Hello!

146 Answers

How do other mums clean drink bottles? I have tried hand washing and putting them through the dishwasher but I just can’t seem to get that stale water smell out of them. They’re fine for a month or two but then they just get nasty and I find myself throwing them out. Any tips on how to freshen them up? We have a few of those BPA free ones and the stainless steel varieties.


Want more real mum questions sent to you?


You'll need to check this email to complete your signup.
Ask your question
  • I also use Steradent but after about 4 months I tend to throw them out as the smell just lingers.


  • Baking soda with vinegar ! And sometimes I clean them with nappysan or steradent !


  • Normally I put a drop of dishwashing detergent in the bottle , put some water in it and give it a good shake. To really clean it especially if you put milk or strong liquid in it , its probably best to use a bottle brush ( like the ones you wash baby bottles in ) . I bought a long brush from a bargain shop for $2 and its a nice purple colour. Also I find cheap plastic smells bad quickly and really it better to toss it out after drinking it once as bacteria can still be inside . My daughter keeps refilling the Coles or Select brand water ones. Yuk . Good luck


  • air them out well but sometimes they do get that smell


  • Milton’s bottle sanitiser as some bottles do not stand up in a dishwasher properly.


  • Hot soapy water and a baby bottle brush!


  • Wash in hot soapy water and thoroughly rinse and then dry. Do not put them away or store them away until they are completely dry.


  • I’ve heard that denture tablets work well.


  • Yes to the mum who said denture tables – they’re marvellous.


  • I use one of those bottle brushes that you use for baby bottles, with hot soapy water a, then rinse and then say once a month use the liquid baby sterilising liquid. Also make sure they are completely dry and the lid or spout thingy is open when storing


  • I haven’t tried this yet, but I recently heard that using denture tablets (the ones that clean them overnight in water) can help – just fill the bottle, drop a tablet in, and leave them overnight. Then rinse well.


  • dishwasher and then let them thoroughly dry


  • I have never had this happen but i just make sure to wash them well and air dry well.


  • Usually rinsing with diluted vinegar will make them quite crisp smelling.


  • Put a scoop of rice and then dish washing liquid with some hot water, shale and shake. It will clean it out good!


Post you answer
Like Facebook page

LIKE MoM on Facebook

What is your answer to that question?
Would you like to include a photo?
No picture uploaded yet.
Please wait to see your image preview here before hitting the submit button.
Your MoM account


Lost your password?

Enter your email and a password below to post your answer and join MoM:

↥ Back to top

Thanks For Your Star Rating!

Would you like to add a written rating or just a star rating?

Write A Rating Just A Star Rating
Join