Tuesday, September 30, 2014

How To Get Vomit Smell Out of a Stroller (The Long Way)

I am going to tell you how I got the stench of puke out of my son's Britax B-Agile stroller. It took roughly a week, if I am going to be perfectly honest with you. If anyone promises you a quick and easy vomit smell-removal tactic, they are probably either lying, or do not have very finely tuned olfactory senses. Your first step will obviously be to make sure your child is comfortable, clean, and feeling well, but once that is established, you really need to clean the fabric before the vomit settles into it. This is my "If I had been equipped with better knowledge abridged version":

Day 1:

1. Get gloves

2. Remove all chunks/hunks/liquid from the stroller using a paper towel (so you can throw it away), or even baby wipes, or an absorbent kitchen towel, anything you have on hand.

3. Rinse that sucker down. If you can hose it off in the yard, I would do that, if not, you can soak a kitchen towel in water, wring it out, and wipe your stroller down as much as you can. Repeat as many times as you feel it is necessary.

4. Scrub your stroller with dish soap and water using a damp kitchen towel. Rinse, rinse, rinse.

5. Spray the entire affected area with a hydrogen peroxide/baking soda mixture (Thank you L-M.G!). Let that sit for a bit, and wipe it down again with a new, clean and dampened kitchen towel.

6. Take an old toothbrush to scrub out the little nooks and crannies the vomit may have gotten into using more of the hydrogen peroxide concoction. (including the buckle, straps, etc)

7. Blot your stroller with a dry towel and let the stroller dry overnight, preferably outside. (if it's not too cold, and in a place it won't get wet)

Day 2:

1. If it still reeks, take a small pray bottle, and fill it with a mixture of half vinegar, half hot water. shake it up and spray it all over the smelly parts. Leave it on or 30 minutes.

2. Rinse with water, blot with a dry towel, and dry in the sun.

Day 3:

My friend T.W., kindly gave me her vomit-removing remedy of using Lusa Baby Wipe Juice! She told me to add a capful to a spray bottle filled with water, shake it up and spray down the stroller. I completely saturated it and let it sit for a few hours, then sprayed it again and wiped it off with a dry cloth, letting it air dry outside, and it worked like a charm! Next I am going to spray it with BuggyLove's Fresh Love organic fabric freshening mist, so that it will smell like rosehip, and we are good to go!

What took me 6 days, can take you only 3. I basically skipped the days where I just uselessly washed it with soap and water or sprayed it down with rubbing alcohol, and let it air dry again and again. Soap and water thoroughly cleans off the germs and bacteria, but the vomit smell really permeates the fabric and stays trapped. It needs to get overtaken with more potent, fragrant stuff.

May you never, ever have to use this Vomit Smell Removal Tutorial, but please pin it/bookmark it just in case!

-Lilibeth the Mommy xoxo

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