Dos and don’ts of washing bottles in the dishwasher
5-step guide to washing bottles in the dishwasher
Pre-rinse the bottles and prepare the dishwasher
Before loading the bottles into the dishwasher, rinse them thoroughly to remove any leftover milk, formula, or other liquids. Make sure that the dishwasher is clean and free of any food debris or leftover detergent.
Load the bottles onto the top rack of the dishwasher
Place the bottles, along with their caps, nipples, and rings, onto the top rack of the dishwasher. Make sure that the bottles are securely in place and not touching each other or the dishwasher’s heating element.
Add detergent and run the dishwasher
Add a dishwasher detergent that is safe for washing bottles and start the dishwasher on a normal cycle with hot water. If your dishwasher has a sanitize cycle, use it to ensure that the bottles are thoroughly cleaned and sterilized.
Remove the bottles and inspect them for cleanliness
After the dishwasher cycle is complete, carefully remove the bottles from the dishwasher and inspect them for any remaining residue or dirt. If necessary, use a bottle brush to remove any leftover residue.
Air dry the bottles
Once the bottles are clean, leave them to air dry completely before storing them. Do not use a towel or cloth to dry them, as this can introduce bacteria and other contaminants. If possible, leave the dishwasher door open after the cycle to allow the bottles to dry faster.
Can you wash baby bottles in the dishwasher?
Yes, you can wash baby bottles in the dishwasher as long as they are dishwasher-safe. Many baby bottles, nipples, and other feeding accessories are designed to be dishwasher-safe for easy and efficient cleaning. However, you should always check the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure that the specific bottles and accessories you are using can be safely washed in the dishwasher.
To wash baby bottles in the dishwasher:
- Disassemble the bottles, removing the nipples, rings, and any other parts.
- Rinse the bottles and parts under running water to remove any leftover milk or formula.
- Place the bottles and parts in a dishwasher-safe basket or mesh bag to keep them secure during the washing cycle. This is particularly important for smaller parts like nipples and rings, as they can be easily misplaced or damaged if not secured.
- Load the dishwasher according to the manufacturer’s recommendations, placing larger items like bottles on the top rack and smaller items like nipples and rings in the basket or mesh bag.
- Use a gentle, fragrance-free detergent to reduce the risk of irritation for your baby.
- Run the dishwasher on a hot water cycle with a heated drying setting to ensure thorough cleaning and sanitization.
- Once the dishwasher cycle is complete, carefully remove the bottles and parts, allowing them to air dry on a clean, dry surface.
Remember to always inspect the bottles and parts for any signs of wear or damage before using them. Replace any worn or damaged items to ensure the safety and health of your baby.