How to Clean a Diaper Bag


Your diaper bag can get stained and dirty through various ways. We all know how important and useful diaper bags are so there is need to keep them clean. The question here is, How do you clean your diaper bag? This article is centered on answering that question.

How to Clean a Diaper Bag

First and foremost is cleaning the exterior of your diaper bag, it is good to know the different types of materials these diaper bags are made of, as the material type determines how a particular diaper bag should be cleaned. Most of the diaper bags available today are likely to be made;

  • Leather
  • Polyester
  • Nylon
  • Canvas

All these different materials have different cleaning methods and there is not really one method of cleaning all of them. We will be looking at the different cleaning methods, but before that, make sure you remove all contents in your bag; Let’s start with the first;

  • Leather

The best and widely known method of cleaning any leather product is by conditioning. Using a leather conditioner on your leather diaper bag will help the revive it back to its true and natural condition. You should try to condition your leather diaper bag whenever it feels try, best it to do it within intervals of months. How do you pick the best leather conditioner to use? it’s easy as there are lots of quality ones available in stores. If you would love to, you can also make a leather conditioner yourself. You need just warm water, few drops of vinegar and a tablespoon of soap. Mix them properly and you have it, use it along with a cloth to wipe your bag clean. After that, make sure you leave it to dry.

  • Polyester

To clean a polyester bag, you should use warm water along with soap or detergent. Just like your clothes, you can either hand wash or you put it in your washing machine, polyester materials are synthetic and usually machine washable. However, it is not advisable to use a machine dryer for drying, you should lay it flat and allow it to air dry.

  • Nylon

Nylon materials are relatively very easy to clean, this is because nylon is a synthetic material. The quickest way to clean leather is to wipe off stains immediately. You can also wash it with mild soap and clean water by dipping a sponge or soft brush into the soapy water and then scrubbing it clean. It would interest you to know that Nylon material is machine washable, so you can just put it in a washing machine if you want.

  • Canvas

Spot cleaning is the best and ideal method for cleaning a canvas diaper bag. You should get a cleaning cloth, dip it in plain warm water – you can add a little detergent if you want to – and then squeeze it to remove excess water from it. Use the cloth to carefully wipe your bag clean, it is easy as that. You can also soak the entire bag into water and hand wash, after that, ensure you rinse and wring it to remove excess water then leave it to dry. .

Now, the next thing to focus on is how to clean the interior of your diaper bag. Not just cleaning it, but how to make sure it stays clean, we will be looking at that. Below listed are some tips that could help make your diaper bag clean.

1. Perform a Shake

Perhaps this will be quicker and more easier. If you want to remove dirt, food crumbs and trash in your diaper bag, performing a shake may do. First you have to remove everything inside the bag, open all zippers and clasps, turn it upside down and give it a thorough shake. That would leave all dirt falling and you have a clean bag again. Probably, you must have  done this before so it should be nothing new.

2. Try a Vacuum Cleaner

Sometimes, preferably once in a while, you may just need the help of a vacuum cleaner to help clean the interior of your diaper bag. Using a vacuum cleaner is a quick and less stressful way of cleaning inside your diaper bag. You just turn it on, and then hold it above your bag and let it do it’s work. The vacuum cleaner will be very effective in removable crumbs and remains especially from snacks. I would say it is an alternative to performing a shake.

3. Use a Damp Cloth and a Dish Soap

You can also use a damp cloth and dish soap or detergent to clean the inside of your bag maybe when there is a stain or something of sort. After mixing your soap or detergent in warm water, take your cloth and dip it inside, squeeze it to remove excess water and then clean the stained area with it, leave it open to dry. If you want to wipe the entire interior this way, you should pull your bag inside out and carefully do that.

4. Try Baking Soda

You may have heard that baking soda acts like some sort of cleanser or disinfectant, well you heard right. To make your bag smelling fresh just like new, you should try baking soda. You can put a small bag of baking soda in your bag or you sprinkle it inside in all compartments and pockets and leave it overnight. What does the baking soda do? It absorbs and neutralizes any odor your bag could have.

5. Try Vinegar

Using Vinegar – White Vinegar to be specific – is another way of cleaning inside your diaper bag. Vinegar being acidic in nature is what makes it a good cleaner. How do you clean your bag with vinegar? It’s simple, just spray the interior with a little of it and allow it to dry. The vinegar smell will evaporate as the bag dries, it serves as a deodorizer and a disinfectant. It’s likely that you already do have a vinegar spray at home, if you do not, you can buy one or better still make one yourself at home.

Tips to keep your Diaper Bag Clean

To ensure that your diaper bag does not get dirty easily and stays clean, you could try the below listed tips;

1. Use a Deodorizing Spray

You can carry a deodorant spray around, inside your diaper bag and occasionally spray your bag with it to keep it smelling fresh. In cases where by there is a milk spill or something of sort while out, you could quickly put the smell out with a deodorant, so, try to carry one around more often.

2. Get an extra bag/box for carrying kids snacks

You could choose to buy a separate bag for carrying your kids snacks. Snack crumbs are what usually makes a mess of any diaper bag and so if carried in another bag, it go a long way in keeping your diaper bag clean. You can buy kids snack bags or boxes in stores or you order them online. They are usually inexpensive and costs only just few dollars. What more, they are small and light weight and so wouldn’t be a burden to carry along with your diaper bag.

3. Get a Mesh Laundry Bag

Mesh laundry bags are ideal for protecting your diaper bag and ensure that it does not easily gets damaged when in the washer. If your diaper bag is machine washable, it would be worth if you could put it in a mesh laundry bag before throwing it inside your washer especially if you are washing it along with other laundries. Your bag needs to be cleaned, but damaging it while cleaning is not something you would like so a mesh laundry bag is recommended.

4. Take your bag off the floor

You hardly seat on the floor, why is that? Because you do not want your clothes to get stained, same goes for your diaper bag. If you keep your diaper bags, you are subjecting it to getting dirty and carrying germs. Keeping your bag on the floor means you do not really care about it, you should ensure you store it properly.

5. Make Sure Your Diaper Bag is well organized

You already know what I mean, everything should be just where it is meant to be, organized. This is a very good way of making sure that you don’t easily dirty your diaper bag. Put everything where it is supposed to be – diaper bags have different pockets and compartments for different purposes – and do not overstock your diaper bag. Your bag is sure to look messy and unkempt when there is a lot of items inside and not well arranged.


Generally in cleaning a diaper bag, it is advisable to first check out the manufacturer’s instructions, that way, you would see the recommended cleaning method. All the same, I hope following the tips and hints contained in this article will help you in cleaning your bag and making sure it stays clean always.


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