Cleaning feeding bottles

@ellie26 (4128)
Malaysia
May 16, 2007 3:55am CST
As mothers, we try to clean feeding bottles as clean as possible so that the bottles is safe to use. How do you clean your feeding bottles? Do you use washing detergent to get all the dirt out? For me, for the first few months of their life, I will soaked their bottles and nipples with warm, soapy water for about 1 hour or so. Then I will brush the inside of the bottles and nipples. After rinsing, I will boiled them for about half an hour. There are many methods that were recommended to me by other mothers. They recommended to use sterilizing tablets or steaming. I dont use sterilizing tablets because I dont like the smell. The steaming spoilt the some bottles, so I dont favor that either. What is your method of cleaning feeding bottles?
8 responses
@archer1811 (1099)
• Philippines
18 May 07
i used dishwashing liquid in cleaning my baby's bottles.. and after brushing and rinsing it throughly i boiled it also in half an hour, and keep it dry in a try with cover before using it again.. i do separate my baby's feeding bottles in a close try/box so that no insects can come into..
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@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
18 May 07
Thanks for your response archer1811.
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• Philippines
18 May 07
want to correct the word try i just misspelled it should be tray..
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@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
18 May 07
correction noted my friend.
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
17 May 07
I used to keep my baby bottles clean and shiny by putting some uncooked rice inside. Then pour hot water into the bottle and shake it of a few minutes. Rest assured it is safe way of cleaning baby bottle rather than using chemical based.
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@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
18 May 07
Hi zandi458, this is new to me too. Never thought rice grain can be substituted for washing detergent. What a smart way to clean a bottle. I wonder if green bean can be used as well? Thanks for your response.
@a_ce_e (1427)
• Philippines
16 May 07
Me, i use liquid diswashing soap to clean the feeding bottle,brush it then rinse thoroughly and smell it if all the soap were gone. For the nipples, it is been a tradition of us to brush it and afterwards cleaning it with salt then put in a bowl with hot water. Then sterelize the feeding bottles.
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@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
16 May 07
Oh, I read about using salt for cleaning the nipples but I never try it. Good tips. Thanks for sharing and for responding.
@Gemmygirl1 (2870)
• Australia
16 May 07
The only reason your steaming method spoilt some of the bottles is because they weren't safe to use in that kind of sterilizer. I have a microwave sterilizer, i rinse the bottles, put boiling water in them & scrub them, then they get put in to the sterilizer along with a small amount of water & put in to the microwave - they're done in 8 minutes (10 if you let it stand) & then i can get on with re-filling them ready for use. I guess it just all depends on how you want to go about it, how much free time you have (for boiling them) & stuff like that.
@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
16 May 07
Yes, I agree with you. Thanks for tips and respond.
@lucky_witch (2711)
• Philippines
16 May 07
I used to boil it foe a few minutes not only to clean it but also to kill the bacterias... We mom, always want our babies to be safe. I see to it that the milk is not spoiled in the bottle... after feeding I wash it right away... In acse that I cant do that I simply wash it with water, just to remove the milk... then wash it with soap as soon as possible.
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@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
16 May 07
Hi lucky_witch, I do that too. I mean right after a feeding, I immediately rinse it with water and submerged it in a hot water for until the water started to cool off. Hey, thanks for your respond.
• India
16 May 07
hi i use mild sop to clean the bottles and nipples. i clean them with warm water and then boil the bottles for about ten min change the water and again boil them for fifteen minutes. i assure that all the soap is gone and the bottle is fully clean.i dont use a scrubber i wash with hands.
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@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
16 May 07
Hi arpita_onlinejob, thanks for your tips. Most of the time I use a scrubber.
@rapolu_cs (1184)
• India
16 May 07
First keep the bottles in hot water for 1/2 hour and then wash them with liquid detergent using fresh water and later boil them in water,by doing this the bottles doesnot smell milky and even the dirt in the edges of the bottle cleans out clearly.
@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
16 May 07
This one is also new to me so I will try it. Do you brush the inside of the bottles and the nipples?
• United States
17 May 07
When I had my baby, I was using the Playtex with drop ins so it is so easy to clean the bottle coz it is hallow. All I need to clean are the nipples. Usually I put them in hot water with liquid soap and brush...or put them in the dishwasher along the brush so the brush would be sterilized too.