If there's any toy that takes a beating, it's a dolly. They get dragged everywhere, through mud, paint, and pancake batter. The little gal has her own baby Cabbage Patch doll, and I have 2 old ones from the 1980's that she plays with. Yesterday, all three got worked on during naptime, and are looking much better.
Step 1: The bath
I washed their faces with s gentle, all natural cleaner. For their skin, I mixed a sinkful of Wool-lite and used my mini elephant scrubbie to clean their arms, which was by far the dirtiest part because they are not covered by clothes and they serve as a handle for the dragging-a-doll-through-the-mud technique.
The baby doll was by far the dirtiest, even though we've only had her a year:
A few stains were too set in to come out. I guess that's to be expected after 20-odd years:
Give them a rinse:
Ans squeeze them out (but don't wring):
Step 2: The Hair
Even simple bows and braids made a big difference. I noticed there was a lot of frizz, so I gave the two big dolls a little trim. I cut the tiniest bit off the ends of their hair. The bottom braid has been cut. See the difference?
This frizz was all over the doll's head, so a cut a little of it too. Just cut the frizz, making sure you're not getting any of the actual hair. See how it pulls up?
Come to think of it, you might want to do this during naptime to make sure your toddler doesn't find the scissors and take things into her own hands.