How to Clean Baby Bottles
There are many dangerous germs and bacteria that thrive in dry places. One of these dry places can be powdered infant formula. Not everyone uses a powdered formula for their baby, but baby bottles can still harbor germs that can cause dangerous infections. 
A mother feeds her baby a bottle
How can you effectively clean baby bottles so you can safely feed your baby and protect them from harmful bacteria? We've got the best ways to clean and sanitize. 

How to Clean Baby Bottles

It's important to determine if the baby bottles you are using are dishwasher safe. If they are, follow these simple steps:

  • Take apart your bottle.
  • Rinse all parts of the bottle.
  • Put the parts into the dishwasher. We recommend running the cycle with hot water and a heated dry to kill more bacteria.
  • Using clean hands, remove the bottles and air dry if needed.

If your bottles are not dishwasher safe, here are some steps for washing your bottles by hand:

  • Make sure your hands are washed.
  • Take the bottle apart.
  • Thoroughly rinse all parts of the bottle.
  • Scrub all parts of the bottle with a clean brush, hot water, and soap. 
  • Let the bottles air dry on a clean towel.
  • Either hand-wash or use a dishwasher to clean the brush you used to scrub the bottles.

Sanitizing: A Necessary Step

Cleaning often isn't enough, especially when the well-being of your child is at stake. Sanitizing is an important and essential step when it comes to items you use often. The heat of your dishwasher or the water you use to hand-wash your bottles does kill some bacteria, but sometimes heat can pull harmful chemicals out of the plastic of your bottle. With our HomeSoap, we can guarantee 99.9% kill rate of harmful germs and bacteria using no heat, just UV light. And we can do all this in 10 minutes!

The HomeSoap is the perfect for killing 99.9% of germs on baby bottles and other items

You should clean and sanitize your baby bottles after every use. A bottle will typically stay sterile for about 24 hours. 

Choosing a Soap

Ideally, you want to avoid name-brand dish soaps like Dawn and use soft and gentle soaps, especially ones that are made specifically for babies. Many dish soaps have potentially harmful ingredients in them. Here are some ingredients to look for and avoid:

    • Unnecessary numbered dyes (Blue #1)
    • Formaldehyde or formaldehyde-releasing chemicals
    • Anything ending in -paraben (like methylparaben)
    • Antibacterial agents
    • SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) and SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate)
    • Fragrance

When you are out buying soaps, look at the ingredients on the label. Find soaps that don't have what we listed above and in general have minimal ingredients. Natural, organic soaps are a great choice. You can also buy specific soaps for babies like Dr. Bronner's Pure Baby Unscented Soap. The nice thing about Dr. Bronner's is that it can be used for hair, hands, and dishes as well as baby bottles. 

Cleaning and sanitizing bottles and other items your baby comes into contact with is extremely important

Is Bleach an Option?

According to the CDC, you can use bleach on your baby bottles, but it should be used as a last option for sanitizing. If you use bleach, the CDC recommends using 2 teaspoons per 16 cups of water and let the bottle soak for 2 minutes.


Make sure that your baby is safe and that the bottles you use to feed your baby aren't spreading harmful bacteria. Follow our tips for cleaning and make sure to pick up a HomeSoap so you can easily and safely sanitize your bottles. Keep your baby both healthy and well-fed. 

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