How to Clean Felt Toys: 8 Easy Steps to Keep Them Looking Like New


Felt toys are great for kids and adults alike. They're soft, durable, and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. However, over time, they can accumulate dirt and grime, which can be unsightly and potentially harmful to your health. Therefore, it's important to clean felt toys regularly to keep them looking great and free from harmful bacteria. In this article, we'll go over the steps you can take to clean your felt toys effectively.

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

53 felt finger puppets created by Ganapati Crafts Co. laying out on a white table

Before you start cleaning your felt toys, it's important to gather all the supplies you'll need. This will ensure that you're able to clean your toys thoroughly and efficiently. Here are some supplies you'll need:

  • Mild detergent or soap
  • Warm water
  • Clean towels or cloths
  • Soft-bristled brush
  • Vacuum cleaner or sticky tape

Step 2: Inspect Your Felt Toys

Close-up of a bunny felt finger puppet being worn and inspected by a young woman in Nepal.

Before you begin cleaning your felt toys, it's important to inspect them for any damage or wear and tear. If you notice any holes, tears, or loose threads, it's best to repair them before cleaning. This will prevent further damage and ensure that your toys last longer.

Step 3: Vacuum Your Felt Toys

To remove any loose dirt or debris, it's best to start by vacuuming your felt toys. Use a soft-bristled brush attachment to gently remove any dirt or dust from the surface of the toys. Be sure to vacuum all sides of the toys, including any crevices or hard-to-reach areas.

If you don't have a vacuum, you can try using a lint roller or sticky tape to remove any loose debris and dirt from the felt toy. Simply roll the lint roller over the surface of the toy, or wrap the tape around your fingers with the sticky side facing out and press it onto the felt to pick up any dirt or debris. You may need to repeat this process a few times to remove all of the dirt and debris.

Step 4: Prepare the Cleaning Solution

Next, it's time to prepare the cleaning solution. Fill a bowl or sink with warm water and add a small amount of mild detergent or soap. Mix the solution until it's well combined.

Step 5: Wash Your Felt Toys

Close-up of a bunny felt finger puppet being held and inspected by a young woman in Nepal.

Once you've prepared the cleaning solution, it's time to wash your felt toys. Gently submerge the toys in the solution and use your hands to rub them gently. Avoid using too much pressure, as this can damage the toys. If you're worried about the colors bleeding, you can test a small area first to see how it reacts.

Step 6: Rinse Your Felt Toys

After washing your felt toys, it's important to rinse them thoroughly to remove any remaining soap or detergent. Rinse the toys under running water until the water runs clear. Be sure to squeeze out any excess water gently, without wringing or twisting the toys.

Step 7: Dry Your Felt Toys

Moana Christmas Ornament Set from Christmas Ornament Collection by Ganapati Crafts

To dry your felt toys, lay them flat on a clean towel or cloth. Gently reshape the toys if necessary, and allow them to air dry completely. Avoid using a dryer or exposing the toys to direct sunlight, as this can cause damage or fading.

Step 8: Store Your Felt Toys

felt finger puppet set of 12 pieces from Ganapati Crafts Co.

Once your felt toys are dry, it's important to store them properly to prevent any further damage. Store them in a dry, cool place, away from direct sunlight or moisture. You can also use a plastic storage container or a cloth bag to protect them from dust and dirt.


Cleaning your felt toys doesn't have to be a chore. With these simple steps, you can keep your toys looking great and free from harmful bacteria. Remember to gather your supplies, inspect your toys, vacuum them, prepare the cleaning solution, wash and rinse them gently, dry them properly, and store them in a cool, dry place. With a little bit of care, your felt toys will last for years to come!


Yian Chang

Owner of Ganapati Crafts Co.

Yian, a Taiwanese Floridian, operates as a handicraft vendor, offering a range of charming and unique products including felt finger puppets, nursery decor, holiday ornaments, and handwoven bags. Be sure to visit Yian's brand, Ganapati Crafts Co., to explore her creative and one-of-a-kind creations.