Just like everything you use on daily basis, a diaper bag gets dirty. That’s just another fact you need to deal with. Put it on the ground, and it some dirt will stick. Prepare formula for the baby, and oops, it spills on the bag. And then there’s the horror of leaky diapers. When you’re dealing with beings that pee and poo regularly, it’s just a matter of time before you have to face it.
Simple care like cleaning and washing your diaper bag every other week is an easy way to ensure the bag will stay in good condition for a long time. It’s not hard to do and will only take a little of your precious time.
How To Clean A Diaper Bag
For bags made of Nylon, Vinyl, or Polyester, spot cleaning will suffice to get rid of dirt or stain. Here’s how you do it:
- Be sure to empty the bag first. Unzip all zippers then turn the bag upside down to empty the pockets from any crumbs or snack leftovers.
- Add water to a small bowl and add two or three drops of mild soap. Stir well.
- Get a clean small towel or cloth. Dip a small part into the bowl then squeeze any excess soapy water. You don’t need the cloth to be dripping wet for it to work.
- Wipe the cloth on bag’s interior and exterior where there are visible stains or dirt. For rather persistent stains, apply gentle pressure while you rub in circular motion. For tougher stains, you can use a mix of baking soda and water then use a toothbrush to scrub it.
- Get another clean and dry towel to wipe the bag dry.
- Hang the bag to let it air dry completely.
See? It’s simple. You can do all of those in mere minutes.
How To Clean Leather Diaper Bags
For leather diaper bags, spot cleaning as mentioned above is safe and should not pose any problem. Both the interior and exterior can be cleaned the same way.
Now, if you’re thinking about using a leather cleaner to clean your leather diaper bag, check if the bag is made of genuine or faux leather. Faux leather is basically plastic, so using a leather cleaner may have an adverse effect. Water and soap are the best combo for bags made of faux leather.
For genuine leather, special leather cleaner and conditioner will do wonders. Such product is specially formulated to prevent the leather from cracking, flaking, or wrinkling. Your leather bag will stay supple and keep its shape for years to come.
How To Wash A Diaper Bag
For a diaper bag that’s dirty all over, or for times when you just got an accident during a nappy change, washing a bag will give a better result than spot cleaning. Washing a bag by hand is the preferred way, and just like spot cleaning, it doesn’t take much time or effort.
First, you’re going to need a large bucket that can contain the whole bag or at least most of it. Fill it with water, and add mild detergent. Submerge the entire bag in the bucket and leave it for a while to allow the detergent to break down the dirt and stains. How long “a while” is depends on how dirty your bag is.
Use a brush with soft bristles to lightly scrub the whole bag. If possible, turn the bag inside out to give the interior a more thorough cleaning. Once you’re dong scrubbing the whole bag, rinse it then let it air dry.
Can You Wash Diaper Bag In The Washer?
For leather diaper bags, you absolutely must not use the washer. You’ll ruin it for sure. As for other material, well, it depends.
Most of the times, you can’t wash a diaper bag in the machine. Unless the manufacturer literally says that the bag is machine-washable, it’s best to avoid it. If you insist on using the washer, then you wash it at your own risk. Washing a bag that’s not marked as machine-washable by the manufacturer will void the warranty. Any damage your bag receives after that point is no longer covered under the warranty.
Be sure to completely empty the bag first before you put it in the washer. Unzip all zippers then check the pockets for any crumbs or snack leftovers. There shouldn’t be any metal object such as coins or pins left in the bag when you wash it. The tumbling will make the coins or pins hit the bag’s interior over and over again. That’s a sure way to shorten the bag’s lifespan. If the bag has a removable stiffener, remove it from the bag and clean it by hand. That thing is usually just a cardboard covered in the same material as the interior lining. Soaking it up in water will degrade it heavily.
Now, for bags that are machine-washable you should always use cold or room-temperature water. You also need to set the machine on delicate/gentle/whatever the lowest setting is called then air dry on a well-shaded area away from direct sunshine. Avoid putting the bag in the dryer. Your bag may melt or shrink depend on what the material it’s made of. If it’s been raining a lot and the humidity does not allow you to air dry the bag in a reasonable amount of time, you may use the dryer at its lowest setting for a very short amount of time. Using a hair dryer on low can help blast excess moisture off the bag too.
Last but not least, use common sense. If a diaper bag has many metal hardware or accessories, do not put it in the washer even if the material the bag is made of is a machine-safe fabric. That’s just a terrible idea.