One of the most important pieces of equipment for any parent is their stroller. It’s how they get themselves and their child from point A to point B, how they shop in person or online, how they take care of errands.
But it’s also how they keep themselves clean when there are no public restrooms available! That means that a dirty blanket can be more than just a little inconvenience – it could actually make you sick! We’ve got 10 tips for cleaning and sanitizing your stroller blanket so that both you and your baby stay healthy and happy all day long.
How do you sanitize a disinfected stroller?
A stroller is a machine on wheels, so how do you sanitize it? Well, there’s not an easy answer to that question! There are many ways to keep your stroller clean and disinfected – from using bleach solution with soap or dish detergent (make sure to rinse off the excess) to using any of these other methods.
Just make sure that whatever method you use also kills viruses like flu as well as bacteria like E Coli!
How do you deep clean a stroller?
There are many ways to deep clean a stroller, but how you go about doing that is going to depend on how often it’s used.
For example, if your stroller gets heavy use and is carried around in different places with new people at all hours of the day (e.g., an infant who rides in the car seat or carrier), then it should be cleaned every two weeks – just like how we wash our sheets! But for those who only occasionally carry their child around in their stroller, these tips will do wonders for keeping things fresh and germ-free:
Step 1. Clean the straps and canopy separately with warm water and soap. Get in there! Dirt gets deep into those crevices, so be sure to scrub everything well. As the last step, rinse it all off with cold water and hang it up or layout to dry.
Step 2. Wipe down any handles of food that may have been spilt on them by using an alcohol wipe (or even just some rubbing alcohol).
Step 3. Use a wet cloth around inside surfaces where things like diapers are stored: this includes the seat/area underneath your child’s bottom when riding in their stroller as well as between where they sit while laying flat in the stroller – these areas can get really grungy from how much bodily fluid is sitting there.
Step 4. Use a wet cloth around the outside of your stroller, too: wipe down handles or anything else that may have come in contact with food.
Step 5. After cleaning everything really well take off any fabric from the frame and drape over bushes/hanging cords so they get a light coat of bleach or hydrogen peroxide.
Step 6. Rinse off the fabric and hang it upside down to dry – this will help it last much longer than if you just dried it on a rack in your laundry room.
What kind of chemicals can I use on my baby’s stroller blanket?
Any chemical cleaner should be safe enough to use in small amounts on a baby stroller blanket. Some people prefer dishwasher liquid because it has powerful degreasing properties while others prefer bleach, which is a popular choice because it kills germs quickly.
Some people also prefer soap and water to chemical cleaners for baby stroller blankets because they don’t leave behind any harsh residue or odour.
No matter how you clean your blanket, be sure not to spray too much cleaner onto the fabric; just use the amount that will adequately cover the surface of the fabric when sprayed. If you’re using a cloth wipe instead of spraying on some sort of cleaner, make sure not to rub harshly against the material to remove dirt from deep within its fibres – this can cause irreversible damage!
Cleaning with chemicals: Rinse off all excess liquid after cleaning before storing away so as not to continue to expose the blanket to any harsh chemicals that will continue their work on the fabric.
Cleaning with just water: If you want to clean your stroller blanket without having a chemical residue, use warm soapy water or baking soda and vinegar (or lemon juice) mixed in equal parts for an eco-friendly solution that won’t do further damage to your baby’s blanket!
Drying out of direct sunlight: Be mindful of how well your strollers are ventilated as this can also cause mildew growth over time which is not only unpleasant smelling but also makes it harder for bacteria from within the dirt particles hiding deep within its fibres to be killed off, meaning they’ll eventually rot into whatever surface they’re sitting upon.
Tips for Cleaning and Sanitizing a Stroller Blanket
Change the blanket out every day. This is especially important if you’re using a disposable one. That way, any germs that might have built up can’t hang around in your stroller for too long
Wash it with soap and warm water after each use to help remove any dirt or bacteria that may be lingering on the fabric
Use bleach, vinegar, or hydrogen peroxide (in small amounts!) to disinfect it as needed – these will all work better than just soap and water alone! Your child’s health depends on how well you keep their environment clean
Keep extras handy so that when you wash one down at home tonight, there’ll already be another waiting for tomorrow morning’s errand run!
Pick up a few of these to keep in your baby bag, so you’re never without a clean one!