Cleaning an Old Doll

I bought two old dolls. They have glass eyes and there is a white powder on them. They open and close and have eye lashes. How do I clean them without damaging them? They were made in the 30's.

By Sharon from AR

February 26, 20100 found this helpful

I am a doll collector. wash the dolls eyes with dish soap and water. then, put sewing machine oil on the eyes. When you put the doll away to store, put her face down, to protect her eyes. I have learned this from antique doll dealers.

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Here is a way to remove hard grime on a vintage plastic doll without scraping and doing damage. This was a life size Patti Playpal doll that I found stored away for years.


First wash the plastic doll with with mild dish soap and warm water to remove dust. Then hang the doll upside down so all the water will drain out though the hair.

When completely dry use Goo Gone on a paper towel. The paper towel is just stiff enough to remove the grime.


Use Q-tips to do the details.

The results are pretty nice! :)

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February 23, 2010 Flag
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I have ball point pen on a vintage doll's face. How do I remove it?

By yikes from Alberta


Cleaning an Old Doll

I just read and noted the following. I believe it was on this site. To remove ink from vinyl dolls, spread acne cream on the ink and put it the sun. The ink will vanish. I hope it works for you. (09/01/2009)

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August 31, 2009 Flag
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I have a 30 year old doll that was my mom's and she passed a few months ago. The doll's face is real sticky and blotchy and there are some spots on her hands. Please help me clean it.



Cleaning an Old Doll

The doll is probably rubber. You can use something like 409, and then rinse it off. Rubbing alcohol takes off ink, also. (09/15/2005)


Cleaning an Old Doll

Contact a doll collector's club. They should know, or be able to find out, about your doll and its composition (what it's made of). Best of all they should be able to tell you how to clean and restore it without ruining it. Best of luck with your special treasure. (09/16/2005)

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