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#1 of 6 Old 05-21-2005, 08:52 PM - Thread Starter
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A bit of a crisis around here. DD got a Waldorf doll around her first b-day, needless to say it cost some $$. But it was definitely worth it -- Buddy is her best friend and baby, he goes where she goes and they have a heck of a time together. The issue is that Buddy is getting really dirty and might I add here gross. This past week, he got a bath in vinegar! So we have a very dirty, vinegar-smelling Waldorf doll who should have white hair that looks very gray. Any suggestions on how I should clean him? Thanks in advance.
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Hi! too bad for buddy eh, he's getting quite the life! I'm thinking your Waldorf doll is most likely made from all natural materials: wool, cotton, and maybe uhmmm.. is it a quartz inside or some wool stuffing maybe? If you can call and speak to someone at Chinaberry they might know for sure, or perhaps The Kathe Kruse co. (E-Mail
I'm thinking it may be safe to just rinse well and Air dry as it's had the vinegar bath and that is cleansing.
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Some waldorf doll places sell wigs (well sort of) so you may be able to buy ready made hair to replace the messed up set.

My granddaughter dresses her waldorf doll in preemie outfits that my daughter buys at the used clothing shop. Wearing washable clothes protects the doll a bit from dirt.

Best loved toys do lead an adventurous life, don't they?

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take your doll, tie her hair up if it is loose (like in a pony tail with a band at the top of the loose hair and a band at the lowest bottom if of the hair), Take off all her clothes, band her arms and leg together, put her in a pillowcase, fill the washer with cold water and with a small amount of soap, put her in and let her soak for an hour or so, then run the gentle cycle w/o a spin.

Thats what I have always done!

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Thanks ladies. I contacted Kathe Krus and am planning on doing a hand wool wash this weekend. Wish me (and Buddy!) good luck!
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This is probably out-of-date now but DON'T put a doll stuffed with wool into the washer. Wool felts up when agitated, soaped or the temperature changes. If the skin gets really dirty you can give the doll a new skin over the old one, even just the face if that's all that's necessary. When your dd is bigger though she might protest as this does make the doll look a bit different.
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