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How do you get beer out of a plush/stuffed animal?

Asked by ImNotHere (444points) July 5th, 2011

Hello All,

I had an unfortunate mishap today and spilled a glass of beer on my boyfriend’s beloved stuffed lion that he’s had since he was born. The tag says to pat the area with a damp cloth and gives no further instructions. That’s not really going to cut it but everyone has said not to put them in the washer or take them to a drycleaner. Does anyone know how I can get the beer smell out of this old thing and make the fur look a little fluffier again?

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srmorgan's avatar

Squeeze it?

ETpro's avatar

Wring it out into a container and drink it!

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WestRiverrat's avatar

If you can sew, carefully take it apart at a seam and replace the old stuffing with new.

Otherwise you can wait for it to dry and try some Febreeze or other fabric deodorizer.

Kayak8's avatar

Maybe this will help . . .

Kayak8's avatar

Another recommendation suggested 50/50 vodka and water. As like dissolves like, it seems like the vodka might neutralize the beer and get the stink out. I would put it in the sun to dry.

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ImNotHere's avatar

Well, we found out that the maker of the plush is still in business sells something called ‘teddy bear bath’ specifically made for their products. The problem is that this thing is older than I am so I’m going to have to be extra careful. Wish me luck!

WestRiverrat's avatar

@BringsTheNight What would it take to have the original maker refurbish the plush? Maybe you could arrange for this to be done as a birthday/Christmas present for him.

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WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

I’ve washed stuffed animals loads of times, and never had a problem with it. Because our kids are kinda messy, we’ve had to remove ketchup, barbeque sauce, honey, vomit and several other things. Washing them never seemed to do any damage.

Just don’t put it in the dryer.

ccrow's avatar

I have cleaned stuffed toys in the washer, and dried them in the dryer, and they have generally been fine… some types of fur(higher synthetic content?) will change texture a bit. I will admit I have never done this with something of high sentimental value… seems like you could hand wash it with woolite or something though. And I wouldn’t think the dryer would be bad as long as you could do it on a no-heat setting. With air drying, I would just put it somewhere warm so it won’t take forever; if it’s damp too long, I’d be concerned about mildew.

Seelix's avatar

I’ve washed stuffies in the machine before with no ill effects. Depending on the kind of fur it’s got, though, you might want to avoid the dryer – I once had a toy with long, spiky-ish hair, and when it came out of the dryer it had a tight afro. It was a sad, sad day for six-year-old Seelix.

SpatzieLover's avatar

We just put them in the washer inside of a pillow case on “delicate” well every time. Then either dry on delicate, or put it out in the sun to dry.

support1's avatar

Try washing it with water and then let it dry

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