How to Deep Clean a Carseat

The other day I had to run out to my car for something and I noticed my son’s disgusting carseat.  That’s when I knew it was time to deep clean it. Today I’m going to show you how to deep clean a carseat.


Here’s What You’ll Need:

ALL Purpose Cleaner

Cleaning Toothbrush

Cleaning Rag

Vacuum Cleaner w/ an Arm

Washing Machine


Laundry Detergent

First you’ll need to remove the cover and shake it out over the garbage can. Pretreat any stains. Throw it in the washer on the Delicate/Gentle cycle using the detergent of your choice.

Next you’ll want to remove any styrofoam you can. Dampen your cloth with an All Purpose Cleaner , wipe the pieces down and set them aside to air dry. (In your brand of car seat you may not be able to remove it any foam. Check your owners manual to make sure. The Evenflo Carseat my son has states, directly on the foam which pieces I can’t remove.)

Then you are going to grab your vacuum and clean out as much debris as you can. With the end of your toothbrush or a  butter knife get into the tiny crevices to remove any junk that that the vacuum may not be able to reach.

Place the carseat on the floor laying front down. Then give it a couple of good shakes. Pick it up and shake it again. If you still hear the sound of crushed up goldfish or bunnies then repeat the previous step.



When you’ve finished that vacuum over the carseat one more time. Then you are going to apply an all purpose cleaner to the cleaning toothbrush and clean the fasteners. Surprisingly the belt straps were that dirty, so I was able to take cleaning cloth with all purpose cleaner and wipe them off.

IMG_0617.JPGNext using the end of your toothbrush/butter knife and wrap the cleaning cloth around it. Then you’ll clean out all of the small little holes. When that’s finished give the entire carseat a good wipe down.

By now the carseat cover should be finished in the washer. So you can throw it in the dryer not on delicate dry heat for about 30-45 minutes.

IMG_0626 Once the cover is dry, reassemble the carseat. There now you have it a clean carseat!


  1. If your child throws up in his or her carseat and gets the non-removable straps covered, take vinegar pour it generously over the straps. Then dust them with baking soda and using a cleaning toothbrush scrub them. Lastly let it dry by the sun. It may smell like vinegar for a while but it will fade. Lets face it anything smells better than vomit.
  2. If you don’t want “wrinkles” in the carseat cover after it comes out of the dryer, you can always place a couple of tennis balls in a sock and throw it in with the cover.

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