Wednesday, June 5, 2013

How to Clean and Disinfect a Pack N Play

First, I just want to give another huge thank you to Emily @Nap-Time Creations for allowing me to co-host Tastful Tuesday with her! It was awesome. If you didn’t, go check it out HERE and link up, there are so many awesome links! I think I just might feature a couple next week too!

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Oh boy, if you have baby stuff, you will seriously not want to miss this.

So several weeks ago, my friend Mary posted about How to Clean Used Baby Items – great post, go check it out. She goes into how to clean all your baby stuff and she even cleaned her pack n play. I hadn’t really thought about it, but I sure am glad I cleaned mine.

I got this new pack n play several months ago on my local Facebook garage sale sites. I wanted an upgrade from my basic one – I wanted one with the changing table and bassinet in it because baby usually spends a couple weeks in our room before going to the big crib.

Anyway, I pulled it out and thought I’d try Mary’s tutorial on cleaning it.
It was a lot dirtier than I thought. I don’t know if you can tell completely from the pictures, but there are definite wetness marks where I circled.

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YUCK YUCK YUCK!

So I prepped my bathtub. I used warm water and a squirt (maybe a tsp) of Basic H2 and a squirt of Basic G (also about a tsp). I was a little on the excessive side with the Basic G because I wanted those germs gone. The great thing about Basic G is it is non-toxic and won’t bleach fabrics so I knew it would be safe to use around my baby.


Then I submerged the frame, case, and bassinet part. I hand washed the bassinet fabric and case with a little scrub brush and let the frame soak a little longer.

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I the frame and mesh a bit, then I removed the framed and let it dry on some towels.

I ended up submerging the mattress – even though Mary warns that it may be made of cardboard and could get damaged- I was pretty sure it was a more solid material. I submerged it and scrubbed it with a brush. This is the water after…..

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Blech!

I took all the components outside and double sanitized them by putting them in the scorching heat that is Las Vegas.

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SOOOOOO much better. Plus it all smells like sunshine Open-mouthed smile
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Alright so that takes some cleaning off my list for when I’m huge and don’t want to do anything – oh wait – I already don’t want to do anything. This last week or so it’s really gotten hot. We were lucky for a while and it stayed in the 80’s, but no now it’s full on 100+.

Hope everyone is having a great week, I know a lot of you are finishing up school today or this week. Have a great time with your kids!

Interested in more non-toxic cleaners, check them out HERE. Let me know if you have any questions about the products!

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18 comments:

  1. WOW! That is absolutely amazing! (and gross - but still - awesome results!) I will definitely be pinning this one! Thanks for linking up!

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    1. I know, isn't it nasty! I am so glad I did this before the baby comes, I had no idea it was that bad! Thanks for pinning and thank you for your comment Ruth! Have a fun day!

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  2. Thanks for showing how to clean a baby's bed. It's amazing that my youngest is now 26!! Wow. Those years went quick! Have a great day. Linda

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    1. No problem, Linda. I had no idea they could be cleaned until I read Mary's post. So glad it's clean now!

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  3. Wow, that is an amazing before and after! Thanks for the how to!
    Heidi @ handmadefrenzy.blogspot.com

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    1. No problem, Amber. I couldn't believe how disgusting it was. I'm so glad I cleaned it! Thanks for coming by, have a fantastic week!

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  4. Great tutorial. Love the end result! I would love for you to share this at my weekly linky party.
    http://hickorytrailblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/efforts-and-assets-linky-party-6.html

    Thanks,
    Angela

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    1. Thanks Angela, I'm so happy with the results. I linked up to your party, number 39. Thanks for commenting, have a wonderful day!

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  5. That pack in play cushion is a tough one to clean! I know people that just throw them away. Thank you for sharing with us again on our Thursday Link Up at allthingswithpurpose.com. We loved it so much we featured it!

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    1. Thanks Julia for your comment and the feature, that's awesome! Have a great week!

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  6. Where can i find these cleaning products?

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    1. Hi Carah, you can find these cleaning products online at my website, http://safeandnaturalliving.myshaklee.com/us/en/

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  7. How long do they soak?

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    1. I let the frame soak for about 15 minutes. But be careful with the mattress, it may be made of cardboard and soaking might ruin it. I took the chance and just submerged it long enough to scrub it, about 5 minutes or less. I worked fast to make sure it didn't get ruined.

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  8. What if its winter and no sunshine to finish the germ killing?

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    1. Really you should be fine, the Basic G is going to kill the germs, I just wanted to dry it quickly and remove any lingering stains. Plus the sun just dries it so quickly. If you can lay it out inside in a sunny or warm spot you'll be just fine too.

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  9. I'm unable to purchase the full products at this time, do you offer sample sizes to try? Thanks!!

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    1. Send me an email at alexharalson08@gmail.com

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