Can Baby Bottles Be Washed and Steam Sterilized in the Dishwasher?

by fairgame on August 25, 2011

baby bottle steam sterilizerMost parents have a huge to do list throughout the day once the babies are born and washing dishes is one of those dreaded tasks.

Choosing baby bottles that can be washed in the dishwasher can help to reduce the to-do list and alleviate the pain that comes with keeping a clean house. Washing bottles in the dishwasher can be a great time-saver, but it can be tricky for parents to know which bottles can be washed in the dishwasher, and which bottles cannot.

Bottles that are glass can be washed in the dishwasher, regardless of the brand of the bottle. The glass is easily washed in the dishwasher with temperatures that are much higher than the average dish water in the sink, and therefore the bottles are going to achieve a higher standard of clean rather than being washed in the sink alone.

Depending on the style of the bottle, there are certain types of bottles that must have the sleeve removed from the bottle, or the silicon cases, before the bottles are placed in the dishwasher.

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When it comes to plastic bottles that are being washed in the dishwasher, there are certain guidelines that must be followed.

Some brands of bottles will specify that the bottles should not be washed in the dishwasher and rather, washed by hand. These bottles may likely become warped or damaged from the high temperatures that are reached in the dishwasher and therefore it’s best to avoid washing plastic bottles that are not dishwasher friendly, in the dishwasher.

If the bottle allows, the dishwasher is a great way to sterilize the bottle, because of the high levels of heat that are achieved in the dishwasher. The steam and combination of scalding hot water that is used while washing the dishes can sterilize the bottle and prepare the bottle for use for the infant.

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