Cleaning American Girl Dolls?

Updated on April 29, 2010
J.R. asks from Wauconda, IL
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Hi moms! I just bought a used American Girl Bitty Baby. The problem is she has a blue mark on her forehead. (Previous owner thinks it might be marker, but she wan't sure). Does anyone have any suggestions on how to clean it? I don't want to ruin her...
Also, is it at all safe to wash them in the washing machine? Or should I just spray her down with Lysol?
Thanks for your help!

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M.D.

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my daughter drew on her american girl doll with pen. my husband read on the internet that you can use pimple stuff, I forget what its called. You rub it on the mark and then leave it sit under a light over night then wipe it off. All of it came off. She actually drew on the hands too.

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K.B.

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Just a word of advice on the Magic Eraser! If you use it on a part with color, like the hair, make sure to rub lightly at first. The eraser has been known to remove color off of things in my house. Good luck.

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A.G.

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I would try to Mr. Clean Magic Eraser - it works on just about anything. Before using it on her face though, I would test it on the back of her neck or inside of her hand to make sure it doesn't remove any of the doll's coloring.

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J.V.

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No I wouldn't use Lysol..and don't put her in the washer. My daughter had one when she was little and her brother drew on her face with a sharpie!! I tried EVERY household cleaner I could get my hands on. Grandma sent her in for a new head...which was expensive. Years Later kids drew on a door with a sharpie..I was asking some one what I could use and she said that Mr. Clean magic eraser works. I got it and it did!! I've never been able to get sharpie marks off of stuff!! I say try that first, maybe on the soft body part try upholstery cleaner..Good Luck!
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J.C.

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American Girl actually sells a cleaner for the dolls. My daughter received it once as a gift. When I looked at the ingrediants it read "baking soda". So, save yourself the money of buying the "official" cleaner and get a little regular baking soda and some water, make a paste and rub in on the dolls head. The marker should come right off.

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M.D.

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my daughter drew on her american girl doll with pen. my husband read on the internet that you can use pimple stuff, I forget what its called. You rub it on the mark and then leave it sit under a light over night then wipe it off. All of it came off. She actually drew on the hands too.

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M.C.

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If you can't take it off, I know AG in their doll hospital in the Chicago store will fix her up for free (call to check). I don't think you have to show proof of purchase. (My daughters were actresses in the AG theatre for several years.)

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K.S.

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Use SOL-U-MEL. It’s a mother’s dream!! It gets tough stains out of EVERYTHING! I wiped off marker from our refrigerator in one swipe! It’s amazing!!!

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D.B.

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American Girl has a "hospital" for their dolls. My neice had a doll that looked like it had been put thru who knows what. They sent it to the hospital and it came back good as new. I think the cost is around $25 depending on if you need limbs or not. Go on their website, it will be there.

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J.C.

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do you know anyone that uses melaleuca products? Their SolUMel takes off permanent marker

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M.S.

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I used to take a dab of liquid dish washer soap and clean the faces of cabbage patch dolls. It has a little bit of grit in it. It worked great for me. I think it was the liquid Cascade. Plus, I always put them in a pillowcase and washed them on the gentle cycle of my washing machine.

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M.M.

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My sister bought the Samantha doll at a shop and wanted to resell it on Ebay to make money....there was a blue mark on its leg and we tried everything on the market to get that off, we even used a steamer on it. Nothing worked because some how the ink had settled too long and just wasn't removable. I hope this isn't the case for you, and wish you the best. Probably not the washer! :)

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