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Stuffed Easter Bunny

Refurbishing Stuffed AnimalsStuffed animals can be cleaned up and refurbished for a new life with a loving child. This is a page about refurbishing stuffed animals.


Teddy Bear with Band-Aids

Removing Band-Aids from Stuffed Animals?Kids can sometimes feel comforted by having a favorite stuffed animal get a Band-Aid in the same place as their injury. However, the Band-Aids can leave a sticky residue on the fur of the stuffed animal. This is a page about removing Band-Aids from stuffed animals.


Antique Dolls

Removing Musty Smells from Dolls?This is a page about removing musty smells from dolls . Improper storage can give dolls a moldy odor that can be challenging to remove.


Stuffed Animal

Removing Ink From Stuffed Animals?This is a page about removing ink from stuffed animals. Children love to draw on just about anything.


pattern books for making Cabbage Patch Kids and clothing

Cleaning Cabbage Patch Dolls?This is a page about cleaning Cabbage Patch dolls. Whether is it your old treasured Cabbage Patch Kid or your child's newer one, you may need to clean them periodically.


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Musty Smell on a Stuffed Toy?My daughter got an old poseable teddy bear from a friend of mine and it smells musty. Can I wash and dry this? And if I can, how? Thank you in advance for any/all help with this.


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Removing Crayon from Plastic?How to remove crayon from plastic little tikes tables? I have tried the magic erasers, spray cleaners, but no success. If anyone has a solution I would really appreciate it.


Old rubber doll of a boy playing a guitar.

Cleaning Rubber Dolls?Vintage rubber dolls can be cleaned if you you use care and gentle methods and products. This is a page about cleaning rubber dolls.


Barbie in pink top and jean shorts

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



Child sniffing and hugging large stuffed bear

Cleaning Cigarette Smoke Odors on...This is a page about cleaning cigarette smoke odors on stuffed animals. Cigarette smoke is so pervasive. It clings to everything including a child's stuffies.


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Removing Sticky Glue From Doll's Hair?My daughter's American Girl doll got caught in a fly strip. Her hair has spots of sticky goo in it. Does anyone know how I can get this out?


Disinfecting a Doll?How do I sanitize a Madeline (battery operated) doll? It is all cotton with a rubberized head and synthetic hair. The doll isn't dirty, but it was given to me for my 5 yr old granddaughter. Is there a disinfectant type spray that I can use?


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Removing Permanent Marker From Doll Faces?How do I get permanent marker off of a doll's face?


A doll with discolored places on the nose and cheeks.

What is This Green Stuff on My Doll?Does anyone know what this stuff is on my doll. Is it mildew, dirt or mold? Is there anyway to clean it? I've tried washing with soap and water but it doesn't come off :(


Removing Cigarette Odor from a Vinyl Doll Lissi doll in box

Removing Cigarette Odor from Dolls?Cigarette odor can linger for a long time in the clothes and hair of a doll that has been around a heavy smoker. This is a page about removing cigarette odor from dolls.


A cleaned up brown haired doll dressed in blue jeans.

Cleaning a Vintage Plastic DollOld plastic dolls will get grimy over time and need careful cleaning to avoid damage. This is a page about cleaning a vintage doll.


Doll and stuffed animals in a washing machine.

Cleaning DollsKeeping your childhood doll or doll collection clean is easy to do once you determine the best cleaning methods, depending on the materials used to make the individual dolls. This is a page about cleaning dolls.


Hand holding a small red matchbox car.

How to Remove Permanent Marker from a Hot Wheels Car?This is a page about removing permanent marker from a Hot Wheels car. Permanent marker can be difficult to remove. Here are some tips to try, if you need to remove permanent ink from a toy car.


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Fabric Left Stain on American Girl Doll?My daughter laid a piece of fabric on her American Girl doll's limb and it became stained by the fabric. We have tried Mr. Clean sponges, baking soda, WD40, hand sanitizer, hydrogen peroxide, toothpaste, all with zero results.


Lip Balm

Removing Lip Balm from Stuffed Animals?This is a page about removing lip balm from stuffed animals. The oily, waxy composition of lip balm makes it difficult to remove from some surfaces.


A posable teddy bear on a grassy background.

Cleaning a Poseable Teddy Bear?This is a page about cleaning a poseable teddy bear. Some stuffed toys may require special cleaning methods, while others can be tossed into the washer.


Close up of the front wheel of a pink toddler trike

Cleaning Outdoor Toys?This is a page about cleaning outside toys. Toys that are played with outdoors can get really dirty over time.


Cleaning Stuffed Animals

Cleaning Stuffed ToysStuffed toys can get dirty very easily, especially if they are well loved. They can be very difficult to get clean though. This is a page about cleaning stuffed toys.


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Cleaning Vintage Dolls?I have some Little Kiddles and Barbies packed up in the 70s. They were clean then. Now they have developed blue stains. Can they be removed? I want to sell them, but not with spots!



older doll

Removing Fabric Dye from a Doll?This is a page about removing fabric dye from a doll. Unfortunately, on occasion fabric dye can transfer to your child's doll or a collectible one.


Vinyl Doll

Removing Ink from Vinyl DollsThis is a page about removing ink from vinyl dolls. Children love to draw on just about anything including their toys.


