How to Wash Halo Bassinest? – A Simple Guide

Don’t know exactly how to clean your HALO® Bassinest®? You’ve come to the right place!

Your baby will spend a lot of time in his halo bassinest and he / she will be born until he / she is about 15 months old. Therefore, it is very important to keep your baby’s halo bassinest clean at all times to keep your baby safe from germs and dust.

I may not be the expert in cleaning them Bassinests, but I am proud to say that I have a fair share of experience in using and washing them.

No, I didn’t ask for any professional help, in case you’re wondering. I did everything by myself (and they’re pretty easy!)

So lemme tell you some of the things I did to clean HALO® Bassinest®–from the sheet, mattress, to the mesh–using only the items you can find at home.

1. How to Clean the Sheet

The sheet on the Bassinest® is pretty easy to clean. It just depends on how dirty it is.

But don’t worry, it’s detachable so any dirt or stain can be removed.

What you need:

  • a tub of warm water (deep enough for soaking)
  • hypoallergenic detergent
  • washing machine (optional)


There are two ways you can clean the sheet. One, you can machine wash it as usual or hand wash it for a thorough cleaning.

But since the sheet is almost always the surface that touches our baby, it’s also the part that gets all the dirt, pee, and others.

Hence, to ensure thorough cleaning, I suggest soaking it first for a few minutes before washing. This is to make sure stains–even the stubborn ones–are eliminated.

You may use 40% to 70% alcohol to the last rinse to disinfect it. Or you may simply spray it on the surface before drying.


Do not use any harsh or abrasive materials. Do not use strong bleach even when there’s a stubborn stain. These may irritate your baby’s skin and cause dermatitis. Also, the sheet materials may be damaged when bleach is used.

What to do with stubborn stains?

Stains that has sat for a while may take longer to remove. If soaking it in warm water and detergent doesn’t work, here are some things you can do:

a. For food stains:

While the sheet is dry, apply a liquid laundry detergent on the stain. Then soak it in cold water for at least 15  minutes.

If the stain remains, use half water/half part white vinegar instead of pure water. Soak the sheet for at least 15 minutes too.

b. For milk stains:

White vinegar is not advisable for milk stains–even the ones on your baby’s clothes–because they will turn brown. Trust me on this. I ruined quite a few of my baby’s white clothes because of it.

Instead, you can use any baby-friendly powdered soaking solution mixed with cold water. Soak the Bassinest® sheet for at least 15 minutes.

If you’re using formula milk, it’s advisable to rub the stained area with wet cloth with a liquid laundry detergent poured into it.

c. For oil and cream stains:

Before soaking or washing the sheet with oil or cream stains, scrape them off first. Next, sprinkle baby powder to absorb the oil. Let it sit for ten minutes then wash or soak as usual. The white vinegar mixture is safe for this one.

d. For poop and pee stains:

If there’s poop, you have to scrape it off the surface first before washing or soaking. A mixture of powdered soaking solution or laundry detergent mixed with water will do.

After soaking, wash as usual.

2. How to Clean the Mattress

The mattress is a bit tricky to clean because it is not machine washable. But just because it’s tricky doesn’t mean it’s impossible.

You just have to find out the best method below that will work for you. Note that these are not the only ones. There may be more, but these are what I tried and worked.

Also note:

When the Bassinest® mattress is stained, you have to get rid of it immediately. You don’t want the stain to be sitting for so long or it could be permanent.

Method 1:

What you need:

  • damp cloth
  • mild cleaning solution
  • wet cloth


Pour some mild cleaning solution on the damp cloth and wipe the mattress clean. For stains, you have to rub them with more pressure to remove them.

Wipe it clean with a wet cloth then allow it to dry completely before using the mattress again. Air drying, sun drying, or steam drying all work.

Method 2:

What you need:

  • tea tree oil
  • water spray
  • cotton
  • wet cloth


Dilute the tea tree oil in water. Spray some on a small ball of cotton then dab it on the mattress. Wipe it clean with a wet cloth. Let it dry.

Method 3:

What you need:

  • rubbing alcohol
  • water
  • mild soap
  • clean cloth
  • steamer


Spray some alcohol on the mattress to get rid of stains before wiping it with a clean cloth poured with a mild soap and water mixture.

Rinse the cloth then use it again to wipe the mattress clean.

Use the steamer to deodorize.

3. How to Clean the Mesh

Cleaning the Bassinest mesh is just like cleaning the mattress because it’s also not machine washable.

But then, you have several methods to choose from.

Method 1:

What you need:

  • citrus solution
  • warm water
  • clean cloth


Mix the citrus solution with the warm water then pour some on to the clean cloth. Wipe the entire mesh clean. For stains, rub the cloth in a circular motion while applying more pressure until the stain is removed.

Method 2:

What you need:

  • baking soda
  • warm water
  • clean cloth


This method is intended for tough stains on the mesh. Begin with creating a paste by mixing baking soda and warm water. Apply it on the stains by rubbing the paste in a circular motion. Wipe it off with a wet cloth.

Other methods:

The methods used to clean the mattress and the sheet also apply to cleaning the mesh and vice versa.

It’s just that the mattress and the mesh may not be machine washed.


If your Bassinest doesn’t come with the soothing center, you may soak the bassinet itself, but make sure to exercise caution.

To Sum It up

The key takeaways in learning how to clean the Halo Bassinest are 1) do not use bleach and harsh or abrasive materials 2) do not machine wash the mattress and the mesh 3) do not let stains sit for long and 4) different stains need different cleaning solutions.

If you can’t handle all the cleaning, this list of the best co-sleeper for your baby will give you more options.

Sarah Morgan

Chief editor of and striving mom-extraordinaire.Let me share and inspire you with my daily struggles to live a healthier and more fulfilling life.

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