How to Clean Porcelain Dolls

Patrick Swan

Porcelain dolls are an investment that need to be cared for on a regular basis. Maintenance and cleaning are important to keep your dolls looking their best, but some cleaners can be too harsh. Regular use of simple products you have around your house will keep your porcelain dolls looking there best in no time.

Remove your doll's clothes and hair accessories and put aside. Using a large makeup brush, dust your porcelain doll from top to bottom.

Use a flea comb to brush your doll's hair. Work from top to bottom. This removes dust and keeps it tangle-free. Freshen the hair by spritzing it with Febreeze.

Take white bread and remove the crust. Roll the bread into a ball. Use this bread as an eraser on your porcelain doll. Rub the bread on the face and body of the doll. This will erase dirt and grime from the doll without damaging the porcelain.

Pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol into a dish. Dip your cotton swab in the alcohol and use it to clean out hard to reach areas, such as between your doll's toes and in the corners of the eyes. Pat dry with a cotton towel.

Freshen your doll's clothes by placing them in your dryer on the air only cycle with a dryer sheet for 10 minutes. Redress your doll and repeat all steps for your entire collection every six months.

Things You'll Need

  • White bread
  • Flea comb
  • Makeup brush
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton swabs
  • Dryer sheet
  • Febreeze


  • Doll clothes that are stained can be taken to the dry cleaner. Set aside a few hours and clean all of your dolls at once.


  • Do not use chemical cleaners on porcelain dolls as it can strip the paint.

About the Author

Robin Neorr has been working as a full-time freelance writer since 2007. She has written for various websites including The Frisky. Before she started her writing career, she spent 10 years in media marketing. She has a bachelor's degree in communications and a master's degree in communications management from John Carroll University.

Photo Credits

  • Patrick Swan