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« on: September 22, 2011 06:44:02 AM »

Hi folks! So, my grandma had a *huge* yarn stash, which I have inherited, along with a lot of WIPs and even a few completed knitted and crocheted projects. One project is a reasonably large knitted doll. I have no idea what type of yarn was used (though I would guess acrylic, she seems to have had a preference for that) or what it is stuffed with (looks like regular polyfill, but I know almost nothing about stuffed dolls so I may be wrong). It doesn't smell (which is amazing, because everything else smells like mothballs) but it has a light brown stain on one of the legs. I'd like to give it to my baby neice, but I really want to make sure it is as clean as I can possibly make it first.

So (finally to the point) - how do I clean this stuffed, knitted doll? The general internet has been very contradictory, so I am really hoping you wonderful people might know!

I live in Australia, so I might not be able to get specific brands (America seems to have the most amazing range of products) so general or home made cleaners would probably be best.

Thanks in advance! ^_^

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« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2011 02:35:36 PM »

It really depends what it's made of. Try hand washing in cool water or using a spot treatment.

« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2011 10:21:55 AM »

A few ways you could go:

Open it up and pull out all the stuffing - wash the doll by hand in cold water with very mild soap - I've often used clear hand soap. Then refill it with new stuffing once it's dried.

Wash it by hand with all the stuffing in it let it air dry if you think it will or pop it in a pillow case and put it in the dry on very low heat of the fluff cycle.

Or if you are very very brave and think the doll will stand up to it - pop it in a pillow cover with a zipper closure and put it in the washing machine and then the dryer.

My vote for a child would be either number one or number two. Either that stuffing has got to go or it has to be well cleaned.

Good luck - post a picture of the doll - it would be fun to see.
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