to just hang it? thannkss.. :)

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  20. @Anonymous: We think it is okay to put it in the dryer. How big is your nici giraffe? If it is 50cm, just wash and let it dry in the sun for hours. If it is 80cm we really wouldn't recommend washing it. Fabreze would be preferable (refer to our fabreze blog post here)

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  21. Great Idea on how to wash soft toys, I'm not so sure about the face down picture it looked a bit cruel lol. It good to get tips though as its easy to damage the shape or fluffyness when washing them if your not careful. Great Blog Thank you.

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  22. so vivid that makes you cannot help talking to it. It is sewed carefully, showing well workmanship.

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  23. I have a cozy plush pig... my little girl fell in love with it at the store and I bought it for her. I did not realize that it was a heating toy. I was wondering why it was so heavy. I put it in the washing machine not knowing.... when I took it out of the washer it had a bunch of soap (Tide) in it. This is when I looked it up online and realized what purpose it served. I wish I would have known. When she found it in the store it had no tags or info on it. So... I don't know what to do??? She will be so sad if I messed it up!!! I have found nothing on the internet to help me. Should I re-wash it with no soap? Can it go in the dryer on low heat? Please help!! Thank you

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  24. I have one of the little 10/12cm Nici Sheep toys with the magnets in his feet and he needs a wash. Would washing him affect the beanies that he's stuffed with? The tag says washable at 30 degrees but I don't want to put him in the washing machine unless I'm certain it will be okay.

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