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Ty Beanie Babies: Washing and Cleaning

Updated on September 17, 2015

Keeping your Ty beanies clean:

It is recommended that these toys only be surface washed, which means that your adorable little beanies must be cleaned by hand.

The Ty tag is one of the main reasons for the surface cleaning process used for washing these adorable little plush bean filled toys. These are a collectable, and a large factor in their identification are the tags attached to the head and rear of the stuffed toy. An intact tag can increase the value of your beanie by about fifty percent.

This is the reason why surface washing is recommended. It is very important when cleaning your collectable animals to keep the tag dry and intact during the washing process.

Photos found on this article are ©Jolene Belmain

Surface washing your bean filled toys:

It is very important to be sure to protect your beanie tag by enclosing it in a covering. So begin by insuring that your Beanie Baby tag is covered and protected during the cleaning process.

I wrap my tag in cellophane wrap to protect it from getting wet during the cleaning process, although there are actual plastic tag covers you can purchase to keep them safe from harm.

Using plastic wrap to encase the tag is a very simple process which only takes a couple of minutes to complete but which really helps to keep the Beanie baby tag from getting wet during the washing process.

This is the infamous swing or heart tag

If your Beanie is not too dirty then you can surface clean it with a damp cloth.

1) Gently rub with the dampened cloth onto any stained patches on your Ty Beanie baby to clean the stains away.

2) Using a dry cloth gently press the cloth against the dampened spots to dry them after you are finished the washing process. Remove the wrap from your Ty beanie tag.

3) Allow your babies about 12 hours to completely dry after cleaning them and before you begin playing with them again.

Cute little "Forever Friends" bear.

Ty Forever Friends - Blonde Bear
Ty Forever Friends - Blonde Bear

This little Ty collectible Beanie Baby bear is the perfect gift to give to your best friend. He is the "Forever Friends" Ty Beanie Babies bear and he is adorable. He's a great gift idea for a special friend.


For tougher spots dip your cloth in a solution of water and diluted dish liquid soap

1) Rub your damp cloth which has been dipped in the cleaning solution gently over the stain spots to remove them.

2) To remove the cleaning solution: rinse your cloth in clean water and, then gently rub, or press over the areas where you applied the cleaning solution.

3) Use a dry cloth to gently press the moisture out of your dampened beanie animal now that it is clean. Remove the wrap from your Ty Beanie baby tag.

4) Allow your beanie about 12 hours to completely dry after washing and before playing with it once again.

Ty Beanie Baby lamb all sparkling clean again

Even My Little Ponies are Now Available in the Beanie Toys.

Ty My Little Pony Friendship Magic 6 Inch Beanie Babies Collection - Plush Doll 6 Pieces Doll Set (Rarity, Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash and Twilight Sparkle)
Ty My Little Pony Friendship Magic 6 Inch Beanie Babies Collection - Plush Doll 6 Pieces Doll Set (Rarity, Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash and Twilight Sparkle)

Absolutely positively adorable little Ty Beanie Baby ponies are new and very popular with children. These beanie babies are show ponies indeed. They also love to cuddle, and snuggle and are looking for a very special place to call home.


Save your empty spray bottles, rinse them, and use a spray to clean your collectable babies.

I put a small amount of dish liquid into the bottle and then fill the remainder with water. This is my Ty Beanie babies cleaning solution.

I them spray the solution onto the soiled areas of my beanies and then press, or rub gently, with a water dampened cloth to remove the stains. Spraying the solution onto the Beanie baby is simply another method for surface cleaning.

The nice thing about keeping a diluted dish liquid cleaning solution handy is that you can generally safely use your spray cleaning solution on most other cloth surfaces in your home too.

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The better you take care of your plush toys, the longer they will last looking as great as they did the day you brought them home with you.

All of these cleaning and washing tips are great for any plush toy, collectible or non.

Machine washing your beanies.

