The original Barbie doll sold for R50 – today collectibles can fetch hundreds of thousands. But most of us love our old Barbies for sentimental reasons, which is why restoring old Barbies is a popular hobby.
- Wash with a wet cloth
Get rid of grime by wiping Barbie with a wet, warm cloth. Don’t immerse her in water – it can get inside and cause mould.
- Remove pen marks with an ear bud dipped in paint thinner or rubbing alcohol
Do not wipe her face – it can remove some of her features.
- Wash her hair
Shampoo and condition her hair and comb it gently. Be sure to dry it off.
- Use toothpicks
Use toothpicks to clean limbs and hard to reach spots.
- Straighten her out
Barbie’s limbs can bend over time. To straighten her out, wrap her limbs with a very hot cloth and hold them in position.