Remove Ink Stains From a Baby Doll


How to remove ink stains from a plastic baby doll, what a great tip!  I received this advice from The Mom-tage with her heartbreaking story of how her daughter wrote on her Mom’s 50 year old doll.

I bring you the antique that my mom has cherished for over 50 years.  The ONLY doll my mom had as a child.  The one that her parents really couldn’t afford and probably sold a kidney for.. I think I remember a story about someone walking three miles in the snow up hill both ways to get this doll!

How to Remove Ink Stains From a Plastic Baby Doll

Use this very unlikely remedy of Clearasil Stayclear Vanishing Acne Cream.  HA!  That’s right.

1.  Pull back the doll’s hair and remove any clothing that is near to avoid bleaching it.

2. Liberally apply 10% benzoyl peroxide acne treatment cream to any areas with ink. Be careful to avoid the eyebrows. We now have a Barbie without eyebrows. So much for Barbie being perfect. 

After removing one doll’s eyebrows, I began to use a q-tip to make sure I avoided any areas that I didn’t want to be bleached.

3. Lay the doll in the sun. Emma’s dolls took two applications to completely remove the ink.  My mom’s took four since Chloe had skillfully and repeatedly scribbled in one spot and it had sat on the doll longer. Just keep reapplying until the ink is completely gone.


  1. Comment-Anonymous Haley

    We used to use rubbing alcohol to get pen off of desks at the office. Not sure if that would work or not, but you might try that also 🙂

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  3. Comment-Anonymous Patricia Linehan

    Believe it or not, I have a baby doll somewhere in my house that looks very similar to your “before” picture thanks to my 2 yr old. Thanks for the tip!

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  5. Comment-Anonymous Katrina

    Hair spray also works because of the high alcohol content. It works especially well on clothes that get an ink stain.

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  7. Comment-Anonymous Calamity Anne

    When my granddaughter drew on her doll baby, I just resigned it to now having character…and to think that it can now be cleaned! WOW!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Comment-Anonymous clustres

    What a great tip! Thanks!

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