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Washing a Cabbage Patch Doll

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My mom saved a lot of my old toys so I asked her to send one of my old Cabbage Patch Dolls for Baby G. I am hoping we can use it to work with him on potty training and self care.

I did a web search and it seems people have washed a Cabbage Patch Doll in the washing machine so I decided to throw it through even though it says not to. It’s from 1984 and it’s in pretty rough shape so it’d be nice if it smelled a little nicer before Baby G plays with it. Note that the tag says not to wash like this… so if you chose to do it, do it at your own risk. I didn’t have any issues, nor did I read about anyone else having problems with it either. But I think mom might have put them through the wash every now and then, and the doll is pilled in some areas. Not a huge deal if you’re not trying to keep it for a collectible in my opinion.

To wash, I took off its outfit, threw the doll in a pillowcase, knotted the end, and put it into the washer with the outfit and some clothes. I’d like to get Baby G used to how to treat a “baby” for when we have another child, and throwing the doll into the washing machine seems like a bad start. So Shhh, don’t tell him! Haha. I did throw some other laundry in with it because… hey… no need to waste a perfectly good wash cycle.

I used my homemade detergent with vinegar for the rinse. Here’s my washing machine settings:

Adding vinegar too.

After putting him through the wash I hung him by his head because I read to be careful about this so any excess water doesn’t sit inside the head (I’m assuming the fear is that it’d mold). Better safe than sorry.

After Washing

I used Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Cleaning Pads, 8-Count Box to get additional marks off his face.

After Magic Eraser:

He’s looking pretty good there! Maybe if I rub a little baby powder in he’ll have that new CPD smell too… haha…

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Yield: 1 Doll

Washing a Cabbage Patch Doll

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $1-$5

Make an old Cabbage Patch Doll look and smell new again by washing it with this easy process.


  • Cabbage Patch Doll
  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Vinegar
  • Pillowcase


  • Washing Machine


  1. Remove the clothes from the Cabbage Patch Doll.
  2. Place the doll inside a pillowcase with a knot on one end.
  3. Put it into the washer with the outfit and some clothes.
  4. Once the wash is complete, hang the doll by his head to remove any excess water.
  5. Use Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Cleaning Pads to get any leftover marks off his face.
  6. Place the clothes back on the doll.
  7. Fluff the hair.

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