Truesunn's Cleaning Tips
So, you just got back from the "garbage" sale down the street with a Cafe Ole doll that you paid $.50 for. Yeah, she has her hat and shoes, and even Burrito, but, boy, she looks like she just had a mud bath!!! What do you do???
The following tis are ones that I PERSONALLY have used and found to work, or in some cases, DO NOT!
If you have a cleaning tip to share with other collectors, please mail it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org!!! Thanks!
Cleaning the Doll/Hair and Pets...
- For nasty stains, I recommend NON BLEACH Soft Scrub abrasive cleaner. However, DO NOT use it on the facial area (I learned the hard way... (Now Apple has a smudge on her cheek!) Works best when applied to a small sponge or I use a Q-tip. I DO NOT recommend this for pets, they are too small... (One slip and there goes some paint!)
- If the doll is still scented, DO NOT wash her hair with shampoo, soap, cleaner, etc. It can take the scent out!!! If not you can wash her hair with shampoo.
- You can soak even the scented dolls in plain water. For the stubborn dirt between the toes and fingers and in crevasses, you can use a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a Q-tip.
- If you have, say, Angelcake, or Raspberry Tart and it looks like they haven't had a perm in a while, you can get the small perm rods and wrap the hair while it is wet... Not as good as original factory wrap, but better then the frizzies!!! Allow 24 hours for the hair to dry before removing the rods!
- If your doll is unscented, consider working a little scented oil into her hair to renew her (or him!)
Cleaning the Clothes
- I like to use washing powder ( I use my daughter's dreft!) in a small amount of water in a plastic butter dish with a lid. Put in a few granules, water and the outfit/hat and put on the lid... Shake vigorously for a few minutes, then rinse. Repeat if needed.
- I heard, but have not tried, that you can use automatic dishwasher detergent to clean the clothing, too.
- I use the alcohol swab to clean the shoes.
Cleaning Plastic Doll Accessories...
- Here is the tip of the century: Use Avon Skin-So-Soft to remove CRAYON, using a small amount on a sponge.
- Fantastik Multi-Purpose cleaner is great for that ground in grime.
- You could try Soft Scrub, but DO NOT use on decals or painted areas!!!
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