Cleaning a pack n play is essential for ensuring the health and safety of the baby. Now, in most cases, pack n plays are easy to clean. This is because most are made of wipe-clean fabric. Wiping the fabric (probably with soapy) water is enough for getting rid of surface dirt.
What wiping doesn’t get rid of its internal dirt. The simple fact is that even wipe-only fabric absorbs dirt. Even though it may sparkle on the outside, it can be quite filthy on the inside. The same applies to pack n play parts like the changing table and the mattress. To flush out the dirt on the inside, you need a more thorough cleaning technique. That is what we are going to look at right here.
What You Need
This technique works by soaking. Therefore, make a concoction that will flush out the dirt hidden within the pack n play. To do this, you need:
- A tub of very hot water
- A quarter a cup of baking soda
- 2 to 3 cups of vinegar
- 1 capful of baby laundry detergent.
How To Deep Clean The Pack N Play
Fill the tub with the hot water and submerge the pack n play into it. If the pack n play floats, find something to hold it to the bottom of the tub. It would be best if you had it to be fully submerged in the water.
Add the ingredients into the water and stir. Let the pack n play sit in the mixture for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, flip the pack n play, and let it sit for another 30 minutes.
After the 30 minutes (it will now be an hour since you started the process), remove the pack n play from the water. By this time, the water will be quite yucky (all the dirt will have been flushed out).
Thoroughly rinse the pack and play, then put it out to dry. When your pack n play dries, it will be clean from the inside out.
A Few Caveats
There are two important things to note before using this technique. The first is the material on the floor (or bed) of the pack n play. Most playard floors are safe to soak. However, some are made of soft cardboard, which will be ruined if immersed in water for a long time. Therefore, be sure that the floor isn’t made up of soft cardboard. If it is, then don’t immerse it in the mixture. Scrub it separately.
The second thing to note is about drying the pack n play. The best time to perform this cleaning technique is when there are plenty of suns. This is because you need it to dry fully within the shortest time possible (at most, one day). Otherwise, if it doesn’t dry soon, the metal frames can rust. So, the best time to do this is in the summer when there are plenty of suns. Some users have reported successfully drying the pack n plays using dryers or even fans. You can try these as well, but the sun is the safest option.
In a nutshell, that is how to clean pack and play. Remember, this technique is specifically suited for thorough cleaning. You don’t have to use it every day. In most cases, the usual wiping is enough. However, do this once every two to three months (depending on how often you use the pack n play). Use this to clean any used pack n play before putting your baby in it.