A little while back, I blogged about using Cathie Lee doll cleaner to clean mold off of a hard plastic doll. I also took a picture that showed the difference between the dirty leg and the cleaned leg.
Well, here is another example of how good Cathie Lee doll cleaner is. Before the doll show, I used it to clean up one of the project dolls that I actually sold at the doll. She was a played-with 18-inch Binnie walker with vinyl arms, and her arms were filthy everywhere they weren't covered by her dress.
Here's a picture of her upper body (minus her head — we hadn't restrung it yet) with one arm dirty and one arm cleaned:
You can see how ridiculously blackened her dirty arm is. To get the other arm clean, I used Cathie Lee doll cleaner and part of one of those red scrubby pads that are used to clean glass and ceramic cooktops. Probably because they are made to scrub these cooktops without scratching them, they work wonders for cleaning dolls without removing their original paint.
Cleaning your dolls is often one of the easiest things you can do to make them look pretty again. Just make sure you are using a cleaner that is specially formulated for vintage dolls!
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