Cleaning Barbie Clothes

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Even Barbie needs to wash her clothes sometimes. Given their size it can be a bit tricky to wash them. This is a page about cleaning Barbie clothes.


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January 28, 2012

The best way to clean Barbie clothes, in my opinion, is to put them in a knee high stocking and tie a knot it in. They'll get clean and will be easy to find in washer or dryer.

By Darlene from Highland, CA

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Barbie clothes are actually very easy to clean. When my daughter was little and had Barbies, I put the clothes in a mesh bag like what you'd put lingerie in.

The bags keep the clothes from getting "lost" in the wash, and they get a good cleaning too. I kept them in this bag to go in the dryer too. They would run through the washer and dryer along with like colors in a load of my clothes. I did this for years and never had a problem. And Barbie always looked fresh and clean!


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May 9, 2019

I purchased a Barbie doll outfit Satin Rose. It has some stains on the skirt and pants; I believe it is silk. Can I clean it with Oxiclean?


May 9, 20190 found this helpful

I would try dusting it with cornstarch or baby powder before washing it. Washing could leave a water stain.

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May 9, 20190 found this helpful

Oxiclean is too strong for this. I don't think the outfit is silk, I think it is satin. Is it the a little skirt, jacket and blouse--deep pink?


If you are willing to brave water (I am not sure I would...depends on how dirty the item is), I would only use something like a drop or two of Delft (the detergent people use for baby clothes or maybe a drop of Woolite).

The old clothes are so delicate, I would be so afraid of damage.

There are lots of websites devoted to cleaning Barbie clothes. I found one that suggested Oxi (I disagree), most suggest other solutions:

Post back with a before and after!!

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May 10, 20190 found this helpful

In a large bowl put cold water mixed with woolite extra delicate care.
Mix about a tbls of the soap in the water.
Dip a soft in the solution and blot it on the barbie outfit keep doing this only if it is taking out the stain.Allow to dry and repeat if necesssary.

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May 19, 20190 found this helpful

Hopefully, your garment is nice and clean by now but if you are still looking for suggestions;


Try using clothes pins to hang the garment on a thin clothes hanger over a thick towel and spray the garment with a pet enzyme cleaner - let it drip onto the towel and leave for a while.
Check before it is dry to see if stains are gone - if not - try the same again.
I would spray the complete garment and let it drip.
This is an enzyme cleaner (pet odor remover/stain remover) and it works on a lot of stains but is not a harsh cleaner.

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