Cleaning baby bottles should be done carefully to avoid harming your baby with potential bacteria – Dr. Brown’s baby bottles are no different. Although baby bottle cleaning can be difficult and tedious at times, here are some steps to help you out when it comes to Dr. Brown’s bottles.

Washing Dr. Brown’s Bottles

Although there are different Dr. Brown’s bottles out there – each with its own specific care instructions – the general way of cleaning your Dr. Brown’s bottle safely goes like this:

Boiling or sterilizing the bottles

Note: this step should only be done if this is your first-time using Dr. Brown’s bottle. If not, you can skip this step. The bottle should be boiled in hot water for at least 5 minutes or so. This will help sterilize it for the safety of your little one.

Keeping your bottles sanitized will ensure that your baby will get protected against most immune system diseases. Sterilizing should also be done when you’ve traveled with your baby using the bottle. 

In some cases, you can also use an electric sterilizer or a microwave for cleaning the bottles but be sure to check with the manufacturer’s guidelines (user’s manual) first before doing so.

Disassemble the parts properly

As mentioned above, each of Dr. Brown’s bottles may be different from the others. Check your manual to see how the bottle is disassembled (and put back together later after cleaning). Make sure you put the parts in one place to avoid losing one of them.

Wash the bottle parts

There are usually two ways to do this: by hand or using a dishwasher. Regardless, your baby bottles should be washed in a gentle detergent and hot water to ensure cleanliness and safety.

Hand cleaning involves the use of bottle brushes. It is highly recommended to use Dr. Brown’s Bottle Brush, which is a combination of brush bristles and a cleaning sponge to get through all the areas of the bottle.

Moreover, the internal vent of Dr. Brown’s bottles can be cleaned with a specific brush. As the job of the vent system is to reduce the likelihood of colic in children, make sure to include that in the cleaning procedure as well.

When it comes to using a dishwasher, make sure your Dr. Brown’s bottle and its accessories sit on the top rack only. Not to worry as all of the parts are safe for your dishwasher so it’s also okay to put the bottle nipples and vent system on the top rack.