If you have a vintage Barbie, she may have the dreaded "green ear," a condition caused by the original metal earrings being left in the doll's ears for too long. Green condition can also be found on other parts of the body where metal jewelry or doll stands have touched vintage Barbie dolls. Here's one way to cure green ear or green condition.
Time Required: 1-6 months
- Obtain a product called Remove-Zit from Twin Pines of Maine
- Apply a coating of Remove-Zit to a clean ears with a wood stick. The product will harden to an opaque color in a day or so. Apply the Remove-Zit in a well ventilated room.
- Do NOT get product on any painted areas or hair, as the product can remove paint and discolor hair.
- When the product hardens, remove it and apply again.
- Continue to remove and reapply until the stain is gone. This can take a considerable amount of time; don't expect results overnight.
- For deep stains, you may need to remove the doll's head and apply the product on the inside AND outside of the ears. If you do this, do not put the head in an enclosed area such as a Tupperware container, since you may remove doll face paint.
- When the green ear is gone, clean the doll thoroughly.
- Do not re-insert the earrings back in the ears!
- There are other products that can remove green ear such as Tarn-X; I have had the best success with this Remov-Zit, however.
- Never treat green ear with two different products, since a chemical reaction can occur which will turn the ears brown
- Do NOT use the product on mod era dolls, such as TNT Barbies or Caseys, since the product removes the skin dye and leaves a white spot.
- You can replace the original metal and pearl earrings with pearls on filament, often used in bridal bouqets and available at craft stores.
What You Need
- paper towels
- Barbie doll
- well-ventilated room