How to Clean A Stroller

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Previously on, we shared tips for How to Clean Your Jogging Stroller. But today we are covering how to clean regular ole strollers.

We just got back from a trip to Disney World. My kids are 4 and 7 and thought we should take strollers for them since there is so much walking at Disney World. Was that a good decision? Yes. Do I still have strollers? Um, No.

So, I borrowed a navy blue one from my sister and a brown and pink one from my friend, Megan. Both happened to be Maclaren strollers. Why am I telling you all this? Well, I was in such a rush to get everything together before our trip, I didn’t bother to examine the pink stroller.

Fast forward to Disney World. We were sitting down for a break when I got a good look at the pink stroller canopy…it was dirty. Way dirty.

And I had no idea if we had done that or it was already like that, but what was worse – I didn’t know if I was going to be able to get it cleaned up. I tried a little hand wipe on a test spot. No luck. STRESS! Of course, my spouse is all level headed and said things like, “Can you do anything about it right now? No? Well, then don’t worry about it.” But I worried anyway.

Looked the stroller up online. Holy cannoli – it was a $350 stroller! STRESS! 

Dear Maclaren Stroller-Makers,

Why do you make pale pink canopies? Because when you fold up the stroller, that’s where the dirty wheels go? How about brown. You know, the color of dirt?!?!

Just a suggestion.


(By the way, I know I am dissing the fabric color here, but I should tell you this was my first Maclaren stroller experience and they are awesome. The navy one hid dirt really well. Go for the dark one, People.)

Eventually, I realized the hubs was right and I just had to move on and hope for the best later. After researching this online, I learned that the dirty canopy is a common problem for Maclaren strollers. In a chat room, one lady said she uses Dawn and water on a wash cloth to clean the canopy. DING, DING, DING! Totally worked. Whew!!!

It even worked on the seat of the stroller and the pale gray straps of the stroller, which means I will be trying this on my car seat straps eventually (to be clear this might mean never or when it’s time to sell them because I have 8,000 uncompleted projects underway already).

Anyway, that is your tip of the day…Dawn will help clean your stroller. 

I gotta tell you, Dawn has many uses. Have you used it to clean something?  Do you have any stroller cleaning tips? Have you ever borrowed something and messed it up?

My friend, Megan, would have been cool no matter what, but I was concerned.  But I am glad this one had a happy ending – not that a dirty stroller is a real problem. I know it’s not.

Hope you are having a good one, Friends!


2 Responses to How to Clean A Stroller

  1. Adventure Family In Motion April 15, 2014 at 9:19 am #

    Thank you for this! I searched YouTube & Google looking for something…nothing. So I went to Pinterest and found this! My EXACT problem! I have a hot pink McLaren from a friend of mine with a dirt canopy! Its FIXED now!! 100x better then it was! I used green dawn but it still worked wonders!

    Thank you!!

    • Heather April 15, 2014 at 8:13 pm #

      You are welcome, I am so glad it worked! What are they thinking with that pink canopy?!?! Have a great day -

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