Inside: Want to easily clean your diaper bag in less than 5 minutes? Find out my 5 steps on how to clean your diaper bag in the easiest way possible!
I was in a stinky bathroom, rushing to finish changing my daughter’s diaper and as I reached into my diaper bag to pull out the wipes there were 5 old, sticky fruit snacks stuck to the bottom of the case!
I just about lost it.
I couldn’t take how messy my diaper bag was!
Diaper bags can get really dirty, really fast. Sometimes we get so caught up in cleaning up our little one that we forget to actually clean our diaper bag.
But don’t worry- I’ll show you how to EASILY clean your diaper bag and it’ll only take you 5 minutes!
Mom’s certainly don’t need another thing to clean but because cleaning your diaper bag is important, you need a quick and easy diaper bag cleaning routine that will take you less than 5 minutes a week!
That way, your diaper is ALWAYS clean and disinfected! This also reduces the spread of germs and illness and keeps your children healthy 🙂
How to Easily Clean Your Diaper Bag in Under 5 Minutes
It’s important to clean your diaper bag because it literally goes everywhere with you. It’s in your car, in the stroller, in a shopping cart, hangs off of chairs, goes into bathrooms with you, and even gets placed on the floor.
Believe it or not, diaper bags can be one of the dirtiest things you carry. So, cleaning and disinfecting your diaper bag is super important.
5 Steps to clean your diaper bag:
1. Remove all items from diaper bag
The first step to clean your diaper bag is to take everything out of it. I know a lot of parents who just keep piling things in the diaper bag and never really take things out of it. Then at the bottom of the bag, you find dried out wipes, stale cheerios, and flattened gummies!
You want to remove everything from the pockets too, even the zippered pockets. The goal is to start fresh once your diaper bag is clean.
2. Flip diaper bag upside down over sink/garbage
Second, now that everything is out of your diaper bag, you want to completely flip the diaper bag over to get out all of the crumbs and loose bits. Make sure you do this over a sink or a garbage can. Trust me, you don’t want to spend time sweeping your floor after you’re done!
3. Use a warm cloth to wipe down interior and exterior
Third, now that your diaper bag is empty and free of crumbs and loose “garbage”, you want to use a clean cloth to wipe down and clean the diaper bag. To do this, use a clean washrag or washcloth and wet it with warm water and a bit of Dawn soap. Don’t forget to ring the washcloth out of the excess water.
Gently scrub your diaper bag with the washcloth with a bit of pressure on the areas that have spots or “stains”. I would wipe down the whole outside of the bag with the washcloth and keep rewetting the cloth as needed.
Do the same for the interior of the bag.
Double-check the diaper bag’s washing instructions (sometimes it can still be found on the inside tag). If your diaper bag can be washed, you can turn it inside out and wash it on a gentle cycle and hang dry.
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4. Disinfect straps and top handles
Next, we want to go a step beyond just a wipe down and actually disinfect the diaper bag strap handles and straps. Take a disinfectant wipe (like a Clorox wipe or Lysol wipe or seventh generation wipe) and really scrub those handles and straps.
If the bag is really dirty on the inside, to properly clean my diaper bag I even use a disinfectant wipe on the interior as well. I get into the pockets and clean the zippers too.
5. Replace/refill any items
Now that your diaper is all clean and fresh, it’s time to refill it! Use this time to restock on diapers, wipes, and anything else that you have used throughout the week.
I also take advantage of my diaper bag being clean and reorganize it. I like to have my diaper, diaper cream and wipes all in one area or in one pocket. Because when I got to change my baby, everything I need is all in that one area of my diaper bag.
Then, I put all of the food-related items in another pocket. Like a bib, spoon, disposable placemat, crackers, and any other little snack that will fit.
In the other pocket, I put all of the misc. items I have in my diaper bag. Such as a travel Lysol spray, travel Clorox wipes, travel band-aid kit, mini nail clipper, and hand sanitizer.
Now that my diaper bag is cleaned and restocked, it’s completely ready for me to just pick up and go when I have to go out! It’s one less thing I have to get ready!
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>> There you have it! Here are the 5 steps to easily clean your diaper bag in under 5 minutes! Each step can easily take you a minute or less!
- Remove all items from your diaper bag
- Flip the bag over your sink or garbage
- Use a wet cloth wipe down the interior and exterior of the bag
- Disinfect straps and handles
- Replace and refill any items
If you do this diaper bag cleaning routine once a week, your diaper bag will never reach the point where it’s so messy and dirty that you just want to throw it out. Trust me, I’ve been there before!
Spending 5 minutes a week to clean your diaper bag will have you SO much time in the future! Not only is your diaper bag clean but it’s also completely ready for you to just grab and run when you need to go out.
Now, I don’t have to worry about sticky fruit snacks getting stuck in my diaper bag!
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