Although rewarding, being a parent can be a messy job. From spit-up to bottle spills and everything in between, you'll soon find out that your little bundle of joy is in fact a stain machine.
But when the stains get tough, the tough get going! In addition to keeping your baby's products looking as good as new, regular cleaning is essential for health and sanitary reasons. You know firsthand that your little one loves to put objects in her mouth, so you'll want to ensure that everything you own is polished and germ-free.
Learn how to be a stain-fighting superhero with these helpful tips for cleaning baby bouncers, car seats and more!
Although road trips are fun, when you're traveling with your kiddos they are also quite messy. Luckily, many car seats have removable covers that you can simply place in the washing machine (on a gentle cycle). Just be sure that it is safe to do so! If you're unable to remove the entire seat cover, spot-clean the stains and then allow them to dry in the sun.
You can follow a similar cleaning routine when dealing with baby's bouncers. Chances are your little one is inseparable from her bouncer. For this reason, bouncers get worn-out and stained easily. Fortunately, many bouncers come equipped with removable seat covers to place in the wash.
Sometimes harsh chemicals can irritate a baby's soft and sensitive skin. This is why many moms and dads shy away from traditional bleaches and detergents. Looking for a DIY alternative to traditional bleach and laundry detergents? Check out some of these helpful concoctions:
Hydrogen Peroxide: You can pour hydrogen peroxide directly on the stain. This solution works well for both clothes and coverlets. Simply place the mixture on the hard-to-remove mark and let it sit for 30 minutes. Don't scrub or rub the peroxide into the fabric. After a half hour, you can wash the product as you would a regular load of laundry (if it's okay to do so).
Baking soda: Baking soda serves many purposes and is known for eliminating tough odors and stains. Another perk about baking soda is that it is inexpensive to purchase. You can pick up a box at your local grocery store for less than one dollar! Before doing a load of laundry, pour around ¼ cup of baking soda into the washing machine. Your baby's clothes and other fabrics will come out fresh and clean!
Dish detergent: No, that's not a typo! In addition to cleaning your baby's bottles, dish detergent can also do wonders on fabric stains. To tackle difficult stains, fill up your washer with hot water and add a half a cup of dish detergent (mommy bloggers recommend Cascade.) Allow clothing items and other fabrics to soak for about an hour. Then, drain the water and restart the washer cycle as normal.
Vinegar: A solution to your baby's sensitive skin is to clean everything from toys to car seats with distilled white vinegar. Vinegar is both economically and environmentally friendly. This natural solution boasts antibacterial and antifungal properties. Furthermore, you can purchase a whole gallon of white vinegar for as little as $2. Adding a half a cup to a full cup of distilled vinegar to the liquid fabric softener in your washer can make your baby's clothes and fabric products come out as good as new!
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