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Removing smell from carseat straps??
jojobear99 wrote in parenting101
Earlier this week my son puked all over his carseat. The seat pad is machine washable, so no problem getting the smell out of that...but what can I do to get the smell out of the straps?!?

The care directions in the carseat manual say you shouldn't submerse the straps, just spot clean with mild soap (I tried some method hand soap), but that did not get the smell out at all. Is there anything else I can do to remove the smell without compromising the integrity of the straps? Vinegar? Baking soda? Febreze? Something else? The straps on his carseat do not appear to be a replaceable component on his carseat model (Evenflo symphony 65...disappointing but not surprising consider the unusual threading path and retractors might be a little too complicated for the "average" consumer to re-thread correctly). It's been an expensive month for us already, so my husband is not keen on spending money on replacing the entire "still working" carseat...so am I just going to be stuck with a stinky carseat till he outgrows it? Or is there some other safe way to deodorize?

I've had good luck with Febreeze. When I had to spray my 23 month old's seat down this past Summer, I just cracked a window to air it out after I febreezed it, otherwise you get a concentrated Febreeze smell when you open the doors (found out the hard way when DS 1 did something similar before my second was born)

Might want to try a pet-odor/stain remover - a friend told me that worked on her straps after a puking incident!

Nature's Miracle is my product of choice. If it can handle cat urine, it will handle any puke.

Me, too! I used the "special cat pee" formula, and it took the baby pike smell right out.

I agree with using an enzymatic cleaner, but airing out is good in combination with any method. Let it sit in the garage or on a porch, for a bit.

Call Evenflo and ask what they suggest, they've got great customer service.

Agreed. I've had great experiences with Evenflo CS. It's worth a call.

Kids n Pets is my personal fave for all things puke related. I've used it in car seats successfully.

Did you try the vinegar and baking soda yet? It's my go-to with all things of this nature and I haven't been disappointed yet!

When my son did this, I scrubbed the straps with a toothbrush and set it in the sun.

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