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How to Clean and Disinfect Diaper Bags

clean and disinfect diaper bags

Diaper bags are a must-have item when it comes to parenthood. They’re essential for packing up all of your baby’s things in an easily accessible place when you venture out. Typical diaper bag items include diapers, baby wipes, pacifiers, change of clothing, etc. 

Because they’re frequently used outside of the home, diaper bags can get pretty filthy, so it’s important to clean them regularly. If you haven’t been cleaning your diaper bag or aren’t sure how to do it, keep reading for some how-to tips.

How often should I clean the diaper bag?

Wiping down your diaper bag once a week is a good habit. Any spills or messes in between your weekly wipe-downs should be handled immediately so it doesn’t leave any stains. 

Avoid throwing it into a washing machine unless the label clearly states it’s washing-machine safe. Doing so could cause damage to your diaper bag.

We recommend giving your diaper bag a deep cleaning at least once every six months.

How to clean diaper bags

Step 1: Check the label for manufacturer care instructions

The first thing you should do prior to cleaning is to check the label on the diaper bag to see if there are care instructions. The cleaning process can range from spot cleaning to tossing it into the washing machine depending on the material and style. Generally speaking, wiping down and spot cleaning should be safe to do on any type of material. 

Step 2: Empty it completely

Take everything out of your diaper bag. Make sure to empty all pockets and compartments. Leave all zippers and clasps open.

Step 3: Shake it out

Turn it upside down over a large garbage can and shake it so any loose crumbs and dirt will fall out. You can do this outside if you prefer.

Step 4: Vacuum it

Use a slim vacuum attachment to remove any remaining dirt, dust, and debris inside the bag.

Step 5: Clean it with soapy water

Fill a bucket or large mixing bowl with warm water and mild laundry detergent. Wet a clean cloth, then wring it out so it’s damp. Then use the damp cloth to wipe the diaper bag thoroughly inside and outside. Make sure to wipe inside the pockets and compartments, as well as all straps and handles.

Step 6: Clean it with clear water

Repeat the process with a clean cloth that is wet with only water (no detergent).

Step 7: Let it air dry

Hang the diaper bag somewhere to air dry completely before using it again. Leave the pockets and compartments open so it dries faster. 

If you’re out and about when your diaper bag experiences a spill or a mess, you can use baby wipes in a pinch. They’re versatile and can be used for more than just diaper changes!

Regularly cleaning your diaper bag will help it last longer in case you want to sell it to another mom after your little one outgrows the need for one.

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