How to remove ink stains from your Barbie

How to remove ink stains from your Barbie

When we buy second-hand dolls, they often have ink stains, sometimes they are small stains that we can easily remove with soap and water and other times they are large stains or simply tinted with something more permanent product.


  • Test a small area with a method of your choice before deciding how to clean the doll. There is a possibility that the method spreads the marker stain on the wrist instead of removing it.
  • Do not try to clean porcelain or antique dolls. Find a professional doll maker to help you clean the special dolls. They are fragile and require special care.

There are various options and useful products to remove stains, the ideal is to start by using soap and water, wash the doll completely and after washing check what stains remain. To do this you will need the following:

  • Warm water.
  • Neutral soap or dish soap without moisturizers (to prevent unfavorable results on plastic and paint).
    Large container.
  • Silk handkerchief.
  • Brush or sponge.

Initial hygiene

  1. Fill the container with warm water and mix with a little liquid soap until foaming.
  2. Insert the doll until it is secure. completely covered with the mixture.
  3. Let it rest for 5 minutes.
  4. After this time, rub gently with the sponge or brush and successively. Increase the pace if the stain or dirt is persistent. Do this until the entire surface of the doll is clean.
  5. Rinse the wrist with warm water to remove any soap residue. Take the time you need and without rushing.
  6. Repeat the process for the hair, but when you rub, do it gently with your fingers, then apply fabric softener or personal conditioner, wait a while, try detangling, from ends to head, with a hairbrush thick plastics. If it is very tangled, repeat the process.
  7. When the hair is Once clean and untangled, take out the doll and place it in a clean, dry area with the non-abrasive tissue, silk if possible.
  8. Let it dry a little more in the open air. Do not use a dryer or any heat device, as it will melt, and it will be damaged - With a clean cloth, remove excess water and let it air dry.

If there are stains left, we can try cleaning them with different products depending on the area in which they are.

Products to remove stains on wrists

The products that we usually have at home and that can be useful are:

  • Hydrogen peroxide (Peroxide).
  • Alcohol.
  • Acetone.
  • Magic eraser (if the stain is very old, it probably won't work).
  • Benzolium peroxide, for example Peroxiben or OXXY.
  • 30 volume peroxide, which is used in hair salons.

We can also buy more specific products such as:

  • Chlorine, if it is of better quality.
  • Baking soda.

The area of the eyes, eyebrows, lips and even the blush can be affected, that is why it is important to try to apply the product avoiding them and protecting them, if this is not possible, it is recommended to check the area every hour to check if it is deleted. The most delicate painting is usually that of the eyebrows.

The products, depending on which one you choose, can be applied with:

  • A cloth.
  • With cotton.
  • A brush.
  • Ear swabs or cotton-tipped swabs.
  • Paper tissues.

There are various techniques that can be used with most products, depending on which product we are going to use and the type of stain, we will use one or the other.

Specific cleaning

If your wrist has marker or marker marks, the ideal thing to remove is baking soda or hydrogen peroxide. For more severe stains, you can use 70% sanitary alcohol. See how to use each of these home tricks to remove permanent marker from a wrist:

  • Hydrogen peroxide: Also known as hydrogen peroxide, it is very useful for removing these small stains effectively and quickly. In the same way as with alcohol, moisten a clean cotton or cloth and rub the stain with just enough intensity to remove it.
  • Alcohol: Soak a cotton ball with this substance and rub where the alcohol is. the mark with circular movements. Do it insistently if the mark does not disappear. For hard-to-reach places, use a cotton swab to help you.
  • Mr. Clean magic eraser: Magic erasers are square, multi-purpose cleaning tools. Run the eraser under warm water to moisten it and activate the chemicals. Rub back and forth and apply constant pressure to all marker stains. Try to use small circular movements to help remove the marker. As long as the marker stain on your wrist is not too old, the magic eraser can remove it.
  • Baking soda: make a paste with one tablespoon of baking soda and two tablespoons of hot water and rub it and a tissue over the stain on the rubber doll without fear of getting it lose color. Do it for a few minutes or until the stain comes out, leave it for 5 minutes, rinse with warm water and dry with a clean towel.
  • You can also squeeze a few drops of lemon juice. Lemon juice is very acidic, which can help lift stubborn marker stains from your wrist. Use an old toothbrush to scrub if something sturdier than a cloth is required.

Note: whenever you apply a product to your wrist, you should clean it and leave no trace.

Technique in the sun

If the previous cleaning hasn't worked, you can try that technique. It can be done with different products. It is usually done using Chlorine, Benzolium Peroxide or 30 volume Peroxide. There are people who use the 20 volume one and say it works for them. Whichever product you choose, you only have to use one, never mix them.

  • Apply a generous amount of cream with a cotton swab or your finger and rub it into each stain.
  • Cover the spots with plastic wrap to keep the cream moist. You can also cover the rest of the wrist with a towel to prevent sun damage.
  • Leave the doll in the sun for 2 to 5 hours to whiten marker stains.
  • Wash the doll with soap and water after removing all marker stains.>

These are some simple methods to leave your collectible dolls that you love so much shiny and like new. Remember that these techniques also work to remove ink from plastic toys and any rubber object without having to resort to aggressive and toxic chemicals.

Note: When you put the doll in the sun with the product, a trick that usually works very well is to put a nylon bag covering the affected area (it also works on the head) of the wrist to preserve the humidity of the product for longer and thus The cream does not dry so quickly in the sun.

About 3 hours, check and if necessary, renew the cream and let it act again. You can also do it with bleach cloths on the stain, but this method does not preserve the moisture of the product and takes much longer.

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