Most babies love to spend time in their baby swing, but your adorable baby probably is known for being messy. Infants make messes from spitting up to diaper explosions and all kinds of other gross things.
That’s why it’s a good idea to clean your baby’s swing regularly. Not only does it need regular cleaning, but a deep clean once in a while. Here’s the best way to do it.
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How to Clean a Baby Swing?
Before you clean it, make sure you read any instructions that came with the swing. Most manuals have a maintenance section. You need to find out if the seat cover is machine washable or if you need to spot it only.
From there, here are some other things that you need to do.
Wipe Down The Frame
Baby frames get dirty from dried spills and stains, so they do need to be washed down from time to time. This is an easy part of the swing to clean.
To clean the frame, mix liquid dish soap in a bucket of warm water. Use a non-abrasive cloth that won’t scratch the frame to clean it. Once you wash it down, use a clean, dry cloth to wipe off the soap and water.
Wash The Cover
Hopefully, you selected a swing that lets you machine-wash it. That saves time and makes it easier to remove stains. If it does allow you machine wash it, most brands want you to use a cold, gentle setting. Always use a mild detergent that won’t irritate your baby’s skin. Use whatever soap you use for your baby’s clothes.
Don’t use a dryer unless the instructions say that you can safely do so.
Spot Clean The Cover
Whether the instructions say spot clean only or you need to get out a single stain, all you need is to rub soap or baking soda on the stain. Rub it on the stain and let it stand for 30 minutes. Then use a clean cloth to wipe it down again with mild soap and warm water. Let it dry!
Removing Stains From Your Baby Swing
If you have stains from spitting up or who knows what else, here are some ways to remove stains without using bleach, which is too harsh for a baby’s skin.
All you need to do is pour hydrogen peroxide directly on the stain. Let it sit for 30 minutes and wash it in the machine or spot clean it as you usually would. It does need to sit and work into the fabric to be effective.
Hang that baby swing cover out to dry outside. Sunning is like natural bleach; it’s a great way to get rid of stains on cloth diapers as well. Make sure the cover is wet and let the sun do its job.
You can either sprinkle some baking soda into the washing machine or make a paste with some water and rub it on the stain. Keep rubbing and wiping away with a clean cloth until the stain is no longer visible.
Keep It Clean
Anywhere your baby spends time need to stay clean. Make sure you clean the frame and wash the cover regularly to keep everything in tip-top shape for your baby. Cleaning a portable baby swing is so easy!