Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Sterilizing Baby Bottles
When it comes to cleaning baby bottles, a simple washing with hot water and dish soap is just not enough. Plastic bottles are a breeding ground for viruses and bacteria so it is important to sterilize the bottles properly. It is especially important to sterilize the bottles right after purchasing them and before use.
How to Sterilize baby bottles
1. Gather the bottles, caps, nipples, and pacifiers together to prepare for sterilizing.
2. Wash the items with hot water and soap.
3. Fill a pot with water and place on the stove. Turn the heat on high until boiling point.
4. Carefully place all bottle parts into the boiling water. Do not submerge more than the pot can handle. The water may bubble over.
5. Keep the bottle and items in boiling water for five minutes.
6. Take the bottle and its parts out of the pot of water with tongs or anything that may help you to avoid burning yourself.
7. Set items on a dish rack to air dry or dry them with a paper towel.
For more information on sterilizing baby bottles, check out baby basics on babyzone.com.
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