How to Clean a Battery Operated Stuffed Animal

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How to Clean a Battery Operated Stuffed Animal
Battery operated stuffed animals can be cleaned with a few household items. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

All children's toys need to be washed periodically. But while ordinary stuffed animals can be hand or machine washed to remove dust and stains, battery-operated stuffed toys cannot. Still, it is possible to clean a battery-operated toy without submerging it in water.

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Things you need

  • Baby wipes
  • Masking tape
  • Large plastic bag
  • Baking soda
  • Brush
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Cotton swab
  • Rubbing alcohol

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  1. 1

    Remove any clothing from the stuffed animal and examine for stains. Clean the stained areas with a baby wipe and let dry for about 10 to 15 minutes before moving on to the next step.

  2. 2

    Remove the batteries from the stuffed animal then cover the opening and battery cover with masking tape.

  3. 3

    Place the stuffed animal on a clean plastic bag. Sprinkle the stuffed animal with a generous amount of baking soda and rub it into the fur. Let the baking soda set for about 30 minutes to clean and freshen the stuffed animal.

  4. 4

    Brush off the baking soda using a clean brush or vacuum it off using a clean nozzle attachment on the vacuum.

  5. 5

    Hand or machine wash the stuffed animal's clothing, If clothing, such as a hat, is glued, clean it instead with a baby wipe.

  6. 6

    Clean any plastic parts with a baby wipe or a cloth and cotton swab dampened with rubbing alcohol. Dry thoroughly.

  7. 7

    Remove the masking tape and put the batteries back in the stuffed animal and operate it as usual.

Tips and warnings

  • Check all cleaning products to make sure they are baby safe before using on toys.

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