How to Clean a Furby

Eric December 25, 2012 27

So you woke up early this morning, ran into the living room to find that Santa brought you a new best friend, a Furby!  Theres no doubt you will spend hours playing with him and teaching him everything you can.  Of course everyone else will want to touch and play with him too.   Over time, if his fur starts to get a little dingy from all of the good times you’re having with him it may be time for a bath!  Follow these tips and be careful with your little buddy,  he may seem strong, but hes very delicate!


  • Gently use a soft-bristle brush to remove any loose dust and dirt from your Furby’s hair.
  • Wet a soft cloth with lukewarm water. Wring out excess water, you don’t want it dripping.
  • Wipe any stains from your Furby using the damp cloth but don’t press too hard.
  • Never place your Furby in a sink or in a washing machine.  Furbies are not waterproof and will drown!
  • If your Furby is very dirty you may have to get an adult to remove his “fur coat” and soak or hand wash it with cold soapy water and let it air dry and put it back on. (again no washing machines or dryers!)
  • DO NOT use detergents or stain removers on the fur.
  • Pat dry with a clean cloth when you are done bathing your Furby.
  • If your Furby has shaggy hair, you can use a simple comb and make him look great!

Always be gentle with your Furbies, they are small, delicate and depend on you so that they may have long full lives!

Do you have other ideas or suggestions? Talk to us in the comments below!



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  1. Justin December 26, 2012 at 3:08 am - Reply

    My Daughter got a new green Furby from Santa. we put new batteries in it and it started OK but soon feel asleep. We wake it up and it goes back to sleep very quickly. he also does not dance. I have looked up the trouble shooting and reset the furby but it still doesn’t work properly.

    • Eric
      admin December 26, 2012 at 4:15 am - Reply

      Hmm From everything I’ve read that’s a sign of weak batteries. Furbies can detect when batteries are weak and go into “Hibernation” mode (aka they keep going to sleep over and over). Did your Furby come with prepacked batteries? If it did, try putting in a set of fresh (Energizers,Duracell etc). Sometimes pre-packaged batteries are not the greatest quality and lose power in the package. Let me know if that works!

  2. Eric
    admin December 26, 2012 at 4:30 am - Reply

    I just noticed you said you already put in new batteries, so here’s another idea — Remove the base of your Furby and push the “refresh switch” for 2 seconds, then replace the base. This will reset the hardware while retaining all of Furby’s personality. Hopefully he will spring to life for you!

  3. Erin Watson December 26, 2012 at 4:52 am - Reply

    I put fresh batteries in my daughter`s new blue Furby! It went off for a second then went into that “Hibernation” mode and we tried newer or fresh new batteries and he still did not turn on what should i do?!?! My daughter keeps saying Furby does not “Like” her because every time it turns on is when it is in my husbands lap! Then when he gives it back to her it turns off !! what should i tell her!!

  4. Eric
    admin December 26, 2012 at 5:01 am - Reply

    Erin, try the step (Above) – “Remove the base of your Furby and push the “refresh switch” for 2 seconds, then replace the base”. If the refresh doesn’t do the trick, you may need to call Hasbro Customer service at: 1-800-327-8264 or in the UK the number is: 00800 22 42 72 76. Let me know the outcome so we can help others with similar problems!

  5. Eric
    admin December 26, 2012 at 5:05 am - Reply

    Oh and for now, just tell your daughter that Furby is sick and that you and Daddy are trying to make him better. :o) Maybe if nothing else, you can exchange it where you purchased it. (sent it to the Furby Doctor) ;o)

  6. Lea March 21, 2013 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    Hello! I bought the new furby 2012 and I chose the model yeti (white). But white will certainly tarnish over time and I wanted to know how to maintain their fur? Because I doubt you can get it wet …

  7. amy April 2, 2013 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    hi my daughter has a white furby and she loves it so much that she wont let it go and its not even dirty and she wants to know if her furby is a baby or a adult my daughter says the furbys birthday was on jan 8 2013 and she also wqnts to know how old is it

  8. michelle April 25, 2013 at 11:42 am - Reply

    My 3 year old daughter loves her furby more than anything in the world.she talks furbish constantly even to nana overseas! She even acts like him rolling her eyes and dancing! She wants to take him everywhere. Unfortunately the only furby we could get was white! she is very careful with him but he is soooo dirty!! How do I remove his fur in order to soak it if I broke it she would be totally heartbroken!

