Anyway, though I love my Petunia Picklebottom, I don’t quite understand why someone would be so silly as to design a baby product to be dry clean only.
I have to admit that I used my diaper bag for about 8 months before I really needed to clean it. One night I took it out to dinner and spilled some red wine on it. I took it home, sprayed it with OxiClean, let it sit overnight and then wiped it with a wet cloth. That did the trick.
But a few months later, I noticed it was looking sort of dingy overall, so I did some research online about cleaning it. There were so many stories I read in which people had taken their Petunia Picklebottom to the drycleaner and were either turned away (there’s apparently something tricky about cleaning the type of fabric) or unhappy about the results. I also found some accounts of people successfully washing their bags at home, so I decided to combine a few of the methods I read and try it myself. I’m happy to report that there’s no need to splurge on dry-cleaning for your Petunia Picklebottom!
Here’s how I did it:
* Empty the bag completely. (Turn it inside-out to make sure all crumbs are out.)
* Remove the straps
* Put the bag in the washing machine in a lingerie bag. Put the straps in the washer separately.
* Use a mild detergent and wash the bag on the gentle cycle.
* Once the wash is through, remove the bag. Hang the straps to dry.
* Take two large towels and roll them. Stuff them in the diaper bag to fill it out and ensure it keeps its “boxy” shape for drying.
* Leave the bag somewhere safe where it can dry. It took mine about two days to dry thoroughly.
* Re-attach the straps.
That’s it! As you can see above, my Petunia Picklebottom looks almost as good as new. No dry-cleaning needed!
I should mention that Petunia Picklebottom does use a variety of fabrics, and I’m not sure if this will work on all of them. Mine is sort of a tapestry fabric. It’s the Bordeaux boxy backpack model.