Can you wash a Squishmallow?

Answered by Jeremy Urbaniak

You can definitely wash Squishmallows to keep them clean and fresh. As someone who has personally owned and cared for Squishmallows, I can share my experience and offer some tips on how to properly wash them.

Firstly, it’s important to choose the right type of detergent when washing Squishmallows. Opt for a mild laundry detergent that is gentle on fabrics. Harsh detergents may damage the delicate fabric of the Squishmallows or cause colors to fade. It’s always better to be safe and choose a gentle option.

To start the washing process, I recommend filling a sink or basin with lukewarm water. Avoid using hot water as it can potentially shrink or damage the fabric. Add a small amount of the mild detergent to the water and mix it gently to create a soapy solution.

Next, submerge the Squishmallow into the soapy water. Gently squeeze and knead the plush toy to ensure that the detergent penetrates the fabric. Pay attention to any stained or soiled areas, and gently rub those spots with your fingers to help remove the dirt or stains.

After thoroughly cleaning the Squishmallow, drain the soapy water from the sink or basin. Rinse the plush toy under cool, running water to remove any remaining detergent. Make sure to squeeze out any excess water gently without wringing or twisting the Squishmallow, as this can cause damage to the fabric or stuffing.

Once you have rinsed out the detergent, you can proceed to the drying process. Before drying, you may want to use a fabric softener to keep the Squishmallow soft and fluffy. Dilute the fabric softener with water according to the instructions on the packaging, and lightly spray or mist it over the plush toy.

To dry the Squishmallow, you have a few options. One method is to air dry it by laying it flat on a clean towel or drying rack. Ensure that the Squishmallow is in its original shape and not folded or creased. You can also gently fluff and reshape the toy during the drying process to maintain its original form.

If you prefer a quicker drying method, you can use a dryer on a low or delicate setting. However, make sure to place the Squishmallow in a pillowcase or laundry bag to protect it from potential damage caused by tumbling or high heat. Adding a few dryer balls or clean tennis balls can help maintain the toy’s shape during drying.

It’s worth noting that Squishmallows with electronic components or those that are not machine washable should be spot cleaned instead. Check the care instructions on the tag or packaging of your specific Squishmallow to ensure you’re following the recommended cleaning method.

Washing a Squishmallow is possible, but it’s essential to use a mild detergent, avoid hot water, and handle the plush toy gently throughout the process. By following these steps, you can keep your Squishmallows clean, soft, and ready for many more hugs and snuggles.