*I was going to post this on Thursday and make you all wait, but apparently I can’t wait for delayed gratification. You’re welcome*
Hello, readers! As some of you noticed in my last post, Adalyn went for a little swim, and lots of people wanted to know how I got those pictures.
Adalyn fell into the water while I was trying to balance her on the shore.
Cue the gasps, shrieks, and heart attacks.
No worries, though, Adalyn survived her little dip, and I got a post out of it. Today’s post is on what to do if your doll gets wet.
The first thing I want to say is that if your doll falls into the water, don’t panic, and snap some pictures! This is probably not going to happen again, and unless there are man-eating sharks in the water, getting some pictures is not going to make anything worse.
Now, let’s talk about what I mean by wet. If it’s just your doll’s vinyl that’s damp, no biggie. Just towel her off.
By ‘wet’ here, I mean your doll has fallen face-first into the water and her body and hair is soaked.
That’s what happened to Adi.
When I pulled her out, she was dripping. Absolutely sopping wet.
The first thing to do is pull your doll’s clothes off and put them aside. You’ll deal with them later, but right now your doll is first priority.
Squeeze as much water as you can out of your doll’s cloth body, and make sure there’s not water inside her limbs. (If there is, gently pull them away from their sockets to allow them to drain.)
Next, run some clean water in a sink or bath and add some mild shampoo. Nothing harsh, just something with a mild scent and cleaning properties.
Rinse your doll’s hair, but don’t wash it just yet. You’re just trying to get any immediate dirt or weeds out of it.
I used the shampoo to wash any dirt off of Adi’s body, and I squeezed her body to expel any dirty water.
When you take your doll out, towel her off, and take her outside.
Lay her out on an old towel in a sunny area that will stay in direct sunlight for at least 5-8 hours.
Fold the towel up over her arms, legs and head to avoid bleaching the in the sun. Then leave your doll to dry out. The sun will kill any odors and dry the water without matting her stuffing.
While your doll is sunning, wash your doll clothes in some clean water. Drain it, add some more and add shampoo or hand soap, making sure to rinse thoroughly.
Adalyn was wearing white shoes, which picked up a lot of dirt. I grabbed an old toothbrush and scrubbed them. You can see the difference it made; the one on the right was scrubbed, the left one wasn’t.
When you’ve rinsed and washed them, lay them out in the sun to dry.
It only took about 2 hours to dry Adalyn’s clothes, but they still smelled musty and were wrinkled, so I washed them again.
Michelle was already doing laundry, so she hung them to dry.
About 6 hours after I laid her out, Adalyn was completely dry.
After your doll is dry, gently shampoo her hair, and brush it out.
If your doll has curly hair, put it up in curlers to give it back its normal shape. Adalyn was a gentle wave in her hair, so I put it in a tight bun overnight to give it a little curl at the tips.
The next morning, Adalyn was as good as new! She survived her
Meg, however, made her promise that she’ll take a buddy whenever she goes fishing, and to never, ever go swimming again.
Adalyn is in pretty much the same or better shape than when she went in the water now. I honestly think AG dolls are much more durable than we give them credit for. They’re made of vinyl plastic and fabric, which are both relatively easy to clean. That’s not to say I won’t be more careful with dolls and water in the future!
Have you ever had a doll get wet?