Scrubbing Day…it’s a Holiday

Ok so cleaning isn’t a holiday, but it is if you’re Pippi Longstocking. I remember getting to watch the movie The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking in elementary school because it was a free day. I don’t really remember much of the movie, except the song. One guess what it was called.

It was catchy with a little island flair. In the song she and two other kids scrub the house and get suds everywhere. Contrary to the Pippi method that the only way to clean means getting suds and water everywhere, suds don’t automatically equal clean.

I was recently cleaning my daughter’s bottles and nipples when I thought about that song. At any rate, I’m going to show you the two ways I really get her bottles, nipples, pacifier and other parts deep down clean.

First, I have to make her bottles for daycare and it saves so much time to make them the night before. The daycare requires the bottles be labeled with her name and the date so we do that as well.

I use the Medela quick clean micro-steam bag when I really want to deep clean. This bag can also be used to disinfect breast pump accessories and sippy cups. The only item that is not recommended is the breast pump piston and cylinder and the tubing. It takes three to five minutes depending on your microwave’s wattage. Plus you only need 2 oz of water.

You just need 2 oz of water for the Medela micro-steam bag.

You just need 2 oz of water for the Medela micro-steam bag.

You must be careful because their are vent holes on the sides so be careful. One bag can be used up to 20 times. I use a Sharpie to mark the back after I’ve used the bag.

The bags retail anywhere from $4.99 for a small pack up to $29.99 for a large pack. You can purchase a 5-pack from Walmart for just $4.92.

Now if you don’t want to go out and buy steam bags then just boil some water and let the bottles and other parts soak for about five minutes and you’re done. I boil water in my electric kettle, plug the sink and pour in the hot water. I leave it to soak and do other things around the house. Once the water has cooled I hang the bottles and nipples on our drying rack or drying mat (we have both).

Boiled water is the method we most use to deep clean baby bottles.

Boiled water is the method we most use to deep clean baby bottles.

I admit this is the method I use the most because I can deep clean more bottles at once versus the bag, which you can only fit a few at a time, and I can soak them and walk away. I deep clean everything once a week and do a regular cleaning with our Dapple baby bottle dish liquid soap. You can buy the soap in a pump in Walmart, Target or Babies “R” Us. It’s really less than $5.

How do you clean baby bottles, breast pump or other similar accessories? Share your tips with me by commenting below or via instagram or twitter.





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