How to Clean a Pack N Play in Three Easy and Effective Ways

When it comes to our kids, we will do everything humanly possible to keep them safe and healthy at all times. That’s why we regularly visit the doctor, give them the necessary vaccines and provide them with the healthiest and nutritious foods possible. But did you stop and think about how to clean a pack n play? Did you know that one of the dirtiest things in your house is the pack N play?

That’s true! It’s because that’s where your baby sleep, eat, play and sometimes pee and poop. To ensure the health and safety of your baby, it is a must that you learn how to properly clean a pack n play. Here is a simple guide.

Baby sleep in pack n play

What You Will Need

The cleaning process of a pack n play can be done in three ways. For these techniques, here are the items that you will need:

Normal Procedure

Bath Tub Option

Soaking Method

  • Can or bucket (whichever is available)
  • Detergent
  • Water
  • Sponge
  • Hand Shower
  • Bath Tub
  • Basic H2
  • Hot water
  • Oregano Oil
  • Cloth Towel
  • Hair dryer
  • ¼ cup of baking soda
  • Detergent
  • Bath Tub
  • Few Drops of Vinegar

The Step-by-Step Guide on How to Clean a Pack n Play

You have already have everything you need, let us get started in the process!

Step 1. Check parts.

The cleaning time is also the perfect time for you to check your pack n play for any worn out parts, torn stitching or signs of wear and tear. If you find any parts that need replacement or restoration, repair it right away.

Step 2. Remove sand first. (Pack n play was used on the beach)

You have used the pack n play to the beach, it is imperative that you get rid of sand in the pack n play first before you start the cleaning process.

Pro Tip: You should clear sand off the playard before packing it before you leave the beach because sand may cause damage to the best rail lock.

Step 3. Disassemble the playpen.

Watch this video for tutorial:

For the basic pack n play, the only thing that you have to remove is the mattress. Or if you are using the pack n play with napper, changer, and bassinet, remove all extra parts and the mattress before you start cleaning the pen.

Step 4. Wash the playpen.

Now, let’s go to the most important stuff. There are three techniques on how you can do this. Here they are:

Technique #1: The Normal Procedure

If you wish to clean pack n play with no muss and no fuss, this is the simplest way to do so! This is best done outdoors or in your garage.

  • Step 1. Fill your container with warm water and add sufficient amount of detergent. Mix it well.
  • Step 2. Dip your sponge into it.
  • Step 3. Start wiping the top portion of the playard.
Wiping the top portion of the playard


  • Step 4. Clean the netting as gentle as you can.
Clean the netting


Pro Tip: Protect your netting from possible damage by placing one hand on the back of the net to give it support as you scrub it.

  • Step 5. Once you are done with the netting, proceed on scrubbing the bottom part of the playard.
  • Step 6. Using hand shower, rinse off the detergent.
  • Step 7. Wipe it using a dry towel and allow it air dry.

Technique #2: The Bath Tub Option

This technique is the most efficient method of removing dirt and dust from your pack n play.

Clean Your Pack 'n Play


  • Step 1. Fill the tub with hot water and add enough amount of basic H2 that will produce a soap foam. Add a few drops of oregano oil (for sanitizing purposes). Mix it by running your hand in the water.
  • Step 2. Fold your playpen and immerse it in the tub with water and washing mixture. Get a cloth and wipe the different parts of the playpen. Dip the cloth from the mixture in the tub from time to time.
  • Step 3. Remove playpen from the tub (you will see all the dirt from the playpen in water in the tub!). Rinse it with water using a hand shower.
  • Step 4. Place it in a cloth towel to allow it to dry.

Pro Tip: If you are in a hurry, you can try drying it using a hair dryer.

Technique #3: The Soaking Method

This method is almost the same with the second technique. This option is recommended if you do not have a basic H2 or oregano oil at home.

Please watch this video for the tutorial:

  • Step 1. Fill the tub with hot water and add a bit of detergent, a few drops of vinegar and ¼ cup of baking soda. Mix by running your hand in the water.
  • Step 2. Soak the playpen in the tub for thirty minutes.
  • Step 3. Flip the playpen and soak it for another 30 minutes.
  • Step 4. Rinse using hand shower.
  • Step 5. Let it dry.

Step 5. Clean the napper and changer.

Clean the changer using soap and water then allow it to drip dry.

Clean the napper and changer

On the other hand, machine wash (with no bleach!) the napper in cold water on delicate cycle mode. Let it drip dry too.

Step 6. Wash the pack n play mattress.

Remove the cover. You can machine wash it separately. Scrub the mattress with a soapy cloth. Rinse it off using hand shower and let it dry under the sun.

Step 7. Handwash the bassinet.

Handwash bassinet using tepid water and detergent. Drip dry it out.

Step 8. Clean the carry bag.

You can hand wash the carry bag, or you can machine wash it on delicate cycle in cool water with no bleach. Again, drip dry it.

Pro Tip: If you wish to make sure that your pack n play is clean and safe for your baby, it is recommended that you clean or wipe it on a weekly basis. Do deep cleaning every two weeks or once a month, depending on how many hours your baby spend on the playard.


How clean is your pack n play? Keep in mind that your kid spends most of his time there so to make sure that your baby is safe from possible infection, it is a must that you learn how to clean a pack n play the right way.

We hope that the simple cleaning guide that I have provided can help you to keep your pack n play clean at all times so you can protect your baby from harm. Did you enjoy the tutorial? I hope you did!

If ever you have some tips to share or questions to ask, you can write them in the comments section! I would gladly entertain your questions there! If you have found this article useful, please do share it! Other moms may benefit from it too!

Josephine Lesley

Hi! I am Josephine G Lesley. I love children! In fact, I am an obstetric nurse and my passion is to ensure that each and every child on my watch will receive the proper care and utmost love that they deserve. I treat each child that I meet as my own and I am happy to be always surrounded with cute and loving children not just at work but also at home. I am actually a mom to a 4-year-old child and I am preparing to welcome another child soon! Because of my work and my family life, I believe that I have gained some amazing insights on child care and rearing and I want to share with you all of my knowledge through this blog. I am doing this in the hopes that I can be able to help other people in their motherhood journey! I hope you will enjoy reading my blog as I enjoyed writing it for you!

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