Nendoroid Cleaning and Storage (2013)


I haven’t posted anything or quite a while. I don’t really have any excuse other than my schoolwork and such. I’ve been so busy focusing on those that I haven’t taken any decent photos in weeks already. I thought of uploading a photo dump but I noticed that I didn’t have that much photos to begin with soooo.. Today I’ve decided to share to you my nendoroid cleaning technique and new storage!

Can I really clean this second-hand Mikuru puchi?

I clean my nendoroids only when I see that they’re too dirty. I just cleaned my other nendos and what’s left are these dirty puchi. I bought Mikuru and Kurimu on a online facebook shop that sold random toys from Japan. Kurimu is a pretty rare puchi since she was bundled with a magazine while Mikuru is an old puchi bundled with other Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya characters. (MFC Link: Kurimu and Mikuru)They were really cheap and looked decent in the shop photo so I decided to buy them. When I received them the other day, I was surprised that they were quite dirty. I didn’t really mind since I got them for cheap (about 3 USD each, or 120 php). Kurimu also had something missing, the rest of the white cloth on her head but I don’t mind. I also don’t have a photo of Kurimu before dismantling her. XD

Others will not like my cleaning process since it involves water but I find that this work well with almost any stain. Well, here’s my cleaning process:

DSC_0843Dismantle your nendo/puchi. As you can see, they’re quite dirty. Here’s a closer look of Mikuru’s floatation device. It’s really dirty and stained. If you look closely on the first picture, Mikuru’s hair is also very dirty.

DSC_0836Second step: Prepare a water and shampoo solution. Here I used Head&Shoulders, but really any regular shampoo will do.

DSC_0842Third: Soak the parts for a few minutes. It depends on you and how paranoid you are. XD I don’t really mind them getting soaked so mine lasted for about 15 mins or so. Let your other nendos watch over the soaking puchis. Miku did a great job for me! It seemed like she wanted a bath herself though.

DSC_0849Next, you will need this!

DSC_0857No. Not Miku’s pantsu. The foam. It’s melamine sponge.

DSC_0858I bought this one on our local Daiso (It’s called Saized Daiso here in the Philippines). It’s pretty simple to use. You just wet it and scrub the dirt off. In our case, I dipped the sponge on the shampoo water and scrubbed the puchi parts one by one. Don’t scrub too hard though, this sponge works wonders and doesn’t need much force to clean your nendos.


DSC_0862 Mikuru is quite old. Some paint rubs off into the sponge if you scrub too hard for old nendos. It’s the first time I’ve experienced this though. Kurimu didn’t have any problem with her paint.

Just follow how Miku does it!

DSC_0863After scrubbing a piece, place it in clean water. Do this for all pieces. No need to let it soak for too long. Just a few seconds or a minute will do.

DSC_0865Then you’ll just have to dry them off with a towel. ๐Ÿ˜€

DSC_0871After drying them off, you can assemble them already. Here’s the result!

DSC_0877They’re so clean now! And smells minty fresh too. Hoho!

As for my storage, I upgraded mine! I used to store them in this dividers with their faceplates and bodies but it became confusing recently. So I decided to place all faceplates in the dividers and buy a separate storage for their body and accessories.


DSC_0897This is how the faceplates are stored now. These are dividers that I bought from Japan Home (a local 88php (2USD) japanese shop). Then I found this BEAST of a storage on a local hardware store!
DSC_0877 (2)It has 30 small cabinets (I forgot what it’s called in english lol) and 9 big cabinets. O_O

DSC_0878DSC_0879I assigned a small cabinet for each nendo. The space is quite big. It fits most of the usual Nendoroid accessories + body. Bigger accessories are stored elsewhere.

DSC_0887DSC_0892The big cabinets can fit 3 long nendo hairs or upto 5 short nendo hairs! It depends on how OC (obsessive compulsive) you are. I don’t mind having the hairs touch each other.

DSC_0884DSC_0882DSC_0880Miku’s twintails get a big cabinet of their own. I haven’t noticed before.. but now I have quite a lot of Mikus. Y GSC?! Y U MAKE SO MANY CUTE MIKU VARIATIONS?!

DSC_0883As for the bigger accessories and bases, they go into “the box”.

