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How to Clean Porcelain Dolls

Doll collection
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.
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