Of all the things you imagined parenthood could be, we bet you didn't put ‘Learning how to clean a baby car seat’ high on the list. But that's okay – this chore isn't one you'll need to do often and it's pretty straightforward. You should check your owner's manual or go online on the manufacturer's site for more information about your specific baby car seat. In the meantime, here are some easy tips to get you started.
- Remove the cover. The plastic seat cover is where wet and sticky messes often hide. Wash the seat cover with soap and water so you can get into those nooks and crannies. Don't put it in the washer or dryer – lay it flat to dry. Then follow up and wipe down with Dettol® Disinfecting Wipe.
- Next, tackle the baby car seat buckles. You can remove the buckles from the seat entirely, but make sure you know how to put them back on properly. Wash the buckle under running water to remove debris, but don't use soap. Once dry, snap each buckle back and replace it on the seat. Or, if you aren't comfortable removing buckles for thorough cleaning, use a Dettol® Disinfecting Wipe or Dettol® Multi-Purpose Cleaner to get the buckles clean and sanitized.
- Freshen fabric with Dettol® Disinfectant Spray. This will sanitize the fabric safely and leave it virtually germ- and bacteria-free.
- Sometimes more intensive cleaning is needed. If your baby had a particularly bad diaper blow-out in the car seat, you'll probably have to do more than the above steps. Remove the car seat from the car and dismantle as much as you are comfortable taking apart and reassembling later. Scrub down all plastic parts and spot-clean the upholstery according to the care labels. You'll want to get as deep a clean as possible and then let the car seat air dry, perhaps in the sun, which has natural anti-bacterial properties. Make sure the car's seat is thoroughly cleaned. If you don't do your due diligence now, you'll be dreading car rides for weeks to come.
Now that you know a little about how to clean a baby car seat you can be ready for accidents, car sickness and more. But keep your fingers crossed all the same – you’ll probably only need to keep the baby's car seat tidy and germ-free until she grows out of it.