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By The Wakaii Team

How Long Do Plushies Last?

So you've got a bunch of these cuddly little critters, right?

You know, the kind that are too cute for their own good and just beg for a big ol'  hug. 

Let's talk about how to keep them fresh and fluffy for as long as possible.

Today, we're diving headfirst into the plushie-pool and coming out with fistfuls of insider knowledge.

How Long Do Plushies Last?

Ever wondered how long plushies last?

Well, let me tell ya, these guys can hang around for quite a while. On average, we're talking about 5 years or more. That's a whole lot of snuggling!

But wait a minute, it's not just about time. It's also about the quality of your plushie's life.

Are they getting squished under a pile of laundry or getting their fluffy faces smeared with peanut butter and jelly? C'mon, they deserve better than that!

Some key factors that play a huge role in how long a stuffed animal lasts include the quality of the materials they're made from, how often they're getting loved and of course, how well you take care of 'em.

With the right care, your plushie pal can even last for decades.

Yeah, you heard me right, decades!

How Can I Keep My Plushies Fresh?

Let's talk about the main steps to plushie pampering: cleaning, drying, and storage.

Just like you wouldn't jump into bed without washing off the day's grime, your plushie needs a good clean too.

But we're not just talking about a spritz of Febreze here.

We mean a thorough clean, inside and out. And nope, you can't just chuck them in the washing machine (well, not always).

Not giving your plushie a good clean is like inviting dust mites and allergens to a never-ending party. And trust me, that's one shindig you don't want to be a part of. But if you ever are, check out our guide on cleaning infested plushies!

But remember folks, it's not just about cleaning, drying your plushie properly after cleaning is a game-changer. Else, you might just end up with a moldy mess instead of a cuddly companion. Nobody wants to hug a musty teddy, right?

So in the wise words of a certain toy story cowboy, "Take care of your toys, and they'll take care of you." And folks, that's the honest to goodness truth!

How Do I Clean My Plushies?

So, you've decided to give your plushie the spa day it deserves. Good on ya! But you might be wondering, "Where do I start?"

Our cleaning guide goes into further details but here's the gist of it:

  • Check the label: No, really! Most plushies have care instructions attached. Make sure to give them a look-see before diving into cleaning.
  • Missing or faded tag? No problemo! We've all been there. In such a case, it's always safest to treat your plushie as a "hand wash only" item.
  • Hand wash for delicate items: Some plushies are just too delicate for the washing machine. In these cases, a gentle hand wash is your best bet.

But wait, what about drying?

Well, unless the label specifically says otherwise, avoid the dryer. Instead, gently squeeze out excess water (no wringing, please!), wrap your plushie in a towel and let them air dry in a well-ventilated area.

If you're in a bit of a hurry, you can always consider the two faster drying methods.

How Do I Store My Plushies?

Alright, now that your plushie is squeaky clean and dry, where are you gonna put them? On the bed? On a shelf? Or just piled up in a corner?

Let's be real here, proper storage is a big part of how long stuffed toys last.

Not only does it protect your plushie from dust, dirt and damage, but it also keeps them looking neat and tidy. Plus, it's a whole lot easier to find your favorite when they're not buried under a plushie mountain!

There's a heap of storage options out there, so let's take a look at a few:

Toy cages, chests, hanging organizers, hammocks, under-the-bed storage containers... the list goes on. The right choice depends on your number of plushies, the available space and of course, your personal preference.

But hey, who says you have to pick just one? A combination of storage solutions could be the perfect answer to your plushie clutter!

How Do I Preserve My Plushies For The Long-Term?

So, your plushie is clean, dry and has a new home. Now, how do you keep 'em fresh for the long term?

Here's the deal. If you're thinking about packing away your plushies for a while, there are a few things you need to consider.

For starters, make sure they're super clean and completely dry before you store them. And try not to cram too many in one container, plushies need space to breathe!

Climate-controlled storage units can be a lifesaver for long-term storage.

They keep your plushies safe from temperature swings, humidity, pests... you name it! They might be a bit of an investment, but if you're serious about having your plushies last, they're worth considering.

When Do I Say Goodbye?

Alright, now for the tough part. When do you know it's time to retire your plushie?

Keep an eye out for signs of wear and tear that can't be mended, like fraying fabric, loose seams, or stains that won't come out.

Sometimes, a plushie is just worn out from love, and that's okay. It's a testament to all the cuddles, adventures, and bedtime stories you shared.

Retiring a beloved plushie can be tough, but remember, it doesn't mean you love them any less. And hey, there's always room in your heart (and your bed) for a new plushie pal! 

You can even take advantage of our sale at Wakaii! We have a storewide sale up to 50% off this summer with adorable plushies just waiting to find a new home.


So, there you have it, folks! We've covered everything from how long a stuffed animal lasts to knowing when to retire your cuddly companions.

It's a lot, but don't worry, with a little care and attention, your plushies can stay huggable for years to come.

Remember, "A plushie is for life, not just for Christmas." So let's show 'em some love, Wakaii style!

Before you head off,  don't forget to check out our plushie collection!

We've got all sorts of cuddly critters waiting to find their forever homes. And hey, who knows? You might just meet your next plushie BFF!

Oh, and one last thing. Want to keep up with all things plushie? Subscribe to our newsletter and get 15% off your next purchase!

We can't wait to welcome you into our family :)

And hey, now I have a question for you.

What's the name of your first plushie and do you still have it with you?

Please let me know in the comments, we love sharing plushie stories in our community!


What's the typical lifespan of a plushie?

On average, a plushie can last for 5 years or more. However, it also depends on how well you take care of it. With some TLC, your plushie can last for decades!

How can I keep my plushies fresh?

Keeping your plushies fresh involves a good routine of cleaning, drying, and proper storage. Remember, it's all about the care you give to your fluffy buddies.

How do I preserve my plushies for the long term?

Before storing your plushies long-term, make sure they're super clean and completely dry. Don't cram too many in one container. Consider using climate-controlled storage units, they're perfect for keeping your plushies safe and sound.

When do I say goodbye to my plushie?

If your plushie has signs of wear and tear that can't be mended, like fraying fabric or loose seams, it might be time to retire them. It's tough, but hey, there's always room for a new plushie pal!


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