Cleaning teddy bears without harsh chemicals

Teddy bears are lovely but they are a known breeding ground for dust mites. However, there are a few simple easy you can do to reduce this problem. It's a simple, three step process: freeze, wash, and dry.

In our home, we have a few too many teddy bears to do this all at once, so I removed them all en masse, and then gradually reintroduced them once they had been processed. 


  • Freezer
  • Plastic bag
  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Washing powder/liquid
  • Big bucket 

Put as many teddy bears as you can fit into a plastic bag, and then place it in the freezer for 24 hours. Next morning, remove them and soak for an hour in a bucket of hot water with eucalyptus oil. Then take them out and put through a hot wash in the machine. 

Remember it is very important to dry the teddy bears completely. I recommend this as a summer job, and you can leave them out in the sun for a day, then finish them off in the dryer.

The big clean really only needs to be done 1 or 2 times a year, but once you've done one of those, you can just throw them in the dryer for a hour with a few drops of eucalyptus oil once every couple of months.