If your Beanie baby has seen some rough and tumble play, has lost his tags, and is really very dirty then you may decide to wash your little guy in the washing machine instead of doing a surface clean.

The machine washing of your Beanie Babies should only be done if the Ty tags on your toy are lost, and you are absolutely sure that you do not want to keep your plush as a collectible, or in a condition desirable for collecting.

To machine wash your Beanie Babies:

1) Place your Beanie in a zippered pillowcase.

2) Clean in your washing machine on gentle cycle.

3) Dry on low setting in your dryer.

Zeus the Moose is on the loose

TY Beanie Baby - ZEUS the Moose
TY Beanie Baby - ZEUS the Moose

Zeus the Moose is an adorable Ty Beanie Baby who seems to have wandered straight out of the woods and into the wonderful world of the Ty Beanie Babies. The beanie babies moose is absolutely the cutest little guy and perfect to add into your Ty Beanie Babies Collection.


Tips to remember when washing your collectible plush toys.

Note that you do not have to wash your Beanie Babies on a regular basis. Just clean them if they have a smudge or are getting a little dusty. Wash these plush toys only when you deem it absolutely necessary.

Remember to protect your tags while washing your stuffed toys by wrapping the tag in cling plastic (or you can purchase plastic beanie tag protectors) before you begin to clean your beanie.

Press a dry cloth against your Beanie after washing them as this will help whisk excess moisture out of the plush.

What do you think of the Ty Beanie Babies?

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      Trebor 5 weeks ago

      I only have one but he is very important to me, he has long since lost his tag and I can't remember his name but I do know he is a beanie buddy series from 1997. A Bengal Tiger if I'm not mistaken, my father got him for me before I was born and he has been treated gently for the most part but he needs a good cleaning and his fur unmatted, I'm glad I found this because I wasn't sure how to clean him and I didn't want to put him in a washer.

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      Kristen Howe 14 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great cleaning tips. I used to have a couple of Beanie Babies before I moved and kept them in storage. I still have some in my closet I have kept for nostalgic memories. I would keep them in mind before I decide I might want to donate them someday next year.

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      moongoddess05 20 months ago

      Hey I have a collection of beanie babies and they are in my room in good condition and they are never bye the sun in till one day I had a coke float and their was a little tiny stain on it and I read this and it worked thank god

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      snowy12 3 years ago

      Great tips here. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      I used to have a nice collection of these, but never needed to wash them. They were always stored properly and away from light.

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      JoleneBelmain 4 years ago

      @Zeross4: I can see how washing a collectible toy would make you hesitant for sure. This is a sure fire way to clean them up without harming their value, and actually increasing their value instead :)

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      Renee Dixon 4 years ago from Kentucky

      I still have several of mine, I've always been reluctant to wash them but I'm glad I know how now :)

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      UKBusinesses 4 years ago

      I used to have so many when I was a child!

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      JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

      @beaniepedia: Yeah, doing just the little spots by hand is a great and safe way to keep your Beanie Babies clean and beautiful :)

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      beaniepedia 5 years ago

      Great advice on how to clean them. I've always been too afraid to try before now. Thanks for the good info!

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Excellent instructions. Too bad the Ty tags aren't waterproof, though.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Excellent cleaning advice for preserving a collectable. Now, only one question remains, why do I NOT have that white mouse beanie? lol

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My kids loved Beanie Babies, and my grandkids do too.

      I believe in washing the toys, and this is good information.

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      Wendy Leanne 6 years ago from Texas

      My kids all play with their beanie babies, so we didn't keep the tags on them. I put them in a lingerie bag and wash and dry them in my washing machine, but I have a front loader without an agitator. The steps you laid out her are super useful to beanie baby collectors.

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      ColorPetGifts 6 years ago

      Wow- this is a wonderful lens about how to clean beanie babies - good to know you shouldn't wash them in the washer.

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      moonlitta 6 years ago

      So cute... I'd invite all of them to a party with my daughter;)