Baby bouncers are a great place for your baby to spend time, whether they are playing or taking a little nap. Keeping that baby bouncer clean and staying a germ free place for baby isn’t so easy. From sticky fingers to baby sick, from dried milk to nappy leaks, every now and then your baby bouncer will need a good deep clean.
Deep clean a baby bouncer in Easy Steps:
As a new parent you quickly find that cleaning is something you wish you didn’t have to do as much. In order to make your life a little easier this ‘how to guide’ will take you through an easy step by step approach to really making sure your baby bouncer is deep cleaned and as good as new.
Read the Instructions
If you still have your bouncer’s instruction manual take a quick look at the maintenance/care section. The key thing you need to know is if you can machine wash the seat covers and at what setting. If you don’t have the instructions try and find the manual for your model by looking it up online.
Tip: Take a quick look to see if your particular bouncer is in the best bouncer comparison table. If it is, check out the relevant review and follow the link to your instruction manual.
For a deep clean it’s easier to get into nooks and crannies if you take the bouncer back to its un-assembled state. Most bouncers assembly instructions also tell you how to easily disassemble.
Tip: Lay out the relevant parts onto the floor so you can easily see them all and take a photo with your mobile phone. Use it to check as you clean the parts you haven’t missed anything when you put it back together.
A lot of bouncer frames will be wipe clean. Use a non abrasive cloth or sponge and a mild detergent (washing up liquid will be fine) in warm water. Dry the frame with a dry cloth.
Nowadays a lot of baby bouncer covers are machine washable. Most can be washed on a gentle cool cycle usually around 30 or sometimes up to 40 degrees. Check the care instructions but if in doubt put it on your machine’s delicates setting and a cold wash.
You can use the normal detergent you wash your baby clothes in that should be fine. If you are trying to deal with persistent stains you need to be cautious using traditional bleaches or stain removers since sometimes harsh chemicals can irritate a baby’s sensitive skin. See stain removal tips below
If you have checked your baby bouncer care instructions and it says hand wash only then whilst slightly less convenient than machine washing this is still straight forward. Fill a sink with warm water and add a teaspoon of your normal washing detergent. Let the bouncer covers soak for about 5 minutes. Hand wash the cover as you would any normal item of clothing.
Whether you have machine washed or hand washed your bouncer covers you will need to let them dry. Again check the care instructions but very few bouncers will have tumble dry covers. The easiest method is to let the cover drip dry over a few hours.
Tip: Lay your cover flat on a towel in the sun to dry without losing any shape. If it’s not sunny roll the towel with the cover inside pressing it tightly. If the towel becomes totally saturated start again with a fresh dry towel.
Not all baby bouncers have detachable covers which makes life a lot more difficult. However do not get disheartened you still have some options to deep clean your baby bouncer and the majority of bouncer fabric is fairly durable and designed to be easily wiped clean.
Use a Vacuum Cleaner
Make sure you get into all the nooks and crannies using your vacuum cleaner. You want to ensure there is no dust or dirt left in any crevices.
If you can’t remove the covers from the bouncer then spot cleaning is a good option. To remove a stain by spot cleaning do the following:
- Blot a fresh stain immediately with paper towel or absorbent cloth
- Using a cloth/sponge and washing up liquid and water start working the stained area with a circular motion outside to the centre of the stain.
- If the stain persists use a small amount of baking soda and rub into the stain leave for 30 minutes. Brush off any excess baking soda then wash again with soap and water.
If you have access to a steam cleaner then this is a great option for deep cleaning your baby bouncer. Whilst you can remove spots and stains that are easy to see using steam also kills the germs and bacteria that you can’t.
Use the upholstery attachment of your steam cleaner to remove dirt or stains from your baby bouncer. Move the steam cleaner along the entire surface of your baby bouncer seat. Pay attention to all the crevices and harder to reach areas.
Hydrogen Peroxide: You can pour hydrogen peroxide directly onto a persistent stain. Use enough to cover the stain area. Apply the mixture on the stain and leave it for about 30 minutes. Make sure you do not scrub or rub the peroxide into the fabric. After the 30 minutes are up you can wash the seat cover by one of the methods above or spot cleaning.
Baking soda: Baking soda is great for getting rid of doors and persistent stains. As well as using it for spot cleaning you can use it as part of a hand wash or machine wash process. If machine washing place 4 teaspoons (¼ cup) of baking soda directly into the machine before starting the wash cycle. If hand washing let the seat covers soak for 30 minutes in warm water and the 4 teaspoons (¼ cup) of baking soda before hand washing.
White Vinegar: This natural solution is cost effective, environmentally friendly boasts antibacterial and anti-fungal properties and is safe for sensitive baby’s skin. If machine washing add 60 ml (¼ cup) of white vinegar to the fabric softener compartment when washing by machine as in the section above. If hand washing allow a pre-soak for 30 minutes in warm water with the 60 ml (¼ cup) of white vinegar and then rinse and wash as in the section above.