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