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Hand Washing Baby Bottles

Tell Mommy: Handwash or Dishwash?

Way back when, mothers had no choice but to wash their baby's bottles by hand. Possibly one of the world's greatest inventions, the dishwasher has brought pleasure and ease to many a mommy's life. One area where it may not be so handy? Baby bottles.

Moms who rely on bottles, plastic ones specifically, spend hours hunched over a sink scrubbing the milk out of the nooks and crannies of nipples, lids, and bottles hoping to keep any potential chemicals from leaching into their child's body. Aware of hazards that plastic bottles often warrant, I use BPA-free bottles but still opt to use the dishwasher. Throwing caution to the wind, I pray that Cascade and a quick rinse of water do just the same, if not a better job of protecting my wee one than scrubbing with a sponge and soap.

What's your cleaning regimen?

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cutefactory cutefactory 8 years
We hand wash the bottles separately from other dishes with bottle brushes and do the same with the container for the mixed up formula stored in the fridge each day. Since I don't nurse, we have to have a full supply on hand each day. And we never run the dishwasher until it's totally full--which is not an everyday occurrence.
cutefactory cutefactory 8 years
We hand wash the bottles separately from other dishes with bottle brushes and do the same with the container for the mixed up formula stored in the fridge each day. Since I don't nurse, we have to have a full supply on hand each day. And we never run the dishwasher until it's totally full--which is not an everyday occurrence.
roxtarchic roxtarchic 8 years
we've always handwashed... (my dh's is a lil clean freakish) i think we do a more thorough job (i know w/out a doubt HE does). We also rarely ever run the dishwasher (i think once after thanksgiving dinner last year hahah). We sterilized the bottles w/the microwave thing.. every once in awhile... maybe once every two weeks if we remembered.
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 8 years
either or, i hardly ever use a bottle, and mine is glass~
fjaril fjaril 8 years
WE use the dishwasher. I nurse him but he takes water and ebm from a bottle. We are not sterilizers. If stuff came out dirty, I would wash by hand.
robertodenise robertodenise 8 years
I aslo nursed, but when she did use bottles for daycare, I used the Playtex dropins. It was less to clean up and were the only bottles my daughter would drink from! I did sterilize the nipples in the microwave, though.
jesser80 jesser80 8 years
I'm completely in the minority here, but I used the dishwasher. Obviously if something didn't come out clean I did some extra washing on it, but I found that if I rinsed them well before I stuck them in there (with the bottle brushes) then they usually came out clean.
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 8 years
I hand wash then boil the bottle and nipples in a pot to sterilize.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
i had a dishwasher and still did not and would not use it to clean my childs bottles
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
I don't have a dishwasher. But I would still hand wash everything because I feel that I do a more thorough job.
anniems anniems 8 years
I use glass bottles and handwash. I find the dishwasher doesn't always get them clean.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
I never use the dishwasher for anything, but since when I sent bottles to daycare there were only three anyway, handwashing would've been easiest either way. And the nipples were sterilized on Friday nights with the pump parts.
schnappycat schnappycat 8 years
I normally handwash since I don't run the dishwasher enough to take care of the bottles every time they need washing. But when the timing works out and I can put them in the dishwasher, I do. I'm sure the dishwasher does a better job than I do anyhow, so it's good to do once in awhile.
shoogerbooger shoogerbooger 8 years
I nursed my son, so I only had to wash bottles when my Mom watched him. I chose to hand wash them (but probably would have used the dishwasher if he was bottle fed). Now he uses sippy cups all day long and I am forced to wash them by hand since we don't have a dishwasher :( Being without a dishwasher with kids truly sucks! LOL!
Mel475 Mel475 8 years
I nursed with the first one (and planning on doing the same with this next one coming soon!) so I didn't have tons of bottles to wash. But when I did, I put them in the dishwasher to clean but also used a microwave sterilizer afterwards. I figured that way they were about as clean and safe as I could get them! I did, however, typically handwash (then sterilize) the actual nipple so I could make sure clean water was being pushed through the hole and there wasn't milk dried in it.
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