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Minky Plush Washing Guide
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Published: April 13, 2015
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Russian Version: hazevalley.ru/instructions.htm…
(If you translated this guide send me the link and I'll add it here!) :)

I haven't seen any tutorials specifically for washing minky plushies, though there's probably an overwhelming amount of them that are in need of washing after years of snuggling. This one for instance, is one of my older plushies, and has been snuggled nearly to death for the past 2 years. She's is pretty bad shape and also needs some repairs. I may also make a repair guide if anyone might be interesting. Just for simple things like re-attaching, tails, manes, and holes, but catered toward hand made minky plushies.

If anything is unclear, do mention it! I would be happy to update this guide with more information. (Also feel free to point on spelling errors...no spell check in photoshop ahaha...)

Also if any plush makers have any relevant info to add, do say so! I don't know how all other plush makers create their plushies, and I would like for this to be helpful for all types.

Here's the original plush that's being cleaned:
 

Some more things I plan to add to this guide in the future:
-Faux fur cleaning
-Spot cleaning
-Synthetic hair
-Minky fluffing with hair dryer (this actually works much better than just leaving to dry, since the warm air keeps the minky from becoming stiff, and you can brush it while it's drying)

 
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Nightmare49's avatar
Nightmare49|Hobbyist Writer
i got lucky before with one of my Plushs. She ended up wrapped up in my thick blanket without me knowing so she leaved and really got cleaner. Going to try to learn this way to clean all of my plushs. soon
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VixsFixs's avatar
VixsFixs|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Would this work for a 4DE Rainbow Dash plush?
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powder-sugarEdited |Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this! ^^

Good to know in the future if I ever accidentally get paint or food on a plush @_@
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Zeldasevensage|Student Traditional Artist
Hey there!  Thank you for this wonderful guide.
Recently I commissioned a plush, and shes made from minky as well as faux fur, with embroidered details.  I was wondering if you recommend washing plushies regularly, or only when there is a visible stain/discoloration?  I'm careful to wash my hands before I touch her, not have her around food/drinks etc, but snuggling is bound to get oils/sweat on the fabric anyway, right?  So far my plushie looks good as new, I was just not sure if this guide is only for a solution to an already dirty plushie, or if it can be used as a sort of preventative as well.
Thank you!
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saphy-lockhoof86's avatar
I've followed this guide to clean my Octavia cuddle buddy. The only issue i have is that my skin oils have turned parts of her slightly yellowish and using Woolite gentle cycle sans fabric softener only takes it out slightly. I even tried using a small amount of Oxy-Clean to "boost" it and it doesnt change much. Same thing happened to my Rarity Build a Bear. I want to get rid of it but short of using a spot treat pen or something a bit harsher, I dont know what to do. Any ideas? Maybe try a different laundry soap? I shower daily to help keep the oil under control but it only helps a bit.
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ButtercupBabyPPG|Student Filmographer
You could also give shampoo a try too, I was reading around that also seems to be used to get skin oil stains from clothing.
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ButtercupBabyPPG|Student Filmographer
Yea I noticed this method won't 100% get out stains from skin oil, what will get it out is actually running it through a machine. In order to do so properly you would need to un-stuff it, and turn it inside out and wash on a gentle cycle, cold water with a mild detergent that does not have fabric softener in it.

You could also try a dilute dish washing soap perhaps? I just would use it sparingly though and make sure you rinse it out good.
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saphy-lockhoof86|Hobbyist Filmographer
Ill try the shampoo trick, since its seems to be pretty good at stripping excess oil out of hair. As far as the unstuffing, I'm not comfortable with my sewing skills to close it back up nor do i posses a machine. Dish soap may work too, Ill have to try both tomorrow and see which one works better. Ill edit this post with a report of what happens. Will be handy to know since Im getting a life size Octavia as well.
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ButtercupBabyPPG|Student Filmographer
Thanks! Yea definitely let me know how it works out so I can tell others. :)
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Vertigo-01's avatar
Oh thank you, thank you, thank you! Good grief, it was nigh of impossible for me to find anything about cleaning plushies made of minky - which so many custom plushies are made of these days. I was about to break down and try the old method of teddy bear cleaning with a bit of mild detergent and water mixed together, used with a gentle brush. Glad to see I wasn't far off the mark, and far more glad to have this guide. :D 
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SandPox's avatar
hand washing powdered detergent should be fine right?
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SandPox's avatar
Can I use shampoo or bodywash instead? because I only have detergent that already have fabric softener?

