Can you machine wash your amigurumi dolls?
Posted January 22, 2014on:
Not long ago a lady asked me if it was possible to machine wash and dry amigurumi dolls. I have never tried to wash in the machine, but I have been told that it is possible if the yarn used is acrylic and not wool. It also depends on the kind of stuffing you use, but regular poly-fil from the craft store should be washable.
Since I have never done it, I am going to put this theory to practice, and sacrifice one of my dolls for this experiment (they could use a bath anyway). I picked my little monkey he’s the stinkiest of all of them, and well.. because he’s a monkey!
The method is to put the plush in a towel, pillow case, or any piece of fabric that can protect the yarn from felting or being exposed, and set the machine to gentle wash, cold. Then you can air dry it, or if you put it in the dryer, again at the lowest setting.
I made sure to tie the bag really tight, just in case.
Then hop, in the washing machine at cold/gentle settings. I did put a tiny bit of detergent in the machine, just for some extra cleanliness. If my monkey dies, at list he will smell good.
Half an hour later, the moment of truth…
The monkey came out fine, it didn’t shrink, didn’t deform into a strange shape, it is just a little bit damp! I could just let it air dry, but since this is an experiment, I am going to put it back in its bag and in the dryer, with settings on delicate for 30 minutes.
So it is safe to say that you can wash your acrylic amigurumi plushes in the washing machine and dryer, as long as the settings are set on cold and gentle wash.
But I am not quite done yet! I decided to repeat this experiment with a dummy I used for one of my tutorials. This dummy has goggly eyes and hair. I wanted to see if the eyes would stick (they are glued to the face), and if the hair would stay in place.
No problem here either, now I am really sold. I want to thank my little plush monkey for letting me use it for this experiment, I would have been very sad if anything had happen to it. As for the dummy, well, he’s just a dummy!
I hope your find this post useful! If you have any questions or suggestions for washing, don’t hesitate to comment.
Happy crocheting… and washing!