How to safely clean your baby’s feeding items and pumping equipment

The following guidelines apply to
Washing in the dishwasher
• Separate all bottle parts such as bottles, nipples, caps, rings, and valves.
• Rinse the bottle parts and any other feeding items under running tap water.
• Place the parts and other feeding items in the dishwasher.
• Place small items into a closed-top basket or mesh bag so they get flushed into the dishwasher filter.
• Run the dishwasher using hot water and a heated drying cycle.
• Use the sanitizing setting if possible as this helps kill more germs.
• After cleaning, remove the items from the dishwasher after washing your hands with soap and water Store the cleaned items in an area free of dust or dirt.
• Do not use a dish towel to dry the items as this may transfer germs to the items. Instead, leave them to air dry.

Cleaning by hand, the following apply
• Wash your hands thoroughly using soap and water for 20 seconds.
• Separate all bottle parts e.g. bottles, nipples, caps, rings and valves.
• Rinse bottle parts and any other feeding items under running tap water.
• Place all items in a clean bowl or container that you only use to clean baby feeding items.
• Avoid washing your baby items directly in the sink because it may contain germs that could easily contaminate the items.
• Fill the washbasin with hot water and add soap.
• Brush items using a clean brush you solely use to clean your baby feeding items.
• Squeeze water through nipple holes to be sure they are clean.
• Rinse by holding each item under running water, or by holding them completely immersed under fresh water in the bowl.
• After rinsing, place the items, including the washbowl, and bottle brush on a clean, unused dish towel in a clean area free from dirt and dust.
• Allow the items to air dry thoroughly. Avoid using a dish towel to dry because this may transfer germs to the items.

Sanitising baby feeding items
Note: If you use a dishwasher with hot water and a heating drying cycle or sanitizing setting to clean infant feeding items, a separate sanitizing step will not be necessary.
It is advisable to sanitize feeding items at least once daily for extra germ removal. Sanitizing is particularly important when your baby is younger than 3 months, was born prematurely, or has a weakened immune system.
Before sanitizing, make sure you have cleaned the feeding items, bottle brushes, and washbowls basins using one of the methods above. You should sanitize all items including the brush and washing bowl.
You can use any of these methods to sanitise

• Place disassembled feeding items into a pot and cover with clean water.
• Put the pot over heat and bring to a boil.
• Boil for 5 minutes.
• Remove items with clean tongs and leave them in a clean place to air dry.

• Place disassembled feeding items in microwave or a plug-in steam system and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for sanitizing, cooling, and drying the items.

Using the bleach solution
• Prepare a bleach solution by adding 2 teaspoons of unscented bleach in 4 litres of water in a clean washing bowl.
• Submerge all the items and ensure that the solution touches all parts, there are no air bubbles in the bottles and the solution is squeezed through nipple holes.
• Soak the items in the solution for at about 5 minutes.
• Remove with clean hands or tongs.
• Do not rinse to prevent germs from getting back onto the sanitized items. Any remaining bleach will dry out.
• Place the items on a clean, unused dish towel or paper towel in an area protected from dirt and dust.
• Allow air-drying thoroughly before storing. Do not use a dish towel to prevent germs getting back unto to the items.
Store the clean and dry items. With clean hands reassembled the bottles, place the bottles along with the other feeding items, washbasin, and brush in a clean and protected area such as the inside of a closed kitchen cabinet that is dedicated for this purpose.