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Old 09-28-2012, 08:00 PM   #1
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How do you clean your covers?

I know the instructions
hand wash, cold water, mild detergent

what I mean is how?! I've been trying to get mine clean in the bathtub since this afternoon. DS' still stink of pee and I hardly seem to be getting any of the dirt out of DD's. They're heavy when wet, oddly shaped and not easy to scrub...

I'm just frustrated that I can't get these things at least sort of clean. This is why they don't get washed very often!

also what is considered to be a "mild detergent"? What do you use?

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Old 09-28-2012, 08:02 PM   #2
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Re: How do you clean your covers?

In the washing machine on delicate.

I put Shout on them first, then wash with Tide and Oxyclean.

Hang dry.

I've done Britax, TrueFit, Graco, and Radian covers that way for years. Britax covers wash up really nice.
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Re: How do you clean your covers?

^ what she said. Tide and the gentle cycle all the way.
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:29 PM   #4
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I just toss mine in in a regular cycle with tide.
Just no dryer and they have turned out fine.
Happened quite often for a while. Dd go carsick a lot
Puke smell is horrible to get out. Gentle methods just didn't cut it.
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Re: How do you clean your covers?

I have an HE machine, so no agitator. I put them in on the gentle/delicate cycle - I figure without the agitator it's really no less gentle than I would be washing by hand!
Just always hang to dry.

For the pee smell, I'd let it dry (just until damp) then sprinkle baking soda over it and let it sit for a while. The soda will absorb the smell, like it works in a fridge or in cat litter, kwim? Then just vacuum or shake off the soda, and wash. Should be good to go.
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Old 09-29-2012, 08:24 AM   #6
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Re: How do you clean your covers?

I have a hand wash cycle on my machine, so I always use that and then hang dry.
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Re: How do you clean your covers?

All the directions say never to machine wash them, and pretty much everyone I met ignores this rule :-). I was careful to use the delicate cycle and to line dry (which takes forever, fyi) but it works. In my regular washer I put the cover in a king sized pillow case first, but with my HE washer I didn't bother.

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Re: How do you clean your covers?

Just don't dry them in the dryer, and never wash straps in a machine. (Actually, check with the manufacturer before you wash straps using any method. Different manufacturers have different standards for what is okay and what is not.)
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Re: How do you clean your covers?

My washing machine is broken so I washed them by hand anyway. I *think* I managed to get the pee smell out. Good to know for the future that people machine wash them.

The problem now is that I washed them yesterday evening. They have been hanging in my bathroom all night and all day and they are no where near dry. I have to go out (with the kids) tomorrow at 9am and I am fearful that they will not be dry!
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Re: How do you clean your covers?

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Just don't dry them in the dryer, and never wash straps in a machine. (Actually, check with the manufacturer before you wash straps using any method. Different manufacturers have different standards for what is okay and what is not.)
Why can't you dry them in the dryer? Just curious.

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My washing machine is broken so I washed them by hand anyway. I *think* I managed to get the pee smell out. Good to know for the future that people machine wash them.

The problem now is that I washed them yesterday evening. They have been hanging in my bathroom all night and all day and they are no where near dry. I have to go out (with the kids) tomorrow at 9am and I am fearful that they will not be dry!
Do you have a fan that you can set to blow on them?
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