DSC_0901It’s just a simple plastic box really. XD


Well I suppose that’s all for storage and cleaning. If you have questions, leave a comment below and I’ll be happy to answer. ๐Ÿ˜€

31 Comment

  1. Excellent storage! In my case, since the sticky goo was evident (Snow Miku wasn’t open until this year) I needed to soak it in the same shampoo and water solution overnight! o_O

    I envy you for having space.My brother and I share the same room so I can’t really populate my room with my stuffs. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. ahnpan says: Reply

      my room is pretty small XD So I make do with what I have too. I can imagine that though, if I was sharing my room with my sister, we’d be at war for space haha!
      For my sticky nendo (HMO Miku) , I just displayed for a few weeks on open air. She eventually lost her stickiness. ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. Thanks for the tip! I think I was rushing to get Snow Miku 97 out of her stickiness that’s why I drowned her. Good thing she’s still alive. LOL

  2. That’s a lot of nendo parts! Good thing you’re quite organized.. =3 I would have been also like you if I was collecting Nendos..

    1. ahnpan says: Reply

      Lots of parts = chaos XD
      It’s really good to be organized haha!

  3. Anime Nendoroid says: Reply

    Reblogged this on Nendoroid 'n' Figma.

  4. Epic storage!
    I saw someone on MFC do the same thing, and really should switch over to it myself since it looks much more organized than the craziness I have now. I just get the feeling it would take forever…

    1. ahnpan says: Reply

      It does take forever! haha! Took me some time to migrate them all to that cabinet. It’s worth the effort though ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. Oh my goodness! I need to check my local Japan Store asap! Thanks so much for the tips ๐Ÿ˜€

        1. ahnpan says: Reply

          You’re welcome! ๐Ÿ˜€
          Sometimes you just have to be on the look out for neat stuff *u*
          Hardware stores have a lot of storage solutions too!

      2. Thanks a bunch Ahnpan! I went hunting for a nendoroid storage drawer as well, similar to the one you have. It has less compartments but each of them are bigger! I also linked back for your blog since it was the source of inspiration~ ^_^V

        Here’s the link of our blogpost:

        1. ahnpan says: Reply

          You’re welcome! Glad to be of help! ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. wahh thank you so much for the tips ๐Ÿ˜€
    will use this when cleaning my nendo~

    1. ahnpan says: Reply

      You’re welcome! You can also use melamine foam without water if you opt not to wet them ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. very helpful. Helped remove the stains on my konata and saber nero. though it didn’t work on the body of my saber super movable. it’s still yellowish white. T_T

    1. ahnpan says: Reply

      My friend is also having that same problem with her Tsukiko. I’ll try asking her what she did.

      Do you have any idea where she got that stain from?

  7. sample says: Reply

    is it safe to use liquid dishwasher when cleaning nendoroids?

    1. ahnpan says: Reply

      Yes it’s safe ๐Ÿ™‚
      Just soak them!

  8. NewNendro says: Reply

    “It has 30 small cabinets (I forgot what itโ€™s called in english lol) and 9 big cabinets. O_O”

    Did you mean drawers? xD
    Thanks for the guide btw!

    1. ahnpan says: Reply

      Oh my! Yes I meant drawers! lolol!
      You’re welcome!

  9. mlkdscmkds says: Reply

    Where did you buy the cabinet? 9Drawer? Thanks!

    1. ahnpan says: Reply

      Hello! If you live in the Philippines, I bought it at a local hardware store named DIY Shop.

  10. Littlelion says: Reply

    Wow, thanks for this guide! I just recently bought my first nendo’s and I was a bit panicking when I realized I didn’t know how to properly clean them and which ways were best for storing them. This really helped <3

    1. ahnpan says: Reply

      You’re welcome! ๐Ÿ˜€ Glad to be of help!

      1. sample says: Reply

        What i did when i cleaning my nendos.. i soaked them in a clean distilled water then i put liquid dishwashing soap and after that i washed them using distilled water and let them soaked within an hour or so.. is it safe what i did so far?

        1. ahnpan says: Reply

          yup! I think it’s safe ๐Ÿ˜€
          If I remember correctly, Mikatn even said to soak it of 10+ hours! I only do a few minutes though. ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. Same here that’s how I do things also .. bath time is the hardest part of a collector’s life #theStruggleIsReal

    1. ahnpan says: Reply

      It’s truly a labor of love! I just cleaned my storage yesterday and bathe my nendos! Took me 6 hours! Very tiring, but the peace of mind I got from knowing that they’re finally clean and protected from dust again is worth it!

  12. Kaze says: Reply

    Thanks for sharing! Good ideas for my own growing collection!

  13. Hi I’m from the Philippines and I would like to know where did you buy the storage that has 30 drawers, the blue one?

    1. ahnpan says: Reply

      Hello! I got it from a hardware shop at Greenhills, DIY Shop. ๐Ÿ™‚
      These days it’s faster to contact me on facebook than here on my blog, am sorry for the late reply.

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