Mum goes wild over IKEA chair hack

The $25 IKEA high chair can go in the dishwasher. Who knew?
The $25 IKEA high chair can go in the dishwasher. Who knew?

PLEASE name for me a more annoying, monotonous and repetitive task than cleaning a baby's high chair?

I'm willing to take bets you can't do it, because there is absolutely nothing more irritating than trying to get bits of dried on Weet-bix and apple sauce out of tiny plastic crevices. It's a thankless, joyless task, made even more heinous by the fact that the small child whose bottom recently inhabited the elevated seat in question likely refused to eat said Weet-bix and apple sauce.

But, parents who own the ANTILOP high chair from Scandinavian retailer IKEA can take heart from the news which I am about to share with you, news that I wish had been imparted to me some six years ago.


The $25 IKEA high chair.
The $25 IKEA high chair.

Not only is the ANTILOP cheap as chips, cheerfully coloured and charmingly convenient, it's also dishwasher safe.




I used one for approximately two thousand, one hundred and ninety long, long, LOOOONNNNNG days without this information.

High chair spills are the bane of every parent’s existence.
High chair spills are the bane of every parent’s existence.

Do you know how long I spent cleaning that damn high chair with a Chux cloth, bicarb and vinegar and the long-suffering sighs that only a mother can achieve?

182-and-a-half hours, based on rough calculations and the assumption that I spent five minutes of every day undertaking this activity.

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That's a week of my life. A WEEK, when I could have pulled the legs off it and shoved the seat and the table in the dishwasher once every few days.

I'm infuriated ... and shocked, and I'm not the only one.

I shared this little nugget of information with my husband, Ian. His response? "What? Oh my god," he shouted as he furrowed his brow and narrowed his eyes while mentally fact-checking me.

"We're f***ing idiots," he said after a short pause. "Of course! It's plastic!"

While we're in the mood for a little fact-checking, here's what you need to know.

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Make sure you take the legs off before putting it in the dishwasher.
Make sure you take the legs off before putting it in the dishwasher.

The legs can't go in the dishwasher. So take them off before you get too excited and run your chair through the pot cycle.

The seat and the table are made from polypropylene, a plastic that is commonly used across the globe for many, many purposes including a range of household items like packaging, appliances and more. It is rated as safe for the top rack in the dishwasher.

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Kidspot asked IKEA what they thought of putting the ANTILOP chair and table top in the dishwasher, the company pointed to the official care instructions - wipe clean with a mild soapy solution and wipe dry with a clean cloth - which are available on the IKEA website.

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