How to Sterilize Bottles the Old Fashioned Way

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How to Sterilize Bottles the Old Fashioned Way
Saving money by reusing baby products is extremely helpful in times of need. (Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

There can be several unexpected costs that come along with taking care of a baby, and for many, even the simplest ways to save money are always welcome. One such way to save money is to reuse bottles during your child's or children's infancy. However, because babies are prone to sickness, the bottles should be properly sterilised. While there is a very popular modern method of sterilising bottles, which involves using a microwave for the sterilisation process, there is also another way, which has been used since the days of old, to sterilise bottles. This old-fashioned method is sterilising your bottle by boiling it.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Pot
  • Water
  • Heat source
  • Towel
  • Dish soap
  • Heat resistant tongs or gloves (optional)

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  1. 1

    Fill the pot with enough water so that your bottle could be completely submerged in it. If any part of your bottle is left unsubmerged, the sterilisation process will have no effect on that part of the bottle.

  2. 2

    Place the pot over your heat source. The most common and obvious heat source would be the burner on your home-stove. However, if you lack a stove or are at a place where you do not have access to a one, such as a campground, most pit-fires and grills can boil the water in a metal pot as well.

  3. 3

    Submerge the bottle itself, the nipple and any other components of the bottle separately into the boiling water by using your tongs or gloves. If you do not have tongs or gloves, you may put the materials into the water before heating it, but you run the risk of shortening the life of the parts of the bottle, especially the nipple.

  4. 4

    Leave the bottle and its components submerged for five minutes, and then carefully remove them with clean hands to air dry on your towel. If you need to use the bottle immediately, you may use a clean towel to wipe the bottle dry.

  5. 5

    Wash the bottle with soap and water once it is sterilised if you desire to maximise cleanliness. Often, parents skip straight to this step, but washing the bottle alone cannot completely sterilise it as germs are often trapped in ridges and other hard-to-reach areas that require prolonged exposure to heat in order to completely remove them.

Tips and warnings

  • This process can be used for sterilising other baby items as well. These include spoons, forks, cups, lids and bowls. It also works for the sterilisation of many items that are not related to babies.
  • You should wash the bottle before you begin the sterilisation process as well if it was not washed after the previous use.
  • If you use well water, ocean water or water from an unknown source, you should repeat the sterilisation process.

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