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I’m 7 months pregnant and looking for a steriliser but don’t like the idea of using any chemicals to sterilise my baby’s feeding equipment. What can I do?

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  • Depending on the materials you could boil them.

  • Resort to the good old fashioned way of washing and rinsing thouroughly then boiling them in water for a several minutes

  • Love the answers to this question and has helped me too. Thanks everyone

  • I haven’t seen sterilisers that use chemicals to clean babies bottles and dummies. Most are heat/steam cleaned

  • Wash them in hot soapy water as others have suggested and rinse thoroughly with very hot water. Some people scald them with boiling water. Watch you don’t scald your skin in the process. Dry the outsides of them and place them upside down on a clean space such as a tea towel or separate clean container that the water drains through. Cover with a clean cloth to keep insects away from them in case any sneak in when you have to open doors at all. Don’t ever put the teats in boiling water as they will go sticky and perish.

  • Just steam it all. Hot boiling water sterilises naturally.

  • As long as the items don’t state otherwise, you can boil in water on the stovetop for 5 minutes

  • if you have a dishwasher, run them through the dishwasher other wise fill a bucket up with hot water and chuck everything in

  • You don’t need to sterilise, just wash in hot, soapy water. Sterilising helps to breed superbugs. MOM69407 you guys were doing the right thing in the “bad old days”. There are a lot of diseases attributed to first world countries because of our obsession with getting rid of germs.

  • Washing in clean warm soapy water and rinsing well should be sufficient if you are worried pop in boiling water for 5 minutes using a pastas holder to keep it off the bottom of the pot

  • Mom69427, I hope you cleaned your bottle brush thoroughly. They stay damp for quite awhile and could breed bacteria. To my knowledge the only chemical method is steam or wash and pour boiling water into them. Apparently some plastic bottles can release chemicals if heated too much. I am not sure if it is a risk with no formula or food in it. I suggest you check the code on the bottom of bottle and do some research. Even some of the expensive bottles pose risks in that respect.

  • I have the Avent steriliser that just uses water to steam them, no chemicals used. You just wash the bottles beforehand and then put them in the steriliser.

  • In the bad old days when I had my children we didn’t have all these fancy sterilization units or all this bacteria knowledge thrown at us.We placed our bottles and things in boiled water.If you were lucky enough to be get your hands on glass bottles then you boiled them on the stove . Give them a bit of scrub with a bottle brush and bobs your uncle.

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