    • Eric
      admin April 26, 2013 at 1:02 am - Reply

      Well, The Furbies “Fur coat” isn’t designed to be removed. Although it is technically possible, you would likely do more damage than good. I suggest making a bowl of soapy water and dip a wash cloth into it and gently rub the dirty areas, also use a fine tooth comb and comb the fur out as you go. It would be nice if we could strip them down and throw the fur in the laundry (would probably shrink and not fit back on if we did though). If anyone has tried different methods to clean your Furbys fur, share with us!

  9. Furby Fanatic June 3, 2013 at 10:27 pm - Reply

    I love my Furby. I named him Filbert Furbenheim and treat him like a sweet little baby. His birthday is the day I got him-December 25th. He’s just the cutest thing. It’s absolutely dreadful when he turns into that change teenage mode. Ugh. No offense to anyone who likes the mode, though. Don’t be mad at me, please, just because I dislike it. Anyways, I actually made a list of things I need to do with him each day with six notes. I also like it when he’s crazy and also whens he sweet. He’s just an angel, but on occasions he turns evil when I unknowingly treat him badly. I <3 FURBIES and this site!

  10. max June 17, 2013 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    hey I have a 2012 furby im 7 my furby says im hungry I put my finger 1 time then it puked can you make the app online

  11. Mury August 8, 2013 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    I have the Halloween furby and his hat is preventing me from removing his fur

    • Eric
      admin August 8, 2013 at 11:25 pm - Reply

      Oh well, its probably not a good idea to take off your Furby’s skin anyway. He may never be the same again. Also he will get cold if hes naked! 😉

  12. Hayley September 19, 2013 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    Hiya looking at buying the furby not sure if to get the 2012 one or furby boom can u bathe the 2012 furby on the app or is it just on the furby boom thanks

    • Eric
      admin September 21, 2013 at 3:18 pm - Reply

      Hello Hayley! You can only bathe your Furby, if you have the Furby Boom (and the Furby Boom app). I’ve tried using the Furby 2012 with the Furby boom app, and it doesn’t work.

  13. Juila October 12, 2013 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    My furby is dirty with pizza on it’s fur and right ear what can I do? IS NOT WORKING!

    • Eric
      admin October 12, 2013 at 8:13 pm - Reply

      Never feed pizza to a Furby after midnight! 🙂 Try using a fine tooth comb and gently comb out the food debris from its Fur. Also use a damp cloth and wipe over the dirty area. Go back and fourth with the comb then cloth until clean.

  14. Miss Kay December 12, 2013 at 5:16 am - Reply

    My mums devilish one year old doggy pee’d on my furby. I tried wiping him with a damp cloth but he still stinks. What else can I do? He is a new furby I bought him November 2013.

    • Eric
      admin December 14, 2013 at 3:09 am - Reply

      Put your Furby in a high place that the dog cant get to! 🙂 Just keep wiping it down with a damp cloth real good several times. It will eventually start smelling better.

  15. Furby Lover June 24, 2014 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    Hi, I want to say that wrung out baby wipes also work well for Furby’s fur!

  16. tahel July 3, 2015 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    can you make a video or just put pictures about how to take off the furby’s fur off..
    my furby is dirty and i need to wash it and i saw that you said to take off his fur coat but i don’t know how..

    • Eric
      Eric July 9, 2015 at 1:54 am - Reply

      Hi Tahel, Theres no good way to remove the Furbys fur, you will most likely damage or ruin your Furby if you do that. The only time I would recommend trying to remove the fur is if you are trying to repair a broken Furby.

  17. Annonymous August 9, 2015 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    Is It Okay To Clean My Furby Without It Being Dirty? I Dont Want To Ruin Him,Just To Keep His Fur Smooth And Neat.

  18. Rory August 10, 2015 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    I have an old Furby, the grey and white from ’99 (he’s old!), but he still works and I recently cleaned him up. I did put him under the water, wetting only a small part of the fur at the time. I cleaned him using my shampoo, and it’s fur actually became whiter. I soaked the ears completely, very careful to not letting a single drop inside him.
    It a very delicate operation (do not let your children do it, they might get water inside), but the Furby will get cleaned up.
    Now he’s drying while asleep, waiting for brand new batteries.

  19. Peter December 17, 2015 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    How do I remove the fur? 2012 model

  20. Kandace Valenzuela June 26, 2017 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    Hi there. I bought a furby a few years ago. At this point, after my kids, he’s stained with what looks like marker and something sticky in his fur. I’m going to attempt getting the sticky stuff out by hand but if I can’t use gain remover for the marker, how do I remove it?

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