Cleaning a Cabbage Patch Kid's Head?

Cleaning a Cabbage Patch Kid's Head - discolored doll's headI have a Cabbage Patch Kid that is from 1986. The face is mottled a dark brown/purplish color and it has some pox which I will use acne cream on, but how do I get rid of the mottling of the skin and get it back to its original color? Thanks to any who answer.


Cleaning a Cabbage Patch Kid's Head
Cleaning a Cabbage Patch Kid's Head

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October 22, 20173 found this helpful
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Cleaning cabbage patch doll.

Step 1
Using a cloth with dish soap. Wash the doll all over, do not dunk in water until you know what the doll is worth. Sometimes you may have to do this 3 or 4 times.

Step 2
For stains on the body add spot remover and scrub with a nail brush.

Step 3
Wash hair, if any, with baby shampoo.

Step 4
Use soft soap and a scrubby brush on head and face. You can use also use a magic eraser.

Step 5
Then rinse your doll in a bath and squeeze out as much water as you can. Hang to air dry.

Step 6
Then you can use acne cream on the face if stains won't come out make sure it has Benzoyl Peroxide in it. Put it on the dolls face leave in sun for a day, and then wash.


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October 22, 20171 found this helpful

Use either Barkeepers Friend or the Magic Eraser.


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October 22, 20171 found this helpful

I cleaned mine from my childhood for my little niece with a magic eraser, looked great.

June 6, 20220 found this helpful

These spots could possibly be caused by some type of mold inside the head. Vinyl is slightly porous and can absorb stains, so you might need to actually soak the head in order to expose all surfaces and promote absorption of the stain removing product. Since you've already removed the head and there's no hair to worry about, try this:


Fill a plastic basin (2 gal or more) with lukewarm water and add a few drops of laundry detergent and 2 tablespoons of household bleach. It's safe to mix laundry detergent and bleach--don't mix bleach with other cleaning products as toxic fumes can be released and make you sick.

Submerge the head in the basin for 10 minutes and then check for improvement. You could repeat the "dunkings" for 10 minutes at a time up to an hour. If it was mine, I'd probably even leave it in the basin for an hour without worrying, but I'm not recommending this as I don't know whether the vinyl might start to get brittle.


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