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Preparing for Baby Giveaway! Car Seat Prep with The Laundry Tarts

January 4, 2013

We are preparing for baby! Our fabulous sponsor for this post and giveaway is The Laundry Tarts!

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We are nesting big time around here and one thing we know we need to have ready is the car seat! We have an infant car seat that Charlotte used until she grew out of it. That will be the baby’s car seat and he will be coming home from the hospital in it!

As you can probably imagine, it no longer looks new and needs a good cleaning! I thought we would be able to just pop off the cover and throw it in the washer. After removing all the pieces I found the washing instructions that said I was wrong. Well, they didn’t say that exactly but it did say to hand wash/spot clean and hang to dry.  The first thing that came to mind was to spray it out but I didn’t want to use a cleaner that may irritate baby’s skin! After some thought, I decided to try to make my own spray cleaner using The Laundry Tarts detergent! This is what we did:

I used a small 8 oz. spray bottle, added about a teaspoon or so of the laundry powder. Then I added HOT water to make sure I dissolved it thoroughly. Give it a few shakes and viola, Natural, sensitive skin safe, delicate fabric safe and earth friendly spray cleaner!

My "eyeball" measurement.

My “eyeball” measurement.

How to clean any non-machine washable fabric items (car seat covers, upholstery, pillows, furniture etc.)

  1. Use the cleaner we prepared to spray any spots or even the whole item.
  2. If needed, use a small scrub brush (we used a nail brush) to work any embedded grime out of the fabric.
  3. Rinse: We used the diaper sprayer over the bathtub to rinse off the soap. If you are cleaning upholstery or something that can’t make it to the tub you could use a second spray bottle with plain water.
  4. Hang dry or use a dry towel to blot water if cleaning something like car upholstery.


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My overall impression is great! I have also used The Laundry Tarts on Charlotte’s cloth diapers and I really like how well they cleaned and the diapers were rinsed very easily! I also have to say that The Laundry Tarts recommend doing a strip of your diapers before switching to a new detergent! This is very important because there may be some residue from your old detergent in your diapers that may not be great when combined with a new detergent. I had no issues with Charlotte’s diapers!

One winner will get a sampler package of Laundry Tarts detergent! This giveaway will end 1/18 and is open to US/CAN. Use the Rafflecopter form to enter! Good Luck!


47 Comments leave one →
  1. January 5, 2013 8:00 am

    all of them sound good enought to eat! babe loves cocnut so id most likely go for pina colada!

  2. lisa barnes permalink
    January 5, 2013 10:07 am

    any sound good!

  3. Sara Swanson permalink
    January 5, 2013 10:15 am

    Peaches n cream!

  4. nicole lewis permalink
    January 6, 2013 7:06 pm

    i would pick apple pie!

  5. January 7, 2013 11:11 am

    I would love the Birthday Cake scent!

  6. January 9, 2013 7:39 am

    Hmm. I think Strawberry Shortcake sounds great! 🙂

  7. bohohippiemom permalink
    January 9, 2013 7:39 am

    Hmm. I think Strawberry Shortcake sounds great! 🙂 Lori Davis.

  8. Marya Mann permalink
    January 9, 2013 11:37 am

    Birthday cake 🙂

  9. Amanda N. permalink
    January 9, 2013 9:03 pm

    I would choose Birthday Cake.

  10. January 10, 2013 11:55 pm

    I would love to try the Birthday Cake 🙂

  11. January 11, 2013 10:57 am

    I want to try peaches and cream

  12. Rebecca Rushton permalink
    January 11, 2013 12:41 pm

    apple pie

  13. Tannis W permalink
    January 11, 2013 2:26 pm

    I’d like to try the key lime pie

  14. Rachel N permalink
    January 11, 2013 3:34 pm

    I would love to try the birthday cake

  15. Julie Ghrist permalink
    January 11, 2013 5:29 pm

    Strawberry Shortcake!

  16. Claiborne snyder permalink
    January 11, 2013 7:51 pm

    Birthday cake.

  17. Laura permalink
    January 11, 2013 8:13 pm

    Key lime pie!

  18. Lily Ivey permalink
    January 12, 2013 1:46 am

    I would choose Plain Jane.

  19. Heather M permalink
    January 12, 2013 9:38 am

    Strawberry Shortcake or Banana Bread

  20. January 12, 2013 12:21 pm

    I think I would prefer key lime pie. I love citrus scents.

  21. Joanne Gregory permalink
    January 12, 2013 1:00 pm

    Strawberry Shortcake!

  22. Charlotte R permalink
    January 12, 2013 4:36 pm

    Probably would prefer Plain Jane, but maybe could be adventurous and try something scented

  23. Geri Fink permalink
    January 12, 2013 8:50 pm

    I would choose key lime pie

  24. Julie permalink
    January 13, 2013 3:17 am

    Wow! Birthday Cake, Apple Pie, Key Lime? Can I try them all? I’m drooling just thinking about it.

  25. Neva hurlbut permalink
    January 13, 2013 5:26 pm

    Peaches and cream

  26. Rachel permalink
    January 13, 2013 9:05 pm

    I’d like apple pie!

  27. Chelsea O. permalink
    January 13, 2013 10:55 pm

    Key lime pie for sure

  28. January 14, 2013 7:41 am

    I would love to try the Root Beer Float scent!

  29. kim johnson permalink
    January 14, 2013 6:04 pm

    Peaches n cream

  30. Rachel permalink
    January 14, 2013 7:20 pm

    Peaches and Cream sounds good!

  31. Terri Moore permalink
    January 15, 2013 12:57 am

    Key Lime Pie!

  32. January 15, 2013 9:25 am

    i would try the apple pie scent!

  33. January 15, 2013 1:27 pm

    I’d like to try peaches and cream.

  34. January 15, 2013 10:11 pm

    Strawberry shortcake!

  35. jenna b permalink
    January 16, 2013 10:05 am

    key lime pie sounds delic

  36. Erin Mills permalink
    January 18, 2013 9:45 am

    definitely birthday cake 🙂

  37. Rebecca Rushton permalink
    January 18, 2013 10:14 am

    key lime pie

  38. Katie L permalink
    January 18, 2013 10:59 am

    birthday cake

  39. Nicole Sparks permalink
    January 18, 2013 11:43 am

    apple pie

  40. Heather permalink
    January 18, 2013 1:21 pm

    I think I would just do Plain Jane.

  41. Cheyenne P permalink
    January 18, 2013 1:30 pm

    Pina Colada, strawberry shortcake or plain jane I’m thinking…though in all honesty they all sound great!

  42. Candace permalink
    January 18, 2013 2:13 pm

    Wow this is difficult they all sound delish! I would probably choose apple pie 🙂

  43. Breanne Tennant permalink
    January 18, 2013 5:09 pm


  44. January 18, 2013 6:40 pm

    I’d love to try pina colada.

  45. Lindsay permalink
    January 18, 2013 7:21 pm

    Apple pie or plain Jane!!

  46. Flora permalink
    January 18, 2013 7:34 pm

    apple pie sounds great

  47. January 18, 2013 8:55 pm

    Piña colada 🙂

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