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Safe Cleaning of Baby Bottles
Sterilizing and cleaning baby bottles is crucial to the health of your infant, especially because infants are more vulnerable to food poisoning.
Before the very first use, sterilizing baby bottles in boiling water for five minutes is recommended. For daily cleaning of bottles and supplies; however, you'll only need soap, hot water and a baby bottle brush:
- Fill sink with hot water and add dishwashing liquid.
- Add bottles, nipples, caps, rings, preparation utensils and other supplies.
- Pour hot, soapy water into bottles, and rotate a baby bottle brush inside until the bottle is clean. Wash away all soapy water under running water.
- Use a nipple brush to wash nipples and nipple holes. Squeeze the hot, soapy water through the nipple hole to flush out any trapped milk.
- Thoroughly rinse all utensils under running water to wash away all traces of soapy water.
- When sterilizing bottles, use sanitized tongs to remove bottles, nipples and other utensils and place them in the dish drainer to dry.
Washing and drying in a dishwasher is safe, but only with heated water and a hot drying cycle. Always check the manufacturer label to make sure items are dishwasher safe.
Remember to always wash your hands thoroughly with hot, soapy water for at least 20 seconds before handling bottles and feeding your baby.
For more food safety information, visit www.HomeFoodSafety.org. Consult a registered dietitian nutritionist in your area if you have questions on the nutritional needs of children, and visit our Nutrition for Infants and Toddlers page.
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Reviewed July 2013