How to Clean a WubbaNub

The WubbaNub makes a perfect companion for your little one at home or on-the-go. Here’s how to keep the plush-pacifier combo clean to prevent the spread of bacteria.


When my children were infants, I carried a pacifier with me wherever we went. It was more than a piece of flexible silicone. It was a fail-proof way to get my little ones to sleep without a fuss.

Unfortunately, the chaos of motherhood resulted in more than a few lost pacifiers. The pacifiers I didn’t lose would eventually tear or crack. Refusing to waste any more money on cheap binkies, I asked friends what brand of pacifiers they prefer.

Most pointed me in the direction of WubbaNubs.

Part plush toy, part pacifier, the popular WubbaNub is a safe and effective way to soothe your infant. The adorable plush characters are securely attached to a Soothie brand pacifier which not only comforts your little one but also makes it less likely that you’ll lose track of the binky.

“It doesn’t easily get lost in small spaces (like the couch.),” says blogger Katie Clark. “If it falls out of your kid’s mouth, it generally just falls straight down, and you can find it right away (though you obviously will still want to clean it off if it falls on a dirty surface!).”

The one downside I found was that WubbaNubs were more difficult to clean then traditional pacifiers. As the plush is permanently attached to the pacifier, each component must be cleaned separately. To make the process easier, I’ve put together a basic how-to:

How to Clean a WubbaNub

Washing the Nipple

  1. Soak the pacifier nipple in a clean container filled with warm water and mild liquid soap.
  2. Bring a pot of water to boil on the stovetop. Once it boils, remove it from heat.
  3. Remove the nipple from the soapy water and rinse it under the faucet until all the suds are gone. If there is stuck-on residue, you may need to use your fingers or a clean cloth to remove it.
  4. Place the nipple portion into the pot of hot water for two to four minutes to sterilize it.
  5. Once cool, squeeze the nipple gently to release any excess water. Allow the nipple to air dry.

Washing the Plush

  1. Handwashing the plush toy is the best method to preserve its quality. Start with a sink or wash basin filled with cold water and a small amount of wash soap.
  2. Use your hands to gently scrub the plush. A cleaning brush can be used for a deeper clean.
  3. Rinse the plush under cold water to remove all dirt and soap residue.
  4. Fold a towel in half and press the plush between the two sides to get as much water out as possible.
  5. Allow the plush to air dry. Hanging it is the best option to allow any excess water to drip.

Washing the Entire WubbaNub

  1. If you prefer to wash the entire WubbaNub (pacifier and plush) at once, place it in a mesh laundry bag or lingerie bag.
  2. Put the WubbaNub into the washing machine with your choice of baby-friendly detergent.
  3. Set the washer to gentle cycle and allow the WubbaNub to go through the cycle. You can add other baby clothes at this time to avoid water and energy waste.
  4. Allow the WubbaNub to air dry in a well-ventilated area. Do not put the WubbaNub in the dryer as the heating element can affect the integrity of the pacifier. WubbaNubs also can’t be used in the dishwasher.

The Most Popular WubbaNubs

Baby Giraffe

how to clean giraffe wubbanub
Made with medical grade, latex-free silicone, the durable one-piece pacifier and plush is perfect for newborns less than six months of age or babies without teeth. The soft baby giraffe design is gender-neutral and oh-so-cute.

Green Frog

WubbaNubs are distributed in hospitals, NICUs, and well-baby units all across the country and for good reason. The pacifiers are BPA, PVC, and phthalate-free and have a one-piece construction, meaning no germs hiding in cracks. The green frog design features tiny legs that your baby can hold onto.


Each WubbaNub is carefully calculated in size and weight to gently keep the pacifier near your infant’s mouth. The soft plush also makes it easier for your little one to grab and manipulate the pacifier. This darling elephant design is a great comfort tool.

While cleaning a WubbaNub isn’t difficult, it can take time. To ensure that your infant always has a clean one available, consider having two on hand. While you’re cleaning one, you have an extra available.

Plan to replace your pacifiers when they start showing signs of wear or on a regular basis to avoid a buildup of bacteria. Researcher and microbiology expert at Oklahoma Stat University Thomas Glass, DDS, PhD recommends sanitizing pacifiers each evening and replacing them every two weeks. With proper care, your little one’s furry friend with a pacifier on the end will remain squeaky clean.


Brandy Dishaw

Brandy is a content specialist and proud mother of two children. She enjoys writing engaging content on parenting, children’s health, and educational topics, and has been published on websites like Modern Mom, Yahoo! Shine, and With more than a decade of experience as a writer and mom, she combines research and personal experience to provide her audience with insight to the world of parenting.

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