Recently I've been looking into getting the girls dolls for Christmas. Would it be possible to clean my old CPK dolls and give them to a new generation to cherish? I hit Google for some suggestions with mixed results - put them in the washer, NEVER put them in the washer, only spot clean, etc.
So I did put them in the washer. And I am so glad I did! They look like brand new dolls.
|Before and after washing. Right (dirty), left (clean)|
A few tips:
- I did pre soak the with oxyclean and detergent for a few hours first.
- Use pillowcases for extra protection. I was really nervous about the hair getting destroyed but the pig tails stayed in tact.
- Speaking of the hair, the original rubber bands were super thin and brittle. I removed them and used some of my own hair ties.
- Keep an eye on your washer - I stopped it once the spin cycle started because the washer was going crazy.
- I read online to never put them in the dryer longer than 25 minutes. Well if you skip the spin cycle and your dolls are sopping wet, you'll need longer. I kept checking every 30 minutes but the dolls did about 90 minutes total, and then I let them air dry the rest of the way.
- Put towels into dryer with your pillow case doll wrapping for extra padding.
- To clean the face, use an old toothbrush with soft scrub.
- Newborn clothing is actually a little big! I had some preemie clothing from the girls but the newborn outfits were cuter. The onesies were way to big but you can't tell with pants over them. I also rolled the pants up at the bottom and they work just fine.
CPK at my baby shower (dirty) vs clean dolls!