How to Properly Sterilize Plastic Tips

Written by corey hill
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Since some plastics cannot withstand high-temperature sterilisation techniques, it is best to use a combination of sterilisation methods to insure the complete removal of harmful germs and other microbes. Use these sanitation methods on removable tips for squeeze bottles or any other small plastic pieces.

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Things you need

  • Household bleach
  • Hob and pot
  • Ultraviolet wand or sterilisation device
  • Anti-bacterial soap
  • Microwave
  • Baby steamer sanitiser

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    Thoroughly clean the plastic tips using hot water and antibacterial soap. Common household antibacterial soap is effective at killing at least 95 per cent of the surface germs. Make sure to rinse the tips clean and allow them to dry.

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    Sterilise the plastic tips using a bleach water mixture. The proper sterilising mix is 1 parts bleach to every 10 parts water. Allow the tips to soak for at least 20 minutes, and then remove from the mixture. Rinse thoroughly and allow to dry.

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    Heat up a pot of boiling water on the hob. Place the plastic tips into the boiling water and allow to boil for 10 minutes. Caution: Softer plastics may not withstand high temperatures. Remove the plastic tips with tongs and allow to dry.

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    Ultraviolet light is a safe and effective measure for killing germs. When used properly, ultraviolet sterilisation will remove 99.99 per cent of germs, viruses and moulds. The best device for sterilising small plastic tips is the household item sterilizer--available at online retailers. If the plastic tips are too large to fit inside of the household item sterilizer, use a wand sterilizer.

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    You can also sterilise your plastic tips in a common household microwave if you purchase a new steaming device. These devices are commonly available as a baby care item--and are reasonably priced at around £19. Place the plastic tips into the steamer, add the required amount of water and turn on the microwave. Most devices require only two minutes to complete the task.

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