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Cleaning & Sterilising Equipment

It is very important that you clean and sterilise all the equipment you use to feed your baby. Cleaning and sterilising remove harmful bacteria that could make your baby sick.


  • Wash your hands well with soap and warm water. Dry them using a clean towel.
  • Wash all feeding equipment well in hot soapy water.
  • Use a clean brush to clean the inside and outside of the equipment to make sure you remove any leftover milk from the hard-to-reach places.
  • Rinse well in clean running water.
You can use your dishwasher to clean feeding equipment provided it is dishwasher proof. Dishwashers do not sterilise feeding equipment.


Sterilise the clean feeding equipment before you use it, using one of these methods.

1. Steam – This is the best way to sterilise feeding equipment. You can buy plug in sterilisers or microwave sterilisers. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

2. Boiling water – Fill a large saucepan with tap water (as long as the tap water in your area is safe) and completely cover all the equipment. Make sure there are no trapped air bubbles. Cover the saucepan with a lid and bring to the boil and boil for at least three minutes. Make sure the feeding equipment is fully covered with boiling water at all times. Keep the saucepan covered until you need to use the equipment.

3. Chemical steriliser – Make up a batch of sterilising liquid following the manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure all equipment is completely covered by the liquid and that there are no trapped air bubbles. Leave the equipment covered for the length of time stated on the instructions.

Storing sterilised equipment

You will need to wash your hands and assemble any equipment immediately to keep the inside sterile. Store the equipment in a clean place. If put together correctly it will be safe for use for 24 hours. If not used within 24 hours, you should sterilise it again.

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