Baby Bottle Washing and Cleaning 101

Many parents elect to use bottles for at least a portion of (if not all) feedings to give mom a break and make life easier. Whether you pump breast milk or use organic baby formula, this is a great way to spread around the responsibility for feedings so both parents can get some uninterrupted rest.

Of course, if you want to keep your baby safe and healthy, it’s important to learn how to properly wash your baby bottles. Otherwise you could end up leaving behind milk that turns, bacteria, or even mold, and the last thing you want to do is poison your child.

Luckily, it’s easy to clean all of the organic cow milk for babies or Hipp Formula out of bottles in order to make them safe for your baby, once you know the steps and you have the right tools. Here are a few tips for baby bottle washing and cleaning 101.


When you get a new bottle your first step should be to sterilize it, removing any potentially harmful contaminants it may have come into contact with. The process is simple.

All you have to do is set a large pot of water to boil. In the meantime, separate all the bottle parts and give them a quick wash to remove any dust or grime from store shelves or packaging. Then place all bottle parts in the boiling water to soak for about 10 minutes, ensuring they’re fully covered.

Using tongs, remove all parts and set them on a drain board to dry. Your bottles need not be sterilized after every use, but you may want to sterilize them again if your baby has been ill or if they’ve been sitting on shelves for a while.


The majority of bottles these days are designed to be microwave and dishwasher safe. If you want to clean them this way, simply rinse bottles and place them in the top rack. Nipples and lids can go into a dishwasher basket so they don’t fall.

Washing by Hand

Since you have to feed your baby several times a day, you may find handwashing more expedient than using the dishwasher. All you need is the right tools to ensure proper cleaning.

Like with most dishwashing you’ll want to start with hot, soapy water. However, you should skip the sponge in favor of a bottle brush designed to remove every last trace of cow or goats milk for baby. Whereas a sponge can hold bacteria from wiping other dishes or the counter, your bottle brush should only be used for your baby’s bottles.

You should also get a brush to clean the nipples. Rinse every part of the bottle thoroughly and rinse out the brushes each time, as well. This should be sufficient to clean your baby’s bottles for regular use.

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