Can You Wash Squishmallows? Yes!

Can you wash Squishmallows? According to the official Squishmallow Twitter account, you can. They recommend placing your Mallow in a pillow case and machine wash on low, then tumble dry on the lowest heat setting. 

However, there are other things to consider. Your child (or you) loves Squishmallows, that’s why it’s significant to keep it in good condition. Learning how to wash Squishmallows properly ensures a clean and happy toy.

The daily use of a Squishmallow can create stains, dirt, or odors. When the Squishmallow starts to get too dirty, there are a few methods to restore it to top shape again.

When cleaning something as delicate as a plush toy, it’s important to avoid any practices that could further damage the toy beyond it just being dirty.

Although Squishmallow recommends using the washing machine, I recommend handwashing if you have an older machine.

How to Machine Wash

According to this official twitter thread by Squishmallow, the following steps on how to wash Squishmallows:

  1. Place your dirty Squishmallow in a pillow case and machine wash cold with other items
  2. Tumble dry on the lowest heat possible

These steps work great for smaller Squishmallows and people without agitators in their washing machines. If your washing machine does have an agitator, or you have a large Squishmallow, keep reading below to see how to wash Squishmallows by hand.

How to Wash Squishmallows By Hand

It’s easiest to handwash Squishmallows in the sink, but extra-large options might require you to do it in the bathtub instead. To get the best wash, do the following:

  1. Fill the sink halfway with cold water
  2. Add to tablespoons of laundry detergent
  3. Mix around in order to soak the Squishmallow
  4. Delicately squeeze the soapy water through the toy and use your fingers to rub any extra soiled spots.
  5. Once clean, gently squeeze the Squishmallow as you run it under running water to rinse it
  6. After the rinse, gently squeeze the Squishmallow to dry it
  7. Hang dry

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How to Wash a Squishmallows Without a Full Wash?

If you don’t want to do a full wash, or maybe your Squishmallow is just smelly, check out the following additional cleaning options.

Spot Cleaning

If researching how to wash Squishmallows made you realize your toy doesn’t need a full bath, consider a quick spot clean to clean trouble areas. Before spot cleaning, test your detergent of choice on the Mallow in an unseen area to determine if it’s safe to use.
Follow the steps below to spot clean your Mallow.
  1. Mix one teaspoon of dish detergent into a cup of cold water
  2. Use the corner of a rag to gently wipe the surface of the Squishmallow until the spot is removed
  3. With another clean damp rag, lightly wipe away the soap when the area is clean


To have plush toys smelling fresh and clean, shake them in a plastic bag with a cup of baking soda. It’s best to let the toy sit in the bag for a few hours to deodorize. When you are to remove the toy, shake the powder off outside and your toy is ready to go. 
If there is still remnants of baking soda on the toy, tumble dry in the dryer on no heat for one minute. Then clean your dryer.

How Often Should You Wash a Squishmallow?

There is no definitive guide on how often you should wash Squishmallows. However, you should refrain from washing more than once a week in order to protect the colors from fading. Additionally, if you wash too much, the inside stuffing might become damaged.
If your Squishmallow gets a lot of use and is dirty frequently, washing once a week is fine. Washing will also help with allergies if you suffer from them.
If you notice any loose strings coming out of the Squishmallow before or after the wash, it’s important not to pull on them. The best practice is to cut with scissors.