Half-pint peeps need car seats for safety. And the bad thing about that is what happens to kids’ car seats–in spite of your best intentions! Whether you encounter a diaper blow out, spilled milk, cracker crumbs or spit-up, it’s all pretty far down on the list of things parents enjoy cleaning up.
Since cleaning car seats is hard enough, today I want to tell you about some hacks to make it as easy as possible. That way, you can get it done and move onto the more fun parts of parenthood.
One way to make the job as easy as possible is to keep up on the dirt. If you frequently vacuum out the rest of your car, spend a couple extra minutes and vacuum out the car seat to get rid of loose dirt and crumbs. Then pull the car seat completely out of the vehicle and vacuum out the underside of the seat, as well as the car interior where the car seat was sitting. You never know what you will find when you pull the car seat out!
Here are some cleaning hacks for car seats:
- Use a car seat protector. This is really a must, and you’ll be glad you have it when the inevitable nasty wet spill occurs. It also protects the vehicle seat from dirty shoes.
- Keep a small bag or basket in the backseat for garbage. This little “trash can” is a great way to help keep up on messes.
- Stash some baby wipes near the car seat to use in case of sticky messes. If your child is old enough, encourage him to use a wet wipe to clean his hands and face as needed.
- You should also keep a stash of sickness bags in the car, because you’ll never know when you might need one. They have saved my life as a mom more than once! This way, you stand a greater chance of not having to clean up a huge mess.
- To deodorize a stinky car seat, take it out of the car and let it sit in the sun for awhile. You can also help the process by misting the fabric cover with a homemade deodorizer. Mix 16 ounces of water with 10 drops of lavender essential oil + 10 drops of tea tree oil.
And there you have it! Now you have the tips you need for ease with cleaning car seats!