for Filthy Dolls
Most of the time I work with vintage dolls and it
seems that many of them have never been cleaned in
their 35 or 45 years of existence. Baby Face dolls are
another story - their 1991 vinyl seems to attract and
I have worked with some very dirty dolls, which is the best way to learn what
The first thing I do when bathing dirty dolls is rub them all over with lotion or
hair conditioner. I intentionally buy cheap body lotion at rummage sales or
dollar stores for this purpose. I rub it all over the vinyl and skip the hair.
Since I'm usually washing many dolls at a time, I rub them down and let two or
three of them sit around with lotion on while I'm washing others. The lotion
helps loosen up grime that is deep in the vinyl pores. This makes it easier to get
the doll clean when it is her turn for a scrubbing. Lotion is good for vinyl, too.
The oil helps restore moisture to the vinyl.
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