The plastic used to make baby bottles seems to be the hot topic these days. Controversy lies in whether or not there are any long term health effect from leaching of the chemical, Bisphenol-A, which can be found in most polycarbonate products. This chemical is released under high temperatures such as sterilization, a step many parents use to clean and sanitize their baby’s bottles. There are bottles on the market now that advertise themselves as Bisphenol-A Free however many countries continue to believe the risk is quite low and safe to use. Other countries Canada for instance, have prohibited its sale altogether. Whether you choose to use polycarbonate bottles or not, washing and drying plastic bottles properly may help to reduce chemical exposure to your infant.
- Start by having the proper supplies on hand: a bottle brush and nipple brush, non-antibacterial soap (we suggest Babyganics Foaming Dish Soap), and a drying rack such as the Splash Bottle Drying Rack featured above with room for up to nine bottles, smaller racks for nipples and its own bottle brush.
- Pour half a sink of warm water (try to avoid using hot) and add a small amount of soap. Let bottles and nipples soak for approximately ten minutes.
- Use the brushes to thoroughly scrub the inside of bottles and nipples.
- Clean the outside of the bottle with a clean dishcloth. Sponges are a breeding ground for bacteria and should never be used to clean bottles.
- After rinsing the bottles, nipples and caps with warm water, place them in a drying rack to air dry. Do not place bottles on towels, counters, etc… the bottles could become contaminated in food prep areas.
- Most pediatricians agree that as long as you clean the bottle well, air drying is enough to kill most bacteria harmful to infants. However, you should always check with your doctor if you are in doubt.