How To Clean Car Seat Straps

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The Best Way To Clean Car Seat Straps And Remove Or Vomit 

Having a baby or a child is a wonderful thing and we take them everywhere we go. Most car seats come with instruction manuals on how to put them in, but none of them comes with the instruction to clean and remove the mess that will get on them.

This article will teach you how to do that, it could be the car seat straps or the car seat belt itself. For kids under 4 years old, they need to be strapped in by the car seat itself and if they are over 4 years old they can use a booster seat with the regular car seat belt, so let me show you how to clean a car seat belt or seat strap.


How To Clean Car Seat Belt:

cleaning car seat belt with toothpaste

If your child is big enough or you just have dirty car seat belts and you want to clean them, then this is the best and easiest method. Cleaning the seat belt isn’t that hard if you mix the right mixture.

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Things You Will Need:

  1. Dawn Dish Soap
  2. Baking Soda
  3. Scrub Brush Or Toothbrush
  4. Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
  5. Paper Towel
  6. Warm Water

Cleaning process:

Get a small container and fill it halfway with warm water, add one tablespoon of dawn dish soap, one cup add baking soda, and mix it around. Wet the seat belt with some of the mixtures you had just made and let it sit for 5 minutes. You can do this for all the seat belts in the car so the dirt will get softer and be much easier to remove.

If you start with the car seat belt that your kids use, you will need to apply a little more effort and energy when cleaning this one because food, vomit, and other things might get on them. Dip the scrub brush in the mixture you made and scrub the seat belt, you can scrub it in the direction where the dirt that comes off the seat belt will go outside of the car, if that is not possible, spread a towel over the car seat itself so the leather doesn’t get messy. 

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After you are satisfied with the results, you can get some fresh warm water and wash the seat belt off. Either use a microfiber cleaning cloth or some paper towel and dry the seat belt. Leave it to dry before you use it again and make sure the windows or car door is open to let in the fresh air.


How To Clean Car Seat Straps For Infants:

spraying cleaning solution on car seat belt

For younger babies, the car seat and the car seat strap will get really dirty in no time. Not cleaning the car seat itself for a month will end in disaster. Baby will vomit on themself and it will catch the car seat straps and wiping it off alone will not help. To clean the car seat straps, you will need a few things.

Things Needed:

  1. Rubbing alcohol
  2. Dawn dish soap
  3. White distilled vinegar 
  4. Toothbrush 
  5. Small container 
  6. Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
  7. Spray bottle 
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Cleaning Process:

Mix 1 cup of vinegar in a small container that is half full with warm water along with 1 tablespoon dawn dish soap. You will also need to make a little cleaning solution in a spray bottle. Add half a cup rubbing Alcohol to a small spray bottle, 1 cup white distilled vinegar, and fill the bottle with water.

Shake the bottle well and spray the car seat straps until they are wet. Use the toothbrush and scrub them until it is clean. If there are vomit stains on the car seat strap, focus on that area more with an extra cleaning solution. Clean the straps down with some fresh clean water and let them air dry properly.

Remove any cushion on the car seat that can be washed in the washing machine and wash it. For the other parts that cannot be removed, dip the microfiber cleaning cloth in the mixture that you made in the container and wipe the car seat down until it is clean. 

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Leave it to air dry as well and put it back together. I recommend cleaning the car seat every month so that your baby can be in a clean environment and your car can smell better.


How To Clean A Car Seat On The Go:

cleaning car seat with wipes

Kids and babies will be babies, so accidents will happen and you will need to clean it up immediately. Many of us do not carry a trash bag or a small bin in the back of our car and we need to start doing it, just in case your kids spill food on themselves or all over the car seats and you need to clean it up quickly.

Having a container of extra sanitizing wipes in your car we’ll do the job tremendously while removing the food and odor even if your child vomited. After cleaning up a spill you will need to temporarily store the wipes in a large ziplock bag if they have vomited, but if it is a regular food spill, you can put it in the trash.

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The next essential thing you need in your car is a portable handheld vacuum like what’s in the picture above. If your kids crush something up, you can stop immediately and vacuum it up before they spread it all over the car seat and car seat straps.


Cleaning Stroller Seat Harness Strap:

cleaning stroller harness with toothbrush

A baby stroller is like a second car seat that you can push them around in. Some strollers can be transformed back into a car seat once you have finished using them. Cleaning the stroller seat straps will have the same cleaning process as cleaning a baby seat strap.

The key is to clean the seat without using any non-toxic cleaning products, you can make your own or you can buy some on amazon that was made specially to use around the baby. Below are the things you need to make your non-toxic cleaning solution.

Things needed:

  1. Water 
  2. Baby shampoo or dawn dish soap
  3. Microfiber cleaning cloth
  4. Spray bottle 
  5. Toothbrush
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Cleaning Process:

Mix the baby shampoo or dawn dish soap with some water in a small spray bottle. Two or three tablespoons of baby shampoo will work. Shake the bottle well and spray it on the stroller straps. If you are on the go, you can give it a light spray and use some wipes or paper towels to clean it off, or if you are at home and giving the stroller straps a proper cleaning. 

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Spray the straps until they are really wet, then use the toothbrush to scrub the grease and food marks out. You can use fresh water to clean the straps off after you are done or you can wipe them off with a microfiber cleaning cloth that was dipped in warm water.

Now that you have learned these easy cleaning processes to clean car seat straps, seat belts, and stroller straps. You can have a much cleaner car seat and environment for your baby. If this was helpful to you, share it with your mom friends or where ever you like to share it.

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