How to Wash and Clean Ty Beanie Babies

Updated on August 8, 2018
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I've been collecting Ty Beanie Babies for years and enjoy sharing my experience with my fellow Beanie Baby lovers.

Ty Beanie Baby lamb all sparkling clean again.
Ty Beanie Baby lamb all sparkling clean again. | Source

Keeping Your Ty Beanie Babies Clean

Most stuffed animals and toys can be washed in a washing machine, but Ty Beanie Babies should only be surface washed, which means that your adorable, little Beanies must be cleaned by hand.

The Ty tag is one of the main reasons the surface-cleaning process is recommended by the manufacturer. These adorable toys are collectibles, and the tags attached to the head and rear of the stuffed toys are their main identification.

This is the reason why surface washing is recommended. When cleaning your collectible animals, it is very important to keep the tag dry and intact.

Did You Know?

An intact tag can increase the value of your Beanie by about fifty percent.

This is the infamous swing or heart tag.
This is the infamous swing or heart tag. | Source

You Need to Protect the Tag

It is very important to protect your Beanie tag before starting the cleaning process. So the first thing you need to do is ensure that your Beanie Baby tag is covered.

I wrap the tags in cellophane to protect them from getting wet during the cleaning process, although there are plastic tag covers you can purchase to keep them safe from harm.

Using plastic wrap to encase the tag is a very simple process that only takes a couple of minutes to complete and helps keep the Beanie Baby tag from getting wet during the washing process.

Wrap the tag in plastic to protect it from the cleaning process.
Wrap the tag in plastic to protect it from the cleaning process. | Source

Surface Washing Your Bean-Filled Toys

How to Spot-Clean Dirt and Small Stains

  1. Using a damp cloth, gently rub any stained patches on your Ty Beanie Baby to clean the stains away.
  2. Using a dry cloth, gently press the dampened spots to dry them after you are finished washing the stains away.
  3. Allow the toy to dry completely. This usually takes about 12 hours.
  4. Remove the wrap from your Ty Beanie tag.

If your Beanie is not too dirty, then you can surface clean it with a damp cloth.
If your Beanie is not too dirty, then you can surface clean it with a damp cloth. | Source

How to Remove Tough Stains

  1. Spray the solution (formula below) directly on the soiled areas of the Beanie Baby, or dip a cloth into soapy water.
  2. Gently rub the stained spots to remove them.
  3. To remove the cleaning solution, rinse your cloth in clean water and gently rub or press over the areas where you applied the soapy water.
  4. Use a dry cloth to gently press the moisture out of your dampened Beanie Baby.
  5. Allow it to dry completely. This usually takes about 12 hours.
  6. Remove the wrap from your Ty Beanie tag.

Make Your Own Cleaning Solution

I like to save spray bottles, rinse them, and refill them with my own cleaning solution. I put a small amount of liquid dish soap into a spray bottle and then fill it with water. This is my Ty Beanie Baby cleaning solution.

The nice thing about keeping a diluted dish liquid cleaning solution handy is that you can safely use it on most other cloth surfaces in your home.

For tougher spots, dip your cloth in a solution of water and diluted liquid dish soap.
For tougher spots, dip your cloth in a solution of water and diluted liquid dish soap. | Source

Machine Washing Your Beanies

If your Beanie Baby has seen some rough-and-tumble play, has lost its tags, and is very dirty, then you may need to wash your little guy in the washing machine.

You should only machine wash your Beanie Babies if the Ty tags on your toy are lost and you are absolutely sure that you do not want to keep your plush as a collectible or in collectible condition.

  1. Place your Beanie in a zippered pillowcase.
  2. Clean in your washing machine on the gentle cycle.
  3. Dry on the lowest setting in your dryer.

All of these cleaning and washing tips are great for any plush toy.

Tips to Remember When Washing Beanie Babies

  • You do not have to wash your Beanie Babies on a regular basis. Just clean them if they have a smudge or are getting a little dusty. Only wash plush toys when you deem it absolutely necessary.
  • Remember to protect your tags by either wrapping the tag in cling plastic or using the plastic Beanie tag protector before you begin to clean your Beanie.
  • Remember to press a dry cloth against your Beanie after washing to help wick away excess moisture.

If you take care of your plush toys, they will last longer and look just as great as they did the day you brought them home with you.

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      Trebor 

      7 months ago

      I only have one but he is very important to me, he has long since lost his tag and I can't remember his name but I do know he is a beanie buddy series from 1997. A Bengal Tiger if I'm not mistaken, my father got him for me before I was born and he has been treated gently for the most part but he needs a good cleaning and his fur unmatted, I'm glad I found this because I wasn't sure how to clean him and I didn't want to put him in a washer.

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      Kristen Howe 

      20 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great cleaning tips. I used to have a couple of Beanie Babies before I moved and kept them in storage. I still have some in my closet I have kept for nostalgic memories. I would keep them in mind before I decide I might want to donate them someday next year.

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      moongoddess05 

      2 years ago

      Hey I have a collection of beanie babies and they are in my room in good condition and they are never bye the sun in till one day I had a coke float and their was a little tiny stain on it and I read this and it worked thank god

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      snowy12 

      4 years ago

      Great tips here. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      Fay Favored 

      4 years ago from USA

      I used to have a nice collection of these, but never needed to wash them. They were always stored properly and away from light.

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      JoleneBelmain 

      4 years ago

      @Zeross4: I can see how washing a collectible toy would make you hesitant for sure. This is a sure fire way to clean them up without harming their value, and actually increasing their value instead :)

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      Renee Dixon 

      4 years ago from Kentucky

      I still have several of mine, I've always been reluctant to wash them but I'm glad I know how now :)

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      UKBusinesses 

      4 years ago

      I used to have so many when I was a child!

    • JoleneBelmain profile imageAUTHOR

      JoleneBelmain 

      5 years ago

      @beaniepedia: Yeah, doing just the little spots by hand is a great and safe way to keep your Beanie Babies clean and beautiful :)

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      beaniepedia 

      5 years ago

      Great advice on how to clean them. I've always been too afraid to try before now. Thanks for the good info!

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      KimGiancaterino 

      5 years ago

      Excellent instructions. Too bad the Ty tags aren't waterproof, though.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      6 years ago from United States

      Excellent cleaning advice for preserving a collectable. Now, only one question remains, why do I NOT have that white mouse beanie? lol

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      My kids loved Beanie Babies, and my grandkids do too.

      I believe in washing the toys, and this is good information.

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      Wendy Leanne 

      7 years ago from Texas

      My kids all play with their beanie babies, so we didn't keep the tags on them. I put them in a lingerie bag and wash and dry them in my washing machine, but I have a front loader without an agitator. The steps you laid out her are super useful to beanie baby collectors.

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      ColorPetGifts 

      7 years ago

      Wow- this is a wonderful lens about how to clean beanie babies - good to know you shouldn't wash them in the washer.

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      moonlitta 

      7 years ago

      So cute... I'd invite all of them to a party with my daughter;)

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