How to Clean Baby Strollers (and a Mockingbird Stroller)? Best 2022 Tips

Strollers are an essential part of your everyday life. They are ideal for taking your little ones out, regardless of the weather conditions.

However, your stroller will get dirty, so proper maintenance is crucial to preserve its quality.

You might be wondering: How to clean baby strollers?

Here you can learn the quickest tips & tricks when cleaning strollers and why adequate support prolongs their lifespan.


Cleaning a stroller might not be on your to-do list. Many parents think it's another tiring chore. But, cleaning is necessary for more extended use. Read below for more information.

Take away key points:

  • You can clean strollers either by removing or not removing their parts
  • Use mild detergents instead of harsh elements, as harsh chemicals can damage your child and buggy
  • Check the instructions on how to best clean your pushchair
  • Apply additional tricks to preserve the stroller's life and quality

Why should you clean a stroller?

A baby has a weaker immune system than an adult. Therefore, ensuring they come into contact with only clean objects is imperative. Since most parents use a stroller regularly, keeping it clean is mandatory.

How often should you clean a stroller?

You should clean the stroller at least once a week to preserve its quality. The longer you leave the buggy dirty, the harder it is for you to clean the entire stroller later.

Of course, you don't have to clean all parts thoroughly. Take off small things first - brush dirt or mud off the wheels. Wipe off your child's sticky mess and remove crumbs from the cloth. Doing regular cleaning will reduce detailed cleaning procedures.

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How to clean the entire stroller? A step-by-step procedure

If you're uncertain where to start and how to maintain your stroller correctly, refer to the guide below. We discuss each part of the buggy individually.

1. The fabric area

To clean the fabric area adequately, here are the cleaning products you need to use:

  • A soft fabric brush or toothbrush
  • A vacuum cleaner
  • Clean, soft clothes. It would be best to use microfiber cloths
  • Baby-safe soap
  • Lukewarm water
  • Baby-safe wet wipes for disinfection

Dealing with mold and mildew

Mold and mildew attack your pushchair if you don't use it regularly or during adverse weather conditions. Follow the steps below to remove mold and mildew from your stroller.

Step 1: Ventilation

Ensure you clean a stroller outside and wear a mask to avoid inhaling spores.

Step 2: Brushing

Use a stiff bristle brush to brush the mold away. Wet the area with lemon juice and sprinkle it with salt for mold and mildew.

In a spray bottle, you can mix three parts white vinegar with two parts water. Spray the entire area, and wash the stroller with soap afterward.

You can also mix water and non-chlorine bleach to remove mold. Mix ¼ of water with two tablespoons of bleach as the recommended ratio.

However, bleach is not safe for pushchairs and babies. To avoid further complications, read the instructions on the bottle before use, and always cover the exposed skin parts before you start cleaning.

If you don't need to clean a moldy area, you can skip the steps and focus on the cleaning method.

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Cleaning method

Step 1: Reading the manufacturer's instructions

Read the stroller's manual to know how to clean your particular stroller. A pushchair is made of multiple materials, and some might need special care. These might be water-repellent or flame-retardant materials.

You might place the fabric in the washing machine for the washing process. Other materials might require cleaning on the stroller frame. So, stick to the rules to avoid accidents.

Step 2: Vacuum cleaning

Attach a flexible hose to suck up all debris and crumbs. Be careful with the hard-to-reach areas - where the stroller seat meets the rear part and seams. If you have had to remove mildew and mold, throw away the vacuum cleaner bag.

Step 3: Preparing the soap

Mix warm water and soap to clean the item. Don't make too many suds, as they may be hard to remove later.

Step 4: Clean the fabric

Dip the cloth into the mixture, then wring out the excess soapy water. Clean the stroller fabric gently. Pay particular attention to stains. You can use a stain-removing spray, soft fabric brush, or toothbrush for removal.

Step 5: Rinsing & wiping

Rinse the cloth in clean water, or change it with a new one. Remove excess soap or other items from the fabric by wiping it over gently.

Step 6: Disinfecting

Use disinfectant baby wipes to leave the buggy smelling fresh and germ-free.

Step 7: Drying

Place the stroller outside under the direct sun, and let it air dry completely. If you still need another clean, repeat all the steps.

2. Cleaning the stroller frame

Before cleaning the frame, remove stroller accessories (cup holders, bumper bars, food trays). You can hand-wash them once you tend the pushchair. You need the following products:

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  • Warm water
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Soft cloth
  • Soft scrubbing brush or toothbrush
  • Sponge with a scourer
  • Disinfectant wipes

Step 1: Preparing soap and water

Mix the warm water and soap, but don't make the mixture too sudsy. Dip the sponge into the mixture and rinse excess water.

Step 2: Deep clean

Clean the frame and plastic pieces with the sponge, removing marks, dirt, or stains. Focus on the handle and ensure to reach all inaccessible parts. Apply a scrubbing brush or a toothbrush to remove dirt and debris from all hard-to-reach areas. Use a scourer and gently scrub all persistent marks and similar stains from the frame.

