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Minky Plush Washing Guide by ButtercupBabyPPG Minky Plush Washing Guide by ButtercupBabyPPG
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:
 Pinkie Pie Plushie by ButtercupBabyPPG

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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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
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
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.
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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!
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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...
: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 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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Sir-Kick-Ass Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015
Step 5:
:iconsadeyespinkieplz::iconsaysplz:I . . . I'm sorry mommy please don't put me in the dryer.

:iconbuttercupbabyppg: *places in dryer*

:iconsadpinkieplz::iconsaysplz:I'm sorry mommy I'll be good I promise.

:iconbuttercupbabyppg: *Closes dryer door*

:iconpinkiepiesad:

:iconbuttercupbabyppg: *Turns on dryer*


:iconsombrawtfplz::iconsaysplz:Wow, not even I'm that evil.
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Exovare Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You made me feel sad. T.T
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Sir-Kick-Ass Featured By Owner Edited Jun 8, 2015
Hey I'm not the one who put pinkie in a dryer.

*looks at comment below this one*
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ButtercupBabyPPG Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Student Filmographer
Lolllll that's great.
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Sir-Kick-Ass Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015
How can anypony be so cruel to such a cute beautiful plushy. *cries*
;P
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KatzeFisch Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
if it's alright may i start linking to this in my plush commission posts?
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Icebeerg3 Featured By Owner May 5, 2015
Finaly somepony made a guide how to clean plushies properly. There is no limits to my thanks.
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Kyoshyu Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Alright. :)
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jyroman53 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And I was searghin how to clean me custom plush ! Thanks !
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CMC--Scootaloo Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Very useful guide!

That's basically how I already do it with my Cutie Mark Crusaders plushies, except that I use shower gel instead of detergent (I'm a bit wary of detergent) and that I don't use a toothbrush. And I just dry them over the heater or in the sun.
Works quite fine, though, I already had to experience what happens if you use too much water and make them too wet, because Scootaloo's mouth is a bit deformed since I accidentally did that once and the fabric has somehow retreated itself further inside of her at this spot. :(
I don't know if your method would be the better way to do it with my plushies as I have no idea what fabric they're made out of of, but it works if they don't end up making them too wet.
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Cardcaptor12-T Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015
im thinking in bought a minky plushie but my problem was that i didnt know how to clean it.
So thank you very much =D
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ILM126 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Student Digital Artist
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kyinro Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015
thank you so much , this will be super helpful!
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FirestormDangerDash Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
Much work, much love.
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Granpapony Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
I would like to add that my clothes dryer came with a rack that sits on the non rotating parts of the dryer.  It's for drying cloth sneakers or other delicates.  So that pretty much makes it perfect for damp ponies.  I wouldn't want to subject my plushies to the beating that a tumble dryer would dish out.  Lastly, I have used a product called "tuff stuff' to clean my plushie.  It is designed for automotive interiors and made by the armor-all people.  (Look for the Yellow/Red spray can.)  I found it in the automotive department at Walmart.  Anyway, spray the tuff stuff foam onto a towel and clean plushie as described above.  Derpy wasn't wet enough afterward to warrant drying.  Worked for me. 
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Zainx10 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
Thanks for the info this will be very helpful if I need to clean my plushies. :)
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selfishgardengnomes Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
now i just need to get some minky plushes :(((((
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CaptRicoSakara Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sadly, I can't take the risk of cleaning my Pinkie Pie plush. I don't want to risk ruining it any further.
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