Did you know that linen was the first fabric used for making cloth dolls? It was an affordable, natural alternative to wool when making dolls. Although it may no longer be common or affordable, linen remains a great material for making cloth dolls. In fact, many contemporary artists still use linen to create these beloved toys. There are many benefits of using linen for your doll. It’s lightweight but sturdy and easy to clean with little risk of fading or discoloring. It also drapes beautifully and is breathable so it keeps your fingers from sweating after handling the doll.
But what about if your cloth doll gets dirty? Would you know how to clean a cloth doll body? When caring for any type of fabric, you should always check the care instructions first before putting it in the washing machine.
If you own a cloth doll, it’s important to clean it regularly to prevent the build-up of dirt and dust. This can be done using a simple mixture of water and soap. Be sure to rinse the doll thoroughly afterwards to remove all traces of soap.
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can keep your new friend clean – even if that friend is made out of linen! Here are 8 easy ways to clean a cloth doll body:
Use a damp cloth
If you’re dealing with a light stain or a little dirt, you can use a damp cloth to clean your doll. First, make sure you use warm water and avoid using soaps. You can also add a touch of white vinegar to remove odors and help the cloth stay fresh. For best results, gently rub the cloth over the stained area until the stain fades. If your doll is made from denim, it may bleed. To prevent this, you can heat the water to a high temperature before placing the denim inside. When you’ve finished cleaning, be sure to rinse the fabric thoroughly to remove any soap residue. Finally, you can use a mixture of baking soda and water to clean your doll’s face. This will not only remove dirt and stains, but it will also help to remove oils from the surface of the cloth.
Dry cleaning with fragrance
While you may not be able to machine-wash your doll, you can dry clean your doll with an appropriate solvent. You can purchase solvent at a local dry-cleaning store or online. Always make sure to read the instructions and safety information before cleaning your doll. You can dry clean your doll with a fragrance of your choice! Find a fragrance that best suits your doll and its personality. When choosing a fragrance, keep in mind that most solvent varieties are not recommended for fabrics containing spandex or polyester. You can also add a few drops of essential oils to the solvent. When the solvent dries, it will leave your doll with a soft, pleasant aroma.
Hand-wash with mild soap
If your doll has a stain or a bit of dirt that won’t come out with a damp cloth, you can hand-wash your doll with mild soap. Be sure to use a gentle soap that is free from harsh chemicals and fragrances. Avoid using soap with a lot of bubbles as these may damage the doll.
- First, wet the doll’s cloth body and hands.
- Then, apply a small amount of soap to your hands and gently rub the doll’s body until the stain fades.
- When you’ve finished cleaning, be sure to rinse the doll thoroughly to remove any soap residue. Make sure not to wring or twist the cloth during the washing or rinsing process.
- Finally, you can press the doll while it’s still wet to get rid of wrinkles.
Bleach for light stains only
If the stain on your doll is stubborn or has been left there for a long time, you can use bleach to clean a cloth doll body. You must be very careful when using bleach as it is a corrosive chemical that can cause damage to your doll if not used properly. Always read the instructions and safety information before cleaning your doll.
- First, wet the stained area on your doll.
- Then, add a small amount of bleach and carefully rub the cloth until the stain fades.
- When you’ve finished cleaning, be sure to rinse the doll thoroughly to remove any bleach residue.
- Finally, you can use a mild, fragrance-free detergent to clean the doll’s body.
Machine dry and press
If the stain is stubborn or has been left there for a long time and bleach is not an option, you can machine dry and press your doll. This is a very delicate process that can be best done at a professional dry-cleaning shop. Always make sure to inform the professionals that the fabric is delicate and must be handled carefully. When the stain has been removed, you can gently hand-press the doll to make it smooth again. You can also use an iron, but be careful not to put too much pressure on the piece as it could damage the cloth.
Cloth dolls are a timeless toy that can provide hours of entertainment and creative play. If you want your doll to last, it’s important to clean it regularly and treat it with care.
When cleaning a cloth doll body, you have many options. You can use a damp cloth, dry clean the doll with solvent, hand-wash with mild soap, or machine dry and press. No matter which method you choose, be sure to rinse the doll thoroughly to remove any soap or bleach residue.