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Bottle Sterilizing at Home

In recent years some experts have said that it is not necessary to sterilize bottles at home due to better clean water practices by most cities (webmd), but many new moms still find themselves wondering how on earth to make sure baby is drinking from a clean cup. After my baby shower I made it my mission to get to the bottom of the whole bottle sterilizing debate (some sites such as still recommend it just to be on the safe side) since for some reason nobody bought me the $30 bottle sterilizer I registered for. And here’s why…. you don’t need one. Microwave and steam bottle sterilizers range in price from around $20 on up. Sure, they may get the job done in 2 minutes and they may have a nice holding rack or other fancy features, but you can get perfectly sanitized bottles at home with what you have in your cabinets already. I learned this from pretty much every female family member I know, and they learned it from the generations before them. Home bottle sterilizing is still widely accepted and if you haven’t gone out and bought a commercial sterilizer yet I’ll share with you so you can save a little money and room on your baby registry. If you think it’s too time consuming, think about this: I sterilized our bottles while I was cooking. Since I had to wait for the water to boil for our spaghetti noodles, I figured I might as well put the water to boil for the bottles at the same time. It all worked out so well that I’ve decided that weekly pasta night will also be bottle sanitizing night. Since time is money, there’s saving a little more right?

Here’s what you need:
A large pan
A stove
A mat or clean spot to dry bottles

1. Heat water to boiling in the large pan. 
2.  Completely disassemble bottles.
3. Once water is boiling, use tongs (to avoid splashing) to place bottle parts in water.
4. Allow bottles to boil at least 5 minutes, making sure that all parts are submerged (no bottles just floating on top).
5. Use tongs to remove bottle parts and place on drying rack, mat, or other clean spot to dry.

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