How To Safely Store Your My Little Ponies For Years

My Little Pony toys aren't going away anytime soon. These adorable little horses, ponies and even seahorses have captured little girls' interests since the 1980's. Many mothers are now bringing out their old ponies to share with their own little ones and take a trip back to their youth in the process. Your ponies can survive many years in storage if you tend to the packing process properly. Here, you will learn how to do just that.

Clean the Ponies

Your ponies must be cleaned well and their manes tamed before you pack them away.

Wild Manes

To tame wild manes and tails, boil some water and let it cool for a few minutes. The water needs to be nearly boiling temperature but not so hot that you cannot touch it without getting burned.

Dip the pony's hair into the hot water and let it soak for 15 minutes or so. You don't want to stick the entire pony in the water as it will fill with water and can become moldy inside.

After the soak, use a drop of hair conditioner to massage the hair. Then, use a comb to work the knots out of the hair.

To create a curly style, wrap the hair around a pencil, then wrap it with a paper towel and hold it in place with a rubber band. Let the pony sit and dry for a day or two. When you return to it, the hair will be dry and you can remove the rubber band and paper towel to unleash the curls. You can store the pony with the pencil in place to secure the hair, but be sure to replace the paper towel so that you aren't packing a damp paper towel with your ponies.

Body Cleaning

The body should be cleaned using very warm water and dish washing soap. Again, don't submerge the pony as it will fill with water and cause problems down the road.

Stains and marker can be removed with a little bit of acne cream and some time in the sun. Simply coat the stain with acne cream and set the pony out in the sun for a few days. Scrub the acne cream off, and the pony should be as good as new. If not, repeat the process and eventually the spot will disappear.

Store the Ponies

Each pony should be carefully wrapped with tissue paper before being tucked neatly in a box. Don't stack the ponies too deep in a box or you could cause the ponies in the bottom of the box to become misshapen.

Store the box in an area that won't be exposed to extreme temperatures or high humidity. If you have no safe place in your home with a controlled climate, rent a climate-controlled storage unit from a company like Bill King Moving for these ponies and anything else you want to hold onto for the next several years.