Cleaning Stuffed Toys

Cleaning Stuffed ToysThis is a page about cleaning stuffed toys. Stuffed toys can be loved to the point of really needing a good cleaning.


Rubber ducky floating in a bubble bath.

Cleaning Bath ToysThis is a page about cleaning bath toys. Cleaning bath toys is important, so that they are sanitary for your kids. Over time they will build up soap scum, bacteria, and mold.


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Removing an Odor from an Antique Doll?Does anyone know how to remove an odor from an antique doll? It smells like someone has thrown up. I have tried charcoal, baking soda, and newspaper to no avail.


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Smoke Damage on Collectible Die Cast Cars?How can I clean and restore 1/24 NASCAR die-cast collectible cars. They have smoke damage.


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Vinegar to Disinfect Books and ToysDisinfect plastic baby books and toys by spraying them with white distilled vinegar and soapy water.


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Cleaning Up a Well Loved Barbie Doll?I'd like to give my daughter's Barbie a great makeover. Her hair has been in a ponytail too long and I can't do anything to straighten it. This doll also has pen all over her face. Can you please help and give me some ideas?


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Cleaning Dust Off Angel Doll's Feather Wings?I have a an angel doll that is my 22 year old daughter's. She will be home next week for a visit. I want to get the dust off the feathers on the wings of the doll. Please help.


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Cleaning a Doll's Hair?Can I get the white marks off a Bitty's Baby's brown hair? I bought my daughter a used BB for Christmas.


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Pen Ink on an American Girl Doll?How do I remove ballpoint ink from a doll head? It's that hard rubber plastic. It's an American Girl doll.


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Plastic Toys Smell Like Smoke?I purchased some plastic figurines on Ebay, they all smell like smoke. Even the small accessories they came with smell like smoke. How can I get rid of the smell?


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Removing Scuff Marks From A Basketball?How do you remove scuff marks off a basketball?


Removing Sharpie from a Cloth Doll?I bought an American Girl Doll at Goodwill and they wrote her price in Sharpie on the cloth body: any advice for removing this?


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Cleaning a Dirty Rubber Doll?How can I clean a very dirty rubber doll? It is an old doll with many nooks and crannies.



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Cleaning a Gotz "Cookie" Baby Doll?I just purchased a used Gotz "Cookie" Baby Doll. I have heard these soft bodied dolls could be cleaned in the washing machine. Is this true? Has anyone tried this technique?


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Cleaning Children's Toys?Cleaning Children's Toys. I am looking for a safe and effective way to clean children's toys on a daily or weekly basis. We have four children (in three different schools) so lots of opportunity for sharing germs.


Cleaning a Leapfrog Lovable Lily Doll?Cleaning a Leap-Frog Lovable Lily Doll. I bought a Leap-Frog Lovable Lily Doll that has interactive buttons off of eBay. She works fine, like brand new, but she has a very strong potent cigarette smell.


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Tissue Paper Stains on a Vintage Doll?Tissue Paper Stains on a Doll. I have just purchased a vintage Shirley Temple doll. I understand she may have been wrapped in red tissue paper and over the years, it has stained her thumb which is made of rubber, and has spots of red on her nylon dress. Any ideas?


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Nicotine Stains on Cloth Dolls?How do you remove nicotine stains from cloth dolls?


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Cleaning a Bratz Doll?I bought a bratz doll that has dye marks on the forehead and one that has ink marks on the body. Any suggestions?



Cleaning Auto Wax and Grime Off of a Doll - stained doll's head

Cleaning Auto Wax and Grime Off of a Doll?Any suggestions for getting the car wax (from the automatic wash) and grime off a creepy girl doll? The photo shows the difference in skin tone; the lighter color is original.


Removing Cigarette Odor from a Vinyl Doll Lissi doll in box

Removing Cigarette Odor from a Vinyl Doll?I recently bought a pre-owned Lissi vinyl doll still in the box. However when I brought it home I realized that it had a heavy cigarette odor. I have been airing it out for days, but the cigarette odor still clings to the clothes and hair. Is there a way to clean the doll without damaging it?


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Cleaning a Discolored Vintage Rubber Doll?What can I use on a rubber doll where the body has turned brown. How can I get the skin tone back? The doll is over 50 years old. I don't have a picture of it.


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Cleaning an Old Rubber or Vinyl Doll?I have an old doll, about 35 years, that would like a cleaning. It has a cloth body and rubber (?) head and limbs. It's eyes open and shut. My grandchildren love to play with "Oliver", but I would like it if I could freshen him up! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


Cleaning a 1950s Horseman Doll - vinyl baby doll

Cleaning a 1950s Horseman Doll?How do I clean a 1950s Horseman doll without making it sticky. It's not sticky now and I do not want to clean it with anything that will make it sticky. It also smells like mold coming from tiny silver hole in back. The outside looks great, but I know mold is dangerous. The head is the only joint on the body.


Removing Mold Stains and Odor from a Rubber Doll - vintage doll with molded and painted pink undies

Removing Mold Stains and Odor from a Rubber Doll?I have a vintage Sun rubber doll. I have used all the methods you have suggested in other answers, but nothing has worked, there is no mold visually inside or outside doll, but the smell is extremely strong and there are black marks on the outside of the doll. I've also tried the acne medicine on the stains and that did not work. Any other suggestions? She is so cute.


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