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Sterilising teats, bottles and dummies

Everything that comes into contact with an infant’s food needs thorough cleaning and sterilising. This includes bottles, teats, cups, utensils & dummies or pacifiers.

All equipment should be rinsed in cold water after use, washed in soap and hot water using a bottle brush to thoroughly clean everything, then rinsed again, before being sterilised.

There are a number of ways to sterilise bottles and other equipment including:

  • boiling
    put utensils in a large saucepan of water and boil for 5 minutes.
  • chemicals
    add an approved sterilising liquid or tablet to the container of water used to soak clean equipment. Follow manufacturer’s instructions.
  • steam sterilisers
    automatic units which sterilise clean equipment. Follow manufacturer’s instructions.
  • microwave steam sterilisers
    put bottles and other equipment into steriliser, which is then heated in the microwave. Follow manufacturer’s instructions. 

For more information about bottle feeding and sterilising equipment, talk to your Child and Child Health Nurse or a pharmacist.

Where to get help

  • See your doctor
  • Visit a GP after hours
  • Ring healthdirect on 1800 022 222

Remember

  • Everything that comes into contact with an infant’s food needs thorough cleaning and sterilising.
  • All equipment should be rinsed in cold water after use, washed in soap and hot water using a bottle brush to thoroughly clean everything, then rinsed again, before being sterilised.

Acknowledgements
Information reproduced with the permission of the NSW Food Authority

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