How To Sterilize Feeding Equipment

AH93X4 Sterilizing Baby Bottles

A lot of people use dedicated sterilizing equipment that are product specific and work only for a specific brand. I’m not advocating that you should go against the instruction manual and manufacturer’s directions but there are times when you want to sterilize something else and the specified equipment is not compatible with the product you want to sterilize.

In such cases, a lot of people turn to the trusty old Milton. I don’t claim that there is anything wrong with using Milton but I think it can be helpful for you guys to know how sterilize a product of these options are not available or compatible.

In most cases, if you ever have to face such situation, it is very easy to sterilize something as long as you have a large enough container or pot to submerge it in.

  • You should always wash the product like you would normally do while washing the feeding or teething equipment using hot and soapy water. You should make sure that all of the soap and foam is removed from the item by rinsing it.
  • Take a large saucepan and put the clean item in it and put the saucepan on the stove.
  • Make sure there is enough water in the sauce pan which can cover the item and makes sure that no air bubbles will be produced.
  • Boil the water with item contained in it for almost 5 minutes.
  • Afterwards, turn the stove off and let the water cool down naturally.
  • Make sure that your hands are clean before you handle the item. Carefully wash them.
  • Take out the item from the saucepan and shake it to remove any water contents.
  • You should keep the item in a container inside the fridge if you are not looking forward to using it right away.
  • It is important that you boil the item again if you don’t use it within 24 hours.
  • Otherwise it can be used right away as it will be completely sterilized.

All of the microbes and bacteria are killed when you carefully wash and boil the item. This technique cannot be used for porous products. It will also be a stupid idea to use this technique for the items that are not meant to withstand boiling temperatures.