How to Clean Baby Bottles Daily

Published: March 15, 2017


how to clean baby bottles daily

Baby bottles are a part of life for many new parents, and it seems as if it’s impossible to keep them all clean. Here are five things that all new moms should know about how to clean baby bottles the right way – including how to get rid of lingering odors and dried-on residue.

#1 – Take Them Apart Completely

Before tossing bottles into a sink filled with soapy water or even the dishwasher, separate each component completely. Otherwise, you may not be getting them as clean as they should be. Pay special attention to the areas between the nipples and their plastic rings.

#2 – Use the Dishwasher (When You Can)

The dishwasher is your best friend when it comes to figuring out how to clean baby bottles. Most all bottles are top-rack dishwasher safe. What’s more, you can find lidded baskets to hold smaller components such as nipples and rings. We recommend the Munchkin Deluxe Dishwasher Basket, the Born Free BPA-Free Quick Load Dishwasher Basket or the OXO Tot No-Tip Dishwasher Basket for Bottle Parts & Accessories.

#3 – Rinse Thoroughly

There are two times you should rinse your baby’s bottles. First, if you rinse as soon as he or she is finished, you can prevent the crusty, dried-on milk residue that’s impossible to move. Second, if you hand-wash, a thorough rinsing will remove all traces of soap residue.

#4 – Buy Bottle and Nipple Brushes

Bottle brushes and nipple brushes will be invaluable in your quest to keep your baby’s bottles clean. Just remember to only use them on bottles. Here are some of our favorites:

#5 – Use Baking Soda and/or Vinegar to Kill Odors

Whether you feed your baby breastmilk or baby formula, odors can be a real problem. Bottles get lost in the car or forgotten in toy boxes all the time, and not even the dishwasher can get rid of the odor. Fortunately, adding a bit of baking soda and vinegar, then letting the bottles rest for a bit, can make them smell just like new.

Although figuring out how to clean baby bottles doesn’t seem like it should be difficult, there are times when you might wonder how to get rid of the dried-on residue or the odor that lingers through multiple dishwasher cycles. This guide will help you get your bottles as clean as possible each and every time.

Want to learn more about getting started with a baby? Check out our other baby care guides, including first-aid for babies, how to find the best detergent for cloth diapers and our baby formula buyer’s guide!

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  • Yes to all of these tips! I also loved my no-scrub Medela soap, especially when I traveled and didn’t have access to a dishwasher. It makes washing bottles and pump parts so easy!

  • Sarah says:

    Ooh I’ll need to try that! Thanks for the share, Catherine! 🙂

  • Stormy says:

    Great article. I never even thought of using baking soda or vinegar to deodorize them. What a great tip! I actually have the exact dishwasher basket you recommend and I use it all the time!

  • Sarah says:

    Thanks Stormy! It’s amazing what a difference having the right bottle stuff on-hand makes. 🙂

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