It is possible to get an extra degree of sterilization for your baby's bottles by using bottle sterilers.Babies under the age of 1 are recommended for weekly bottle sterilization.Electric sterillers are easy to use and perform other functions, like drying and warming bottles.Microwave sterilizers don't require outlets or counter space.If you don't have access to electricity, a cold water sterilizer is great.You can learn how to operate a sterilizer by choosing the type you want.
Step 1: The recommended amount of water is added to the sterilizer.
A small amount of water is needed to create steam.You can use your user manual to figure out how much water to use.Too little water could cause the basin to overflow.If there is a specific type of water you need to use, check the instructions of the sterilizer.To avoid a build up of mineral deposits inside the sterilizer, some sterilizers require you to use distilled water.
Step 2: There are bottles and accessories.
Milk and formula will not be cleaned off by the steam sterilizer.Before you put your bottles, nipples, and other accessories into the sterilizer, you should wash them with warm, soapy water.
Step 3: Load the sterilizer.
Place the bottle upside-down.If you want to load more bottles into the sterilizer, do not.If you have more than six bottles, you will need to clean them in batches.If you want to sterilize a lot of bottles at one time, you should check the capacity of the sterilizer.Some sterilizers can only hold a couple of bottles, while others can hold 9 or more.
Step 4: Place the nipples inside.
The pieces should not touch each other.Space the accessories in between the lower prongs of the sterilizer to hold them in place.nipples and caps should be placed in the sterilizer with their openings facing down.The steam will be able to enter and sterilize the inside of the nipple.
Step 5: The cover needs to be put on.
Electric sterilizing works by generating steam.To clean the bottles properly, steam needs to be contained inside the sterilizer.Before you turn on the sterilizer, make sure the cover is on.
Step 6: The machine needs to be turned on.
The sterilizer should start heating to a temperature high enough to kill most of the germs in bottles and nipples.The process of electric steam sterilizing takes about 10 minutes.
Step 7: When the cycle ends, remove the bottles.
After the cooling cycle is over, do not attempt to remove them.Allow the bottles to air dry or dry them with a clean dish towel.You can use electric steam sterilizers to dry and deodorize bottles.As long as the lid is closed, some electric steam cleaners can keep bottles sterile for up to 24 hours.Leave the bottles in the sterilizer if you don't want to use them right away.
Step 8: Before sterilizing your microwave, clean it.
It's a good idea to give your microwave a scrub before using it.Food can accumulate on the inside walls, door, top, and bottom.
Step 9: Water can be added to the sterilizer.
Water is needed for microwave steam sterilizers to function.Microwave sterilizers use heat from your microwave rather than an internal heating element to create steam.To find out how much water to add to your model, consult your user manual.The bottles and accessories can be placed on the steamer rack.Before filling it with water, remove it and then replace it.Do you know if distilled water is recommended for your unit?
Step 10: The bottles and accessories need to be loaded.
The bottles, nipples, and caps should be placed open side down so that steam can enter them.Check your manual for specific instructions on how to load the bottles and accessories, as some units have designated spaces for each part.Never put metal in a microwave.Before you load your bottles into the sterilizer, make sure they are clean.
Step 11: The lid needs to be closed.
The plastic lid on microwave sterilizers is designed to keep the steam inside.Before starting the process of sterilizing, make sure the lid is on.
Step 12: The unit should be microwaved according to the instructions.
Depending on the steamer and the microwave's power, the amount of time required will be different.Check the settings on your microwave and consult the manual for your sterilizer to be sure that you don't need more than 2 minutes in a high-wattage microwave set.
Step 13: Before removing the bottles and accessories, allow the unit to cool down.
The bottles and accessories are very hot after being microwaved.The sterilizer needs to be cooled for at least 2 minutes before it can be used.If you leave the lid on a microwave sterilizer, it will keep your bottles and accessories sterile for up to 24 hours.
Step 14: The container should be filled with tap water.
You can use any large food storage container with a lid for this purpose, even if you use a microwave sterilizer.It's important that the container you pick is made from food grade material.Large buckets can be purchased from most home supply stores.The bottles and nipples need to be submerged.If you are using a microwave sterilizer with a steaming rack, you should remove it before using it for cold water sterilization.
Step 15: The bottles and accessories should be in the water.
Clean bottles, nipples, and any accessories you want to sterilize should be placed in the water.Make sure there are no air bubbles in the bottles and nipples.
Step 16: A sterilizing solution can be added.
It is possible to use a cold water sterilizing solution with baby bottles and nipples.The package directions tell you how much to add to your water.
Step 17: The tray should be used to keep everything below the water.
The weight of the tray can help keep the bottles and accessories under the water's surface.You can weigh the bottles and accessories with a large plate if you use a bucket or other food container instead of a cold water sterilizer.
Step 18: The manufacturer's instructions should be consulted at times.
After soaking for about 30 minutes, your bottles and accessories should be sterile.If you want to store your bottles in the solution, you need to change it every 24 hours.Before using sterile tongs or taking the bottles out of the solution, you should wash your hands.You don't have to rinse the bottles after sterilizing.Some babies may not like the smell and taste of the sterilizer.If you want to rinse it, boil some water and use it to sterilize it.