I've saw your suggest on use dish soap but I think dish soap might have some aggressive cleaning agent so it might fade the color?
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ButtercupBabyPPG|Student Filmographer
Ah, that's a good point actually, about the dish soap. I'm not sure how well a body soap or shampoo would work though. blog.bitsofeverything.com/2013… shows what happens if you use fabric softener though, makes it kinda crusty. You know, now that I think of it, laundry soap I recall being super easy to make. wellnessmama.com/27059/high-ef… -looking at this maybe a body wash would work, but wouldn't able to remove stains.
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bluemeganium's avatar
Hello,

Has someone any tips when you live in areas where the water hardness is so high, that a fabric softer is not avoidable? Here in my region, almost every detergent has a fabric softer.
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ButtercupBabyPPG|Student Filmographer
Oh huh, I never considered that before. If that's all you have, just try to use only a little bit then. You could also use a nice smelling dish soap (for handing washing dishes not for a washing machine).
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Dish soap is something I have plenty. No nice smell, but I can put some afterwards. It will still take a loooong time for a life size. :)
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Yogfan|Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a fantastic guide that I'll use to clean my one Zelda minky plush tomorrow. Thank you for providing this!
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ChibiChabot's avatar
This is a great guide. Thanks for the information. Hopefully I won't ever have to wash my plushies but this may come in handy. My significant other has a 6 year old.
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CuddlyKanin|Student Traditional Artist
Hey, I would like to see the repair guide that you mentioned in the description! Is it made yet? Just wondering!
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CuddlyKanin|Student Traditional Artist
WOW! I would never trust myself to do this! I would be SO nervous that I'd ruin it! 
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Xinef5|Hobbyist General Artist
Hi,

I've been taking care of a certain yellow pegasus for almost 4 years now, and I'm wondering if you could give us a few tips. She's made of polar fleece, and that's what she looked like when she was newborn ;)
zorza-6.deviantart.com/art/Flu…
As of now, her colors seem less vivid (well, her yellow coat was somewhat pale to start with, but mane and tail clearly lost some saturation), while the white of her eyes is no longer white.
sta.sh/0zrkxlhldxi
Also, we've had one accident which slightly damaged her eye ;( ... a warning for all plushie lovers - zippers and hugs don't go well together. Keep zippers away from ponies at all cost!
sta.sh/0pdd2tbn6y5

Anyway, I'd love to know if you have any suggestions how to cure eye illnesses of plush ponies? And if there's anything that can be done about the mane losing color?

In any case, so far Flutters has been taking regular (as in - once a year) baths, and being fully submerged in water with a generous dose of washing fluid for color clothes does not seem to have any (lasting) adverse effects on the texture of her polar coat, nor her innards. I've tried brushing with a toothbrush, although with her eyes and cutie marks I'm afraid I can't brush too hard, or I'll damage the embroidery, but delicate brushing does not seem to help much.

As for drying - after some gentle (and less gentle :/ ) squeezing, I've "invented" a somewhat effective method - wrap the pony in a dry towel. Hug for a few hours. If the towel seems wet, replace with a dry one. Repeat.
Next day the pony is dry as ever, because of all the warmth and squeezing that helps to get the water out.

Oh, and here's a few "lady taking a bath" photos I've taken... for SCIENCE! ... yeah, that's my excuse.
January 2015 - sta.sh/01xd3px61p9e
August 2016 - sta.sh/0vz4i0h9i96 (the color of that water worries me)
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ButtercupBabyPPG|Student Filmographer
Awww, she is pretty grayed, usually that's just from so much handling over time. Unfortunately fleece isn't as durable as minky, I'm not sure if it's possible to restore her original color. A drastic measure, but most likely to clean her up as best as possible, would be to unstuff her, turn inside out, and put her in the washing machine on the delicate cycle (cold water) use on a little bit of detergent (use a detergent without fabric softener). Dryer is ok too as long as it's low heat (avoid using dryer sheets). Even if it doesn't fix the color, this is the freshest she will ever be! Buy some new stuffing to put inside and close it up with a ladder stitch. You'd be surprised how icky stuffing can get inside a plushie, especially one that has been soaked.

For the loose embroidery threads, this is a little bit tricky, but when the plush is unstuffed, very carefully try to figure out which ones are loose and pull them in from the back side of the eye. Be careful not to snip any threads! I found that use can use tacky fabric glue (make sure it's tacky otherwise the glue will drip through to the other side of the eye) and put a little bit on the loose threads to anchor them in the back.

Good luck! :)
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Xinef5Edited |Hobbyist General Artist
I suppose for such drastic surgery, I'll need to find some skilled plush doctors in my area. I wouldn't try it myself.

In the meantime we'll have to endure all the suspicion my friends are hinting that she might actually be discorded...
:icondiscordedfluttersplz:

She's not acting mean though, and the memory-restoring magic doesn't have any effect, so I guess it's ungrounded. Probably ;)
:icondiscordshrugplz:

In any case, thanks for the tips! Much obliged!
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LaceySurprise|Hobbyist General Artist
Now since my pony is white can I use bleach or will that be bad for the fabric?
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