How to Sterilise Feeding / Teething Equipment

Most people these days will have some sort of dedicated sterilising equipment that works specifically with their chosen bottle brand. While I wouldn't suggest that you go against the manufacturer's instructions or directions, there are instances that you may want to sterilise something and it simply will not be possible to use that equipment.

In those cases the vast majority of people will fall back on trusty old Milton. And again, I'm not saying that there is anything wrong with Milton or that you shouldn't use. I just thought that it would be worth sharing what to do if neither of these usual avenues are available or suitable.

Truth be told, if you do find yourself in this situation it is fairly easy to sterilise anything so long as you have a pot large enough to submerge it in.

  • Wash the item as you would normally wash any of your feeding or teething equipment - hot, slightly soapy water. Make sure to thoroughly rinse the items to remove all soap.
  • Place the clean item in a large saucepan on the back burner of the stove.
  • Add enough water to cover the item, making sure there are no air bubbles.
  • Bring the water to the boil, and boil rapidly for 5 minutes.
  • Turn off the stove and allow the water to cool down.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before you handle the item.
  • Take the equipment from the saucepan and shake off any excess water.
  • If you are not using the item straight away, store it in a clean container in the fridge.
  • Re-boil the item if it is not used within 24 hours.
  • Alternatively it is ready to use immediately and will be completely sterile

Washing and then boiling will kill any contaminants and microbial organisms on an item. Obviously this is for non-porous items and should not be used on anything that cannot withstand boiling temperatures.
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