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Minky Plush Washing Guide by ButtercupBabyPPG Minky Plush Washing Guide by ButtercupBabyPPG
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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VixsFixs Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Would this work for a 4DE Rainbow Dash plush?
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powder-sugar Featured By Owner Edited Nov 13, 2018  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 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2018  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 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 24, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
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 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2017  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 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2017  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 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2017  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 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2017  Student Filmographer
Thanks! Yea definitely let me know how it works out so I can tell others. :)
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saphy-lockhoof86 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 25, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
Ok so here is what I found. Dish soap does work but it takes a bit of effort scrubbing and it doesnt completely remove the yellow, but its close. The soap I used was Dawn original (blue color). Now for the shampoo: I didnt have any on hand that didnt contain a conditioner and instead of risking it turning the minky all foul, I used a body wash. The brand I used was Niva Men and it has CHARCOAL in it. I know what you're thinking: Charcoal would turn it black. Nope, not in the slightest. Now granted it still did take a little bit of scrubbing, but it removed the yellow and left a nice scent. :) 

To do this, I used an old metal coffee can (#10 can) and mixed the dish soap in a small amount of water to keep the strength as high as possible. I cleaned half of Octavia with the Dawn. I hand dried it enough to where it was slightly damp and checked the surface. Cleaner, but still slightly yellow. The body wash was tested using a wet rag and applying the wash on the rag and rubbing with my hand. I cleaned, rinsed and dried the other half and the yellow was gone. Most noticeable was on the white collar her bowtie attaches to. I went ahead and finished both sides with the body wash and dried gently with a hair dryer. 

Now this does take a bit of effort, as in firmly rubbing with either cleaner but the both seem to get the job done. I was even able to get the yellow out of the mane detail embroidery (white in color) using the body wash. You mileage may vary depending on choice of soap or wash used. The eye embroidery was not messed with and cleaned like you say in the guide to avoid it coming undone. 
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Vertigo-01 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2017
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 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2017
hand washing powdered detergent should be fine right?
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SandPox Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2017
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 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2017  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 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2017
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 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2017  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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bluemeganium Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2017
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 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2017  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 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2017
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 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2017  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 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2017  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 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  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 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  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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Xinef5 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 4, 2017  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...
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She's not acting mean though, and the memory-restoring magic doesn't have any effect, so I guess it's ungrounded. Probably ;)
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In any case, thanks for the tips! Much obliged!
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LaceySurprise Featured By Owner May 28, 2016  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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ButtercupBabyPPG Featured By Owner May 29, 2016  Student Filmographer
I would not recomemd bleach, it will weaken the fabric and possibly discolor even white minky. Use a bit of rubbing alcohol for trouble stains.
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LaceySurprise Featured By Owner May 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok, thanks!
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FirestormDangerDash Featured By Owner May 26, 2016
For being snugged it sure looks fresh. My RD is apperantly dyed black compared to the parts my face or hands don't touch. Under the wings for example. Washing can't undo that apperantly.
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ButtercupBabyPPG Featured By Owner May 26, 2016  Student Filmographer
Oh dang, for something that bad you probably need to un-stuff her and put her through the washing machine and maybe treat the bad spots with extra detergent or a gentle stain remover. If the plush is minky, you probably can clean it up as it takes to washing pretty well, but if it's a store bought one you may have less luck.
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FirestormDangerDash Featured By Owner May 26, 2016
Ah. I assumed as much. Thus why I always cuddled the cheapest ones.
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jetsetflare Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a plush h white fur and some of it has discoloured to a darker colour is there a way to return it to its whiteness or should cleaning her like this do the trick
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ButtercupBabyPPG Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Student Filmographer
Yep! Works just the same. I washed a fluffy white tiger plush with this same method. 
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jetsetflare Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i did give it a try it worked for the most part but shes still a little discolored should a few more goes fix that?
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ButtercupBabyPPG Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2016  Student Filmographer
Yea sometimes you need more than one pass if its rather dirty.
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jetsetflare Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks ill tell you how it goes :)
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Oceanblue-Art Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Student General Artist
If someone buys a plush from me, is it okay if I print this out and include it in the box for my customer to reference? 
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ButtercupBabyPPG Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Student Filmographer
Oh sure :) It has my name on it anyways. I really should give this a good update though.
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MrPiBB-93 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist

My question is this:

I own a 4th Dimension Entertainment plushie of the origianl Twilight Sparkle (non-princess) and have had her for over a year. I love this plushie a lot because the show accuracy is spot on, and she has been very well loved. As a brony, I am prone to cuddling and holding her very frequently, and she is really dirty and dusty. Is it possible to use this method on my 4DE Twi? Please reply, she is dirty and needs care.

Thanks, ~MrPiBB

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ButtercupBabyPPG Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015  Student Filmographer
Yea should be all good, I think the 4DEs are a short pile furry fabric. You could probably even put them in the machine on a delicate cycle, but hand washing is always safer.
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OtoriAtokata Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I can use this tutorial for people that ask me how to clean my hand sewn plushies.  And to try to persuade someone to wash their plushie that needs it.  :/
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Draxulaura Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Pinke looks cute sitting in the dryer! 
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Olsen1987 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015  Professional Photographer
I'm so going to use this to clean my 5 month old Dashie plushie.
I've been cuddling so much with her that she really needs a proper cleaning.
But does powder detergent work with this method?
It's the only thing i have available, except some special stuff for wool.
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Deldius Featured By Owner Edited Aug 16, 2015
I used this guide on my rainbow dash plushie...she looks good as new except for one thing. Some of the stitching along her legs and her barrel,(back,stomach) and her neck puff out a little bit. I can see some of the stitching.

does this mean I used to much water or I scrubbed to hard? (I used paper towels and a soft bristle brush)

if it's relevant. I used all detergent with stain lifters,free of perfumes,clear of dyes.

i used a hair dryer to dry dashie off then I placed dashie in my attic for a few hours. Gets really hot in my attic.
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Mimiero Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015
Thank you! I have a favorite plush seal that I got in college and its pink minky is turning grey! 
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TakeCard Featured By Owner Edited Jul 16, 2015
Could I ask for permission for translating Minky Plush Washing Guide?I have no idea about how to wash my dirty plush,and then one of my friends recommend your post to me.That's amazing!Could I translate this article into chinese and repost?

I have another question, are you still open for commission? If you do I would very like to commission a Twilight Sparkle from you, your work is amazing!
 
Thanks a lot.
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ButtercupBabyPPG Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Student Filmographer
Absolutely! If you give me the link I will post it in the description.

As for commissions, there's a link on my main page for commission info. I'm not open right now, but feel free to message me about it anyway.
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TakeCard Featured By Owner Edited Jul 18, 2015
Here is the link:www.equestriacn.com/2015/07/18…
 Got it and thank you for your attention and authorization . Happy! 
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Gizmo2477 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015
This guide worked pretty nicely on my Scootaloo plush I've had for about 2 years. Although I don't really know how to brighten up her eyes. I don't want to be very rough on the embroidery and I don't want to try bleach at all. Any suggestions for brightening her eyes?
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ButtercupBabyPPG Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Student Filmographer
You could use the diluted detergent on her eyes, the same as the body, just just don't scrub it. I would suggest patting it with a towel/wash cloth. Just make sure you rinse them and aren't abrasive.
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Exovare Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not very learned in fabrics, so what is minky? Is it the same as the fabric used in the 4DE plushies (they say it's microfiber, whatever that is)? The washing method should be still the same, right?
(excessive worrying)
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