Dolls and wardrobes are generally easy to clean with soft soapwater (be careful
with the face, some of the paints are water soluble). Watch out for color buttons
these may dissolve shen the clothes are washed. Never wash fur, brocade and
velvet. Always remove metal earrings, as the metal will oxydate when in contact
with vinyl. Always remove the hairbow from Skipper’s head.
How to care Barbie's body?
Cleaning the Body:
Always remove the head.
First, I wash the body with a sponge dipped in diluted Palmolive dishwashing
liquid. Then, I wipe down the body with Formula 911 in 2 parts water. For stains,
I put Soft Scrub on a cotton ball, and gently wipe the area, then rinse thoroughly,
making sure no grit remains. I find Soft Scrub w/Bleach works well on dark stains
and some stains caused by clothing. When the legs get a little sticky or tacky from
cleaning, I rub them with Johnson's Baby Powder. It gives them a nice finished
look and smells wonderful.
The secret here is the sun. I use Soft Scrub w/Bleach. First, I remove the head. I
clean the entire body with the Soft Scrub to kill all the mold spores. Then, using a
Q-tip, I dab the Soft Scrub w/Bleach wherever the mold is and set the doll out in
the sun. I repeat this process daily, until the stains are gone, and this can take
quite a while. I make sure to cover the part of the doll I do not want exposed to the
sun. I've only succeeded once in completely removing the stains. This is strictly a
summer project for me.
Other suggestions for TNT legs, which I have NOT yet tried: Wash the legs with
bleach, then set the doll out in the sun Use Clearasil, and set the doll out in the sun.
Smoke / Musty Odors:
I put Barbie into a sheet of folded white tissue paper, taped at the ends, and bury
her in a container of unscented cat litter for a week. If her legs are a little sticky, as
the mod legs sometimes are, I rub a tiny bit of unscented talc on them first. Caution:
If the cat litter has a fragrance of it's own, it will transfer to Barbie.
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