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Everything You Need For Germ Free Bottle Cleaning

Updated: Jul 1, 2023

You're about to throw your baby's bottles, pacifiers, and your pumping parts into the kitchen sink to wash them, but WAIT! Your kitchen sink is one the the germiest places in your whole house, and bacteria from your sink and everyday sponges can quickly transfer to your baby items. Follow these easy tips to ensure you're getting your baby bottles and items clean:

  1. Use a wash basin or medium to large size bowl to set all baby items in until you're ready to wash them. Don't set them in the sink!

  2. Wash your hands with soap and water.

  3. Fill basin with hot water and use a gentle, unscented dish soap.

  4. Dump out leftover milk and rinse items before placing in the soapy water.

  5. Take apart ALL parts of the bottles and pumping parts. Always take nipples out of the rings and remove any valves.

  6. Use a *baby only* bottle brush that you only use on baby items to clean all parts thoroughly. Some bottles (like my favorite- Dr. Brown's) need an extra small brush attachment to clean in the tiny holes, parts, and nipples.

  7. Sanitize or replace your baby bottle brush monthly.

  8. Rinse all items thoroughly to remove all soap residue.

  9. Use a drying rack to allow all parts to completely air dry, or use a sanitizer. Make sure to clean your drying rack too so bacteria and mold doesn't grow!

*Check back next week for sanitizing tips!

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