How to Clean a Battery Operated Stuffed Animal

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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


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

Things You'll Need

  • Baby wipes
  • Masking tape
  • Large plastic bag
  • Baking soda
  • Brush
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Cotton swab
  • Rubbing alcohol
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Frank Dioso is a trained medical technologist working for prominent research institutions such as Quest Diagnostics and California Clinical Trials. He has, for many years, ghostwritten clinical trial reports for confidential pharmaceutical drugs and is currently contributing his clinical laboratory science knowledge to online how-to articles.