One of my worst nightmares came true. After feeding my toddler spinach pie for lunch, I took her for a stroll to the supermarket in her brand new Quinny stroller. Once we entered the supermarket my toddler started coughing and had that familiar panicked look in her eye. I was too familiar with this “look.” It happens in the car more often than I would like. That look she gets right before she is about to bring up all her lunch. I’ll leave out the details, but there wasn’t a spot on her stroller that was spinach-less. I ran over to the deli counter and asked them for a paper towel, and the man at the counter told me he didn’t have any. How’s that for warm NY hospitality!? Another mom near the counter offered help and when he realized why I asked him for a paper towel, he passed me two sheets of paper towel- you know, the ones he didn’t have 5 seconds ago. As you can imagine, no amount of paper towels would have been adequate to thoroughly clean the stroller AND my toddler. I ran home with my stinky toddler and stroller and probably sobbed the entire way, knowing what lied ahead of me.
I had never cleaned any of her strollers before. As a matter of fact, her old one which had to be replaced smelled of spoiled milk when I couldn’t clean the fabric when she spilled her entire bottle. There are strollers out there with removable, washable fabric. and this wasn’t one of them. Now, I had a brand new stroller that wreaked of vomit, didn’t have a removable seat, and as far as I could tell, there was no salvaging this one. I tried to clean as much as I could with damp cloths. I didn’t want to use harsh chemicals because I didn’t know how that would impact the fabric, plus I didn’t want my toddler to lay down on chemicals that couldn’t properly be washed off.
Even after cleaning as best as I could, the smell of vomit was still present. I left the stroller in the hallway, not really knowing the next steps to take. A few weeks later, I was contacted by the people over at BuggyLOVE to review their line of stroller cleaners. They must really be the stroller cleaning fairies because how did they know I needed this stuff?!? I had never even heard of them! When my package arrived, I was very excited to get to work, or rather, have my hubby start cleaning! I couldn’t tolerate the stench anymore and he does much better in stinky situations!
Included in BuggyLOVE are 4 organic cleaning solutions for various needs. I like to think of it as Armorall for your stroller! The first item we used was FabricLOVE which combats stains such as formula and milk, but I will tell you it works on vomit as well! The pleasant citrus scent neutralizes odors, leaving you with fresh smelling fabric.
PolishLOVE is perfect for getting rid of crusty dirt (or caked on vomit) from the frame of the stroller and the wheels. Your stroller will look brand new and polished! WheelLOVE is a stroller wheel lube that I haven’t had to use yet since this stroller is new, but it is a great addition to the package! The final touch on cleaning up the stroller was the FreshLOVE which is an all over fabric refresher. After a good cleaning, we let the stroller air dry for a day and I was amazed that the next morning, the smell of vomit was GONE. Also note, I didn’t clean the stroller with BuggyLOVE immediately after the incident, I did try to clean up as much as I could, but BuggyLOVE was able to get ride of the residual stains and gunk that sat on the stroller for at least a few weeks.
I was happy to see that BuggyLOVE is available at BuyBuyBaby, and you can click here to check out other retailers near you! You can connect with BuggyLOVE on Facebook and Twitter to stay updated on their latest news and promotions. I highly recommend always having a box of BuggyLOVE in your home if you have a stroller, plus this would make an awesome baby shower gift for the expecting mom!
Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and honest.