Baby Bottles - quick, easy way to clean without sterilizer?

Charlotte - posted on 12/07/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Lately I've been finding that it takes so much time to wash all of my baby bottles rather than just buying a sterilizer. I've been trying to save money and so had thought that I would just keep cleaning them but with two little ones now, I need a quick clean method - does anyone have any ideas?

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My dishwasher sterilizes, but if I had to do just a couple and didn't want to run a whole load, I just dropped them in boiling water for about 5 minutes. I put the water in the big soup pot on the stove and let it heat to a boil while I was washing the bottles. Once I had the bottle washed, I just dropped it in the boil instead of the drainer. Let them sit for a few minutes then drain & pull them out with tongs.

If you have glass bottles, there is a microwave sterilizer that works really well too. I don't know about putting the plastic ones in the microwave though. That might be bad.

Melissa - posted on 12/08/2011

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I used the dishwasher with nontoxic dishwasher...I have been told warm water and dish soap is perfectly fine to wash all baby bottles and "stuff" no need to sterilize every time! I hand washed mine that way in the beginning then 6 months in started using the dishwasher.

Stifler's - posted on 12/08/2011

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You have to wash them first and then sterilise anyway. I wash with detergent and a bottle brush boil the kettle and pour it over them because I'm too lazy to sterilise. dishwasher works too.

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Take a big pot and a metal colander. Fill it with enough water that it is about an inch bellow the colander. If you use a tea kettle to heat the water up it will shorten the time it takes to boil. Place the bottles and accessories in the colander face down. Put a tight fitting lid on top of the pot. That should sanatize them just as well as a sterillizer. You can also run your dishwasher with just the bottles on the top rack for a quick hot rinse and through the heated dry cycle.

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