Benzoyl Peroxide has been a known cleaning agent in the doll community for a long time. It’s usually the last resort if stains couldn’t be removed just by cleaning with soap and water because the stain has soaked into the plastic.
Benzoyl Peroxide bleaches the plastic. This might not work every time or could discolor plastic so only use it sparingly or as a last resort if everything else has failed.
Our test subject, a blue-nosed Howleen.
Benzoyl Peroxide is a component found in acne cream. The important part is the peroxide so I thought I’d try out Hydrogen Peroxide first…
The stain did fade a little bit but this was the sort of stain that was soaked all the way through. I went ahead and picked up Clearasil with 10% Benzoyl Peroxide. It doesn’t matter what brand you try, what’s important is that the acne cream you use has 10% Benzoyl Peroxide. 10% is about the highest amount of content anyone will have access to.
I checked her in an hour, 3 hours, 8 hours, 12 hours and didn’t see any significant change. After a week of being exposed to sunshine, the stain is almost gone.
I left her for another week and the stain is gone! For a stain that was soaked through, it took 2 weeks (14 days). There is no plastic discoloration of sorts.
Next to a Howleen that never had stains to begin with, you can’t even tell the difference.
- Removing stains from American Girls with Benzoyl Peroxide
- Remove ink stains from baby doll
- Getting out stains
- Clear Unsightly blemishes
Some dolls may require a longer period. Here’s progress on an old Sleeping Beauty doll who took 3 weeks to see any significant improvement. Unfortunately there are some stains that due appear to be permanent, note the blue blemish on her right eye socket.