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Proper Way to Clean Baby Strollers & Toys

By Diane Lynn ; Updated June 13, 2017

As a parent, you want baby’s environment to be clean and sanitary. According to KidsHealth from Nemours, germs are “...microscopic bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa that can cause disease.” Your child’s stroller and toys have the potential to be germ-breeding grounds. When your child puts a toy in her mouth or drops it on the ground, there is the possibility that germs will be present on the surface. Your child’s stroller may have old food, dirt or grime on the frame and cushion. Keep your child safe by cleaning her stroller and toys regularly.

Cleaning Strollers

  1. Take the stroller outside to thoroughly clean and disinfect the frame and the plastic parts. Remove and set aside any toys, cup holders or snack trays. Read the instruction manual to determine whether the fabric seat cushions are removable. If they are, remove and set aside.

  2. Clean the frame, moving parts and handles with a damp cloth to remove grime. Use a toothbrush to reach the small crevices where food particles and dirt collect. Wipe down cleaned frame with a disinfecting wipe.

  3. Bring the toys, cup holders and snack trays into the house and soak in a sinkful of hot, soapy water. Let them soak for 10 to 15 minutes. Using a soft cloth, scrub all surfaces until clean. Rinse with clean water and air dry.

  4. Clean the fabric seats and other fabric components according to the manufacturer’s directions. If the seat cover is machine washable, wash using the gentle cycle and non-chlorine bleach. If it is not washable, wipe thoroughly with a damp cloth and allow to air dry. Reassemble stroller and store indoors to prevent dirt and mildew from collecting.

Cleaning Toys

  1. Fill a sink with one gallon of warm water and 3/4 cup bleach or a small amount of antibacterial soap. Soak plastic, submersible toys in the sink for ten minutes to kill germs, and then scrub completely. Finish by rinsing thoroughly and allowing them to air dry.

  2. If you have a dishwasher, save time by putting the plastic toys in the top rack of the dishwasher and run the dishwasher on the regular cleaning cycle. Use disinfecting wipes on plastic toys that contain batteries or electronic parts.

  3. Clean stuffed animals carefully. If there are no washing directions on the tag, work baking soda or cornstarch into the fur and put animal in a plastic bag overnight. The next day, remove the stuffed animal from the bag and brush thoroughly. This removes stains and freshens the toy.

  4. If the tag indicates the stuffed animal is washable, place the toy in a pillowcase and wash on the gentle cycle. Tumble dry on low or line dry.

  5. Remove bath toys from the bathtub and inspect for mildew. Bath toys often harbor mildew or get slimy from soap scum if you do not clean them after each bath session. To disinfect and clean the toys, fill your kitchen sink with warm water and 3/4 cup of bleach. Scrub the toys thoroughly with a brush or rag, rinse with clean water and allow to dry.

  6. Tip

    Clean toys weekly if your baby puts toys in her mouth.

    Do not let your child play with toys that fall on the floor in public places.

    If your child is sick, clean his toys more frequently to prevent the spread of germs.

    Promptly wipe any spills that occur in your child’s stroller.


    Keep bleach and other cleaning products out of the reach of children. Always follow the manufacturer’s cleaning recommendations.

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