Doll Care and Repairs / Other Tricks & Tools

How to Remove Stains From Your Doll’s Clothes

We received a request a while ago for some advice on how to remove stains from your doll’s clothing.  It’s not too different from removing stains from your kid’s clothing.  (Let me tell you, in this department we have a lot of experience!)


Oil, lip balm, or other greasy stains can be removed with dish soap.  My personal favourite brand of dish soap is Dawn.


Sharpie, pen, and other ink stains can be removed with rubbing alcohol.


Lipstick, crayons, gum, stickers and other gooey things can be removed with Goo Gone, I bought mine at Canadian Tire.


For all other stains, I use this little miracle.  Buncha Farmers Stain Remover is second to none.  I have used this on just about every kind of stain my kids can make and 99% of the time it works.  I had never heard of it until a few years ago and I can tell you, I would never go without in my house.  This stick has saved so many of our clothes over the years. Remember, this advice is coming from two mothers of four, we know stains!

Here is a better photo of the box and the stick inside.  I know it doesn’t look like much, but we swear by it!  Just get the area with the stain a little wet, rub the stick over it, and throw it in the wash!  For bad stains I let it sit for 12-24 hours before washing.

Michelle buys her BunchaFarmers Stain Remover from Home Hardware, I buy mine from

Of course wash your delicate doll clothing on delicate, or hand wash.  Be sure to not scrub too hard on stains, just enough to remove the stain.  Hard scrubbing can break down the fibres on the clothing and sometimes make it look worse.

One last tip before we go…


Always use a mesh laundry bag like this one for small or delicate items.  This will save you time looking for little items in the washing machine and money paying the washer repairman to remove little clothes from your washing machine when they get caught in the mechanism or the drainage hose.  (Trust me, this happened to a friend of mine with her newborn’s socks!)

Good luck and happy stain removing!  Let us know if you have any other questions, we would be happy to help!


13 thoughts on “How to Remove Stains From Your Doll’s Clothes

  1. This is very useful! I don’t generally worry about staining my doll’s clothes, but we just got a rambunctious kitten with a tendency to knock things over, so I might need this! Thanks Meg and Michelle!

    ❤ maplelea ❤

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  2. This info may come in handy when I start to tackle the “mystery” stain on Kanani’s meet dress. I bought her used, so I don’t have a clue what it is, and just dabbing it with soap and water didn’t cut it, so on to more serious stuff!

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  3. For those in the US instead of Buncha Farmers bar you can get a Fels-Naptha bar it looks about the same and I use it exactly the same way as Buncha Farmers. Just FYI. Thanks for all the tips. I frequently buy second hand and they often need some freshening up.

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