How should I clean an old Raggedy Ann doll in bad condition?
Q. Dear Donia,
A. Dear Mary,
I am so sorry to hear how poor Raggedy Ann keeps having problems!
My guess is that there was either something in the stuffing that is now leaching out into the fabric since the stuffing was most likely not polyester like we have now. Another issue could be mold but that seems less likely because of your bleach wash. And then there could be all sorts of other causes from variables I don't know about.
Since she has no value, I would open her up and take out the stuffing and wash her gently again to see if that takes care of the new stains and then restuff when dry with polyester fill.
Hope this helps and I hope Raggedy Ann can come back to life. Best, Donia