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<p>my DD Britax Decathlan crotch buckle has some food or drink residue in it.  it's really bad and i didn't realize her seat wasn't fully buckling until i pulled her out one day and one clip was already out.  i'm doing a super duper check each time i put her in now.  can i clean it out with water or do i need to purchase a new one?  is it safe to run water through the buckle itself while not getting the strap wet?</p>
 

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<p>In this case, toothpicks (or skewers) are a girl's best friend!  Rubbing alcohol helps break up the gunk, too.</p>
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<p>Check your owner's manual; I know several brands recommend soaking the buckle in warm water to de-gunk it.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>earthtype</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1285029/gunk-in-crotch-buckle#post_16110512"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>maybe try a pipe cleaner.. with water on it, or some vinegar</p>
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Do NOT use vinegar!  I've heard this recomended more than once around here, and it is not safe!  Vinegar is an acid, so if it gets on the strap, thats not a good thing.   A small amount of water and mild soap or baby wipes are the only things you can use.  And always check your manual (there is usually a section on "how to clean your carseat" for more instructions.  </p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>bluebackpacks</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1285029/gunk-in-crotch-buckle#post_16110608"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>In this case, toothpicks (or skewers) are a girl's best friend!  Rubbing alcohol helps break up the gunk, too.</p>
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<br><br><p>Again, nothing but mild soap, baby wipes, water are allowed.</p>
 
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