Stuffed animals get dirty over time. They get saliva, food, and other materials on them from being handled by children, or they collect dust from sitting unused. Stuffed animals can be cleaned using several methods, but the larger the animal, the more difficult it is to wash. The majority of stuffed animals can be washed in a washing machine, but if your toy is too large or too valuable, you may want to stick with surface cleaning.
Put the stuffed toy in a large, clean garbage bag.
Put the nozzle of the vacuum cleaner into the bag, and seal the bag around the nozzle with your hand. The toy should not be up against the nozzle. Turn on the vacuum, and the suction should pull the dust and surface dirt from the toy.
Fluff the toy with your hands, and spray it with a nontoxic deodorizer to freshen it.
Apply an upholstery cleaner to a sponge so it is damp, but not dripping.
Rub the sponge over the surface of the toy without saturating it.
Allow the toy to air-dry thoroughly.
Vacuum the toy with the upholstery head of your vacuum cleaner. This will help fluff the toy and remove some of the cleaner. Be gentle.
Put the toy into an empty pillowcase. If the standard pillowcase is too small, look for a body pillow pillowcase.
Put the toy in the washing machine, and fill it with cold water.
Add a mild detergent designed for cold water use. Use the smallest amount of detergent recommended.
Wash the toy on a gentle cycle.
Remove the toy, and check for damage. If it is still in good shape, put it in the clothes dryer.
Dry the toy until it is completely dry. You may need to put it through two cycles. Make sure the toy is completely dry so mildew doesn't grow inside. If you live in a warm climate, you can air-dry it outside.
Fluff the toy, and reposition the stuffing as needed.