Cinderella Time! Deep Cleaning the Playpen and a Huge Mommy Fail!

For the longest time I have been searching for a way to clean my sons playpen. He uses it all the time and its been through some rough times at this point. I was so excited to find a DIY recipe that works wonders!! It took all the nasty pee and milk smell away as well as most of the dingy brown discoloration. (TMI, I know!) If you decide to use this recipe do not make the mistake of thinking you can soak the play mat insert as well… trust me I made this mistake and even though I worked diligently to dry it the board turned to mush! This recipe works well for cleaning high chair covers and strollers as well. Okay lets get started!

What You Will Need:

  • 1/4 cup of baking soda
  • 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • and half a cap of laundry detergent of your choice ( whatever you use at home or baby detergent will work best)



First you are going to want to fill your bathtub up with the hottest water possible and then add in all your ingredients to the water. place your playpen into the tub and let it soak for about 30 minutes. Again do not put your playpen mat insert into the water to soak! while your playpen is soaking, fill up a spray bottle or soak a wash cloth in the bathtub mixture. use this to clean your playpen mat so that it does not become ruined by the water. After 30 minutes passes flip your playpen over so that the other side can soak for another 30 minutes. By now the water in the tub is probably pretty dirty, that means its working!! Now its time to drain your tub and rinse your playpen. If your shower head disconnect you can spray directly all over your play pen until it is thoroughly rinsed; you could also take it out to your yard and rinse it with your hose, or use a large pitcher like I did to rinse it. You will want to lightly rinse your playpen mat insert as well with a clean rag and a spray bottle of clean water. Now set it out to dry! you will definitely want to do this on a nice hot or non rainy day. Once its dry its time to bring it on in, and that’s it! You go Cinderella! If you have tried this or something similar, go ahead and leave a comment down below and let us know how it worked for you. If you have any handy DIY cleaning tricks let me know, and don’t forget to like and subscribe so you don’t miss a thing!


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