How to Clean Your Barbie Doll


Barbie can do anything – from being a doctor to a rockstar, a princess to a fashion designer. But even the most glamorous gal needs a little TLC to stay looking her best. So, how can you keep your cherished Barbie doll sparkling clean and ready for her next adventure?

Don't worry, with our simple step-by-step guide, you'll have your Barbie back to her fabulous self in no time.


Maintaining Barbie's signature mane is easier than you think.


Here's what you'll need:

  • Lukewarm Water: Avoid using hot water as it can damage the hair fibres.
  • Shampoo: A gentle baby shampoo will do the trick.
  • Conditioner: This helps detangle and smooth the hair.
  • Comb: Choose a wide-tooth comb to avoid snags and breakage.


Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Wash: Gently lather Barbie's hair with shampoo and lukewarm water.
  2. Condition: Apply conditioner and rinse thoroughly.
  3. Detangle: Gently comb through Barbie's hair to remove any knots or tangles.
  4. Air Dry: Let the hair dry naturally. Avoid using a hairdryer or heat styling tools.

Pro Tip: For extremely tangled hair, soak your doll's hair in a solution of hot water and fabric softener, brush it out gently, and then rinse thoroughly.



Whether Barbie is hitting the red carpet or enjoying a night in, her clothes deserve a little care.


Gather these supplies:

  • Lukewarm Water: Just like with the hair, warm water is best.
  • Dish Soap: For most fabrics, dish soap works wonders.
  • Laundry Detergent: Use for delicate fabrics.
  • Towel: A soft towel for drying.

Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Solution: Create a 1:1 solution of lukewarm water and dish soap (or laundry detergent for delicate fabric).
  2. Hand-wash: Gently hand-wash each article of clothing.
  3. Dry: Lay the clothes flat on a soft towel and pat them dry. Avoid wringing or twisting them.

Pro Tip: Wash and dry your hands before handling doll clothes to prevent natural oils from damaging delicate fabrics.


Now it's time to give Barbie herself a makeover.


Here's what you'll need:

  • Lukewarm Water: The same warm water rule applies.
  • Dish Soap: For removing dirt and grime.
  • Clean Cloth: Use a soft cloth, like microfiber.
  • Toothpicks or Cotton Swabs: For reaching those hard-to-clean crevices.

Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Solution: Mix a 1:1 solution of lukewarm water and dish soap.
  2. Wipe: Dip the cloth in the solution and gently wipe down Barbie's body.
  3. Dry: Lay Barbie on a towel and pat her dry.
  4. Detailing: Use a toothpick or cotton swab to remove any dirt or stains from joints or hard-to-reach areas.

Pro Tip: Avoid fully submerging Barbie in water, as this can lead to waterlogging, mould, or mildew growth.


Whether it's a mysterious mark on Barbie's dress or a sticky stain on her accessories, we've got you covered:

Here's what you'll need:

  • Rubbing Alcohol: For stubborn stains on Barbie's body (not her face!).
  • Enzyme-Based Stain Remover: For fabric stains.
  • Dish Soap: For most stains.
  • Water: For rinsing.

Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Barbie's Body: Most stains on Barbie's body can be removed with water and dish soap. For tougher stains, try rubbing alcohol.
  2. Fabric Stains: Apply stain remover to the affected area and let it sit for 5-10 minutes (up to 8 hours for older stains). Then rinse thoroughly with water.

Pro Tip: Never apply rubbing alcohol to Barbie's face as it can remove makeup or other features.



If Barbie has been exposed to moisture, she may have developed mould or mildew.


Here's what you'll need:

  • Bleach (or a Natural Alternative): Use bleach for a deeper clean or try a natural alternative like baking soda or vinegar.
  • Hair Dryer: For softening plastic.
  • Towel: For drying.
  • Cloth Scouring Pad: For cleaning stubborn stains.
  • Water: For rinsing.
  • Rubber Gloves: For protection.

Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Bleach Solution: Mix 1/4 cup of color-safe bleach in 1 gallon of water in a sink or basin.
  2. Detach Head: Soften the plastic by blowing hot air from a hairdryer onto the neck joint. This will help detach Barbie's head.
  3. Soak: Submerge Barbie in the bleach solution for at least 2 minutes.
  4. Scrub: Gently scrub the doll with a cloth scouring pad, wearing rubber gloves.
  5. Head Cleaning: Repeat scrubbing on Barbie's head, avoiding her facial features.
  6. Rinse: Rinse Barbie thoroughly with water.
  7. Air Dry: Allow Barbie to air dry overnight.



Glue, sticky labels, or stubborn remnants of stickers can be a pain.


Here's how to get rid of them:

  • Dull Butter Knife: For scraping off excess adhesive.
  • Stain Remover: For removing stubborn residue.

Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Dry: Make sure the adhesive is completely dry.
  2. Scrape: Gently scrape off any remaining adhesive with a dull butter knife.
  3. Freeze: Place the item in the freezer for a few minutes to make the adhesive easier to detach.
  4. Spray: Spray the affected area with stain remover and let it sit for 15 minutes (up to 8 hours for older stains).
  5. Rinse: Rinse thoroughly with water.



If Barbie's clothes or accessories have been infested with dust mites, follow these steps:

Here's what you'll need:

  • Freezer: For killing dust mites.
  • Laundry Detergent: For washing.
  • Washing Machine: For cleaning.
  • Dryer: For drying.

Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Freeze: Place the item in the freezer overnight to kill dust mites.
  2. Wash: Wash the item with laundry detergent.
  3. Dry: Tumble dry the item on low heat.

Pro Tip: Control humidity in your home to make it less hospitable for dust mites. Aim for less than 50% humidity.


Want to bring your Barbie back to her former glory?


Here are a few restoration tips:

  1. Glue Cracks: Use clear epoxy glue to repair superficial cracks. If her head has detached, rubber cement may also work.
  2. Repair Makeup: Use acrylic doll paint to touch up faded blush or eye makeup. Test the paint on a spare piece of cardstock first.
  3. Straighten Limbs: To straighten crooked legs or arms, tie them together tightly with a soft cloth. Then, hold them in warm water for a few minutes. Avoid immersing the entire body in water.
  4. Tighten Waist: If Barbie has a loose waist, you can use plastic cement to tighten it. You can also use a heat tool (with adult supervision) to help reshape the plastic.


Thanks for reading!

With a little love and care, you can ensure your Barbie dolls stay in tip-top shape for years to come. By following these simple cleaning and maintenance tips, you'll keep your Barbie collection looking fabulous and ready for all of her adventures!

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