How Do You Disinfect a Changing Table?

Diapering babies can be a complex endeavor. Their fidgety fingers will grasp at anything that comes within reach and pull, creating quite the challenge when trying to change a diaper.

Cleaning and sanitizing the changing station regularly is essential to prevent bacteria and germs from spreading, so use mild detergents and disinfectants that are safe for infants when cleaning and sanitizing it.

Establishing a maintenance schedule will help to ensure that restrooms and changing stations are thoroughly sanitized multiple times each day.

Disinfecting Wipes

While changing a baby, it can be easy to forget the germ-filled environment you’re operating in. Luckily, there are numerous steps you can take to ensure the hygienic use of their changing table – both at home and while traveling – such as using cleaning products designed specifically to eradicate bacteria on surfaces.

Disinfectant wipes are often the fastest and simplest way to quickly disinfect a changing station. Available in various sizes and thicknesses, some even feature antibacterial properties. They should only be used on hard, nonporous surfaces, typically staying wet for at least four minutes for effective microorganism kill off.

When using a wipe, always follow the product’s instructions and safety information for proper usage and handling. Many require that gloves are worn when handling harsh chemicals to protect the hands from harsh substances. Depending on what surface type is being cleaned, visible gunk and dirt may have to be cleared away before disinfecting occurs.

If your child gets fidgety during diapering, having distractions on hand can help keep them calm and quiet, making diapering simpler for both of you. A favorite toy on the changing pad can keep them entertained while you do the diapering process; hanging a mobile overhead can provide even more distraction!

Making cleaning and sanitizing your changing table simpler, using disposable changing pads can also make life simpler. They have absorbent layers designed to soak up any mess, and after each use can simply be thrown away. Furthermore, keeping all changing supplies organized helps prevent contamination: keeping diapers, wipes and creams organized will make finding what you need much simpler.

If your changing pad is dirty, simply follow the manufacturer’s washing instructions to clean it with water. For deeper cleaning needs, an EPA-registered disinfectant such as Magico or Millennium Q can also provide effective results; always read product directions and warnings prior to using. As some solutions can damage certain types of plastic or vinyl.

All-Purpose Cleaner

Baby changing pads require a powerful cleaning solution that can quickly be deployed if a diaper change goes awry. An all-purpose cleaner designed specifically for nonporous surfaces will quickly ensure that your changing table remains germ-free (providing you follow manufacturer instructions and give the product enough time to work its magic).

Keep a bottle of this handy cleaning spray handy so that when dealing with messy situations such as drool, spilled milk or poop you can move on more quickly to the next diaper change with less cleanup needed.

An all-purpose cleaner that works quickly can also be ideal for disinfecting changing tables in public playgrounds and restaurants, where bacteria can rapidly proliferate and cause food poisoning or other infections. When disinfecting the table, use its spray to wipe down all touchable areas – including its handle, sides of pad, safety straps or liners – before wiping everything down with clean cloths or sponges.

pH neutral all-purpose cleaners are generally safe to use on most surfaces, from wood and glass to chrome and plastics. When shopping for changing pad cleaners or any chemicals used to clean other areas that will come in contact with these chemicals, always read and follow any care label recommendations to make sure they’re compatible with each surface; chrome for instance can often be sensitive to acidic cleaners which could damage its surface over time or accelerate premature wear and tear.

Also make sure to stock up on hand soap; something moisturizing yet antibacterial will keep your hands fresh while you clean the changing station.

Traveling with a portable changing pad means cleaning it more frequently than a stationary one at home. While you should know when the last time was, just to be safe always bring along a pack of disinfectant wipes with you so you can give the changing pad a quick wipe down before placing your child on it and folding and storing in your diaper bag afterwards.

Disinfectant Spray

As one of the quickest and easiest ways to ensure a changing table or baby mat is clean, disinfectant spray is an invaluable way to quickly kill germs on toys or surfaces that come into contact with baby. When using disinfectant spray it’s essential that the appropriate amount is used and left for 30-60 seconds in order to be effective; for optimal results wait at least five minutes between using it and leaving it on surfaces that come into contact with it.

As babies are being changed, germs can spread easily from hands to diaper pads or other objects on a changing table, necessitating frequent cleaning and sanitation of all surfaces in their vicinity – including cloth or disposable changing pads that must be regularly sanitized to stop germs from multiplying. To protect a baby’s wellbeing during changes, regular hand wipe sanitization and changing pad sanitization must occur regularly in order to keep germs at bay.

Cleaning & Maintenance Management conducted a study that revealed babies’ changing stations are home to filth and germs that can contaminate sensitive skin areas as well as eyes and nose.

Pluie baby changing pads provide an effective means of cleaning and disinfecting, such as machine washing with soapy water or using commercial all-purpose cleaner. Also consider including antibacterial hand soap to your routine to help limit germ spread.

Distractions can help keep a fussy baby still and quiet during a diaper change. Keep some toys nearby that can distract their attention while at the same time being regularly washed or disinfected to reduce germs.

To ensure the safest experience for your baby when using a changing table, always wear a safety belt when lifting him or her off of the changing pad, and wipe down all nearby surface areas such as baby seat, wall and any objects present in the room. Consider using nontoxic disinfectants such as diluted vinegar when cleaning the changing table itself.


Vinegar’s acidic properties make it effective at dissolving oil and soap buildup, along with stain and germ accumulations, as well as acting as an antiseptic against microorganisms such as bacteria. Furthermore, most types of vinegar contain an acetic acid component that alters some organisms’ structures so they’re no longer capable of reproducing.

Although its composition varies, vinegar typically contains four percent acetic acid. It is widely used as an ingredient in food preparation and can often be found in most households’ pantries; alone or combined with other ingredients it can be used to clean a wide range of surfaces and objects; for instance, mixing equal parts vinegar and water makes an effective all-purpose cleaner that can be used on floors, sinks, windows, walls cupboards etc throughout your home; fabric softener/rinse aid for washing machines as well as polish chrome faucets/rinse aid for chrome faucets!

Vinegar is widely used both as a natural preservative and in food preparation. Its first recorded usage dates back to 5000 BCE among Babylonians, Egyptians and Romans; often serving to balance out creamy or fatty dishes or prevent spoilage after having been left out for extended periods.

According to its type and style of production, vinegar comes in various shades and aromas. Commercial vinegar is typically pasteurized to eliminate any bacterial cultures that might form; however, some fermentation methods involve placing fermented vinegars in glass jars with yeast-acetic acid bacteria cultures called mother of vinegar that provide distinct tangy flavors that many enjoy.

Though vinegar is an inexpensive cleaning tool, undiluted white vinegar should never be used undiluted for cleaning purposes as this may damage some stone and wood surfaces such as granite and marble countertops and unsealed wooden floors. Furthermore, undiluted vinegar has also been known to discolor certain plastics – including those found on baby toys – leaving behind lasting discolorations marks on certain glossy plastic surfaces.