Step 3: Rising & wiping

Rinse a cloth in the water, or use a new one. Also, wipe away soap residue.

Step 4: Disinfection

Apply disinfectant baby wipes over the frame to eliminate loose dirt and lurking germs.

Step 5: Drying stroller

Place the pushchair outside to dry all hard parts - metal and plastic parts. You can air dry the frame under the direct sun to speed up the procedure.

3. Cleaning stroller wheels

Wheels will inevitably get dirty. You don't have to clean them after each stroll; however, you should examine them regularly. Bits of glass or small stones can get embedded in wheels, especially in the brake area, affecting the stroller's movement. Here's what you need:

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  • Warm water
  • Gentle disinfectant
  • Small brush
  • Dishwasher soap
  • WD-40 or manufacturer's recommended lubricant 

Step 1: Inspecting the wheel system

Examine if you can remove the wheels before cleaning the pushchair. Most wheel systems have specific mechanisms to release them from the chassis. Releasing them makes the cleaning process quicker.

Step 2: Removing larger parts

Remove sand and dirt from the rims and tires via a small brush.

Step 3: Scrub the wheel system

Apply warm, soapy water to remove the dirt and scrub the wheels. Keep scrubbing with the brush and hot water to remove persistent dirt.

Step 4: Rinsing

Rinse off all excess soap with a dry towel. Apply a hose for the best results, and use any water source.

Step 5: Disinfecting

Use a gentle disinfectant to wipe the wheels.

Step 6: Drying

Place the wheels in the sun to fully air dry.

Step 7: Examining & re-attaching

Check the tires for wear and tear before you reinstall the stroller. Check the air pressure if the tires are pneumatic. Examine holes and other issues that will prevent them from working correctly.

Examine the brake system to ensure it won't endanger your child's safety. Brush away any dirt or debris. Test both wheels and brakes. Apply a lubricant if you notice squeaking or if the movement is too fluid.

4. Cleaning the stroller accessories

Do not exclude the accessories, although they're not part of the leading construction. You can wash them either in the washing machine or dishwasher. Read the instruction manual before the washing process.

When a washing machine is not recommended, hand-wash the accessories in soapy water with a soft towel or wipes for a complete process (cup holders, for instance.). In addition, stroller parts such as sunshade, stroller canopy, hood, and other factors can be washed as other fabric pieces.

Clean the storage basket under the stroller seat as well. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove debris and dust caught up inside. However, return to the instructions to see how to kill stubborn stains and know if they're machine washable or hand washable only.

Best tricks for effortless cleaning

Below you can find additional cleaning steps to clean and maintain your stroller quickly:

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  • Reassembling the fabric - when removing the fabric for cleaning, it can be pretty challenging to attach it back to the frame when dry. Re-attach it to the edge while it's damp and let it air dry on the construction.
  • Avoid chemicals - chlorine bleach and other harsh chemicals can damage stroller parts and are not safe for a child. Avoid them if possible to prolong the stroller's lifespan. Use lemon juice, coconut oil, and similar gentle detergents to scrub the seat, canopy, and identical fabric parts.
  • Spot tests - when cleaning the seat fabric or similar parts, do a quick spot test with soap to see whether it affects the fabric's color.
  • Storage options - ensure it's dry before you fold up your buggy and store it away. Any wet storage will encourage the growth of rust or mold. Instead, fold the stroller with utility hooks and store it in a dry room.
  • Cover the stroller to prevent dust - use a dust cover to prolong its life and prevent exposure to sunlight before you store the stroller away. You will also protect the canopy, plastic attachments, and the seat from the sun.


How do you sanitize a stroller?

You can use water and gentle soap to spot-clean the fabric of the basket. If a stroller has removable fabric or cover, soak or rinse in cold water to scrub stains. Finally, air dry and sanitize it with a disinfectant spray.

How do you clean a stroller without taking it apart?

Follow the steps below:

- Disassemble the fabric 

- Brush away debris

- Vacuum all loose dirt 

- Clean the seat and canopy in the machine if they're detachable

- Hand-clean the seat and canopy if they're not detachable

- Use water and soap to rub the foam handlebar 

- Hose down the canopy and seat

- Use a small bush to treat spots

- Scrub away mold and mildew

- Air dry the wholesome construction

Can you machine wash strollers?

Yes, you can machine wash strollers if the seats and canopies are removable and the instructions allow it.

How do you get the urine smell out of a stroller?

Mix three tablespoons of baking soda, a cup of peroxide, three tablespoons of baking soda, and a couple of drops of dish detergent. Spray the tough spot, allow it to dry for twenty minutes, and rub the area until you kill the odor.

How to clean the Mockingbird stroller?

You can wipe clean with mild detergent and a damp cloth, as the materials are spill-proof. Also, use a seat liner for a deeper clean. You can machine-wash it multiple times.


Busy parents don't have much time to clean the baby stroller perfectly. However, regular maintenance can prolong its lifespan and ensure good quality for your child.

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Kathy Warner

Kathy is a busy mother of two and a CPS technician for more than eight years. Her mission is to awaken parents to the importance of child passenger safety and show them the right practice. You can read more about her here

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