How to Wash Japanese Plushies

  • By: Mohammed Zeliche
  • Date: November 12, 2021
  • Time to read: 5 min.

Japan is known for its cute, adorable “kawaii” style. For those of you who are new to the kawaii culture, one of the most popular items is Japanese plushies. These little stuffed animals can be bought at any local store or online retailer for a very low price.  

What you might not know is that these products come with certain care instructions that must be followed if you want them to last long and stay in good condition!  In this article, we will share some tips on how to wash your Japanese plushies correctly so they don’t fall apart!

Why Choose Japanese Plushies?

Japanese Plushies are stuffed with high-quality cotton and come in a variety of styles. They also range from very cheap to more expensive, depending on the brand.  However, not all Japanese plushies are washable. 

If you choose a product that isn’t washable you should be aware that its lifespan will only be about a year. After a few washes, the stitching comes undone and there is nothing you can do short of re-stitching or gluing it back together!

If you have an older plushie that is coming apart at the seams there is still hope for it! The key to helping your old plushies new life is to add some stuffing into their arms and legs so they keep their shape when being washed.

When to Wash Your Plushie:

You should only wash your Japanese Plushies when they get dirty. If you choose to wash them too often because they look “un-cute” you will be sacrificing their life expectancy because washing them breaks down the stitching that holds them together.  

To prevent this, if your plushie is balding or losing its stuffing, adding some new stuffing inside the arms and legs can help increase its lifespan! This is also important because if a plushie loses all of its stuffing it becomes impossible to stuff it back into itself again making it useless after one trip through the washer.

How to Wash Japanese Plushies:

  • Separate all parts of its body (arms/legs) before washing.
  • Hand wash your plushie, do not use the machine!   A top loading washer may cause agitation leading to the plushies destruction if they are placed side by side with other clothes because there is a risk the plushies will become entangled in other clothes.  A front load washer is better because its agitators are on the bottom of the machine and it uses less water, but putting a plushie in with other clothes is still risky. 
  • While hand washing you can use a small amount of mild detergent (nothing harsh or “heavy duty”). 
  • Use cold water to avoid shrinkage (and save energy too!)
  • Lay flat to dry on an absorbent towel (do NOT put in the dryer).

Before laying your plushie down to dry you should make sure it’s completely free from soap residue. If there’s any soapy lather leftover this could irritate your skin when hugging them later on.

Once they’re dry, stuff them back into shape. Use a small amount of “Stuffing” (NOT cotton balls/tissue paper), and do not overstuff! Using too much stuffing will make your plushie lumpy and the excess will show through the outdoor fabric.

Try to recreate their original shape as best you can by pushing in any parts that have been stretched out from use. 8- Take a picture before you give it a wash because washing your Japanese Plushies could change their appearance, sometimes creating rare or valuable collector’s items! Don’t say we didn’t warn ya!

If you follow these instructions for washing Japanese Plushies correctly they should last you a long time. If taken care of properly they’re designed to last longer than regular stuffed animals! With these tips, you can now enjoy all your cute plushies without having to worry about them falling apart!

Taking care of your Japanese Plushies will keep them looking new for years and keep everyone happy because they won’t be getting ruined in the washer. When you need to wash one, don’t forget these steps so you can help preserve their life! 

What’s so special about Japanese Plushies?

Assorted color plush toys
  • They are soft, cuddly, and cute.
  • Japanese Plushies have a history of being made with quality material so they last much longer than other stuffed animals/plushies!
  • High quality stitching throughout makes them more durable & helps prevent fabric shedding , which is why consignment shops sell higher-end plushies for much higher prices!
  • There are different styles to choose from for all tastes (modern/anime styles).
  • Many varieties to choose from – big, small, plushies that stand up by themselves, plushies that fit in hand bags or backpacks, plushies that light up the dark…etc.. 
  • There are even ones that play music when you hug them!
  • Even kids can collect plushies – age doesn’t matter!
  • For a more mature audience there are even adult plushies.
  • They have a furry texture to them. 
  • Japanese Plushies cute faces & many expressions make people happy!
  • Japanese companies put a lot of effort into making their products look as accurate as possible, which means each plushie has very fine attention to detail !
  • If you take care of your Japanese Plushies they’ll last longer than those made by other companies because the quality material they’re made from will prevent fabric shedding and the stitching is superior so the seams don’t tear open. 

What’s to Avoid While Washing Plushies?

  • Do not use the dryer! Hang them to dry on an absorbent towel to keep their original shape.
  • Do not wash plushies made from minky ! 
  • Do not iron plushies either – this can melt the material!


With that, we hope you have learned how to wash your Japanese plushies. If not, please let us know so we can help you out! And if you want more information on anything else related to this topic, don’t hesitate to reach out. We are always happy to answer any questions or concerns our readers may have about the world of anime and manga-related products!

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