How to Clean a Glass Baby Bottle

By Arthur Barnhouse
Ask your doctor when it's OK to stop sterilizing your baby's bottle.
Ask your doctor when it's OK to stop sterilizing your baby's bottle.

Glass baby bottles have experienced a resurgence in popularity in recent years. They are environmentally friendly because they can be used over and over again, and they are safer than plastic bottles. When heated, plastic baby bottles can release small amounts of bisphenol A, a hormone-disrupting chemical, according to a report by the Work Group for Safe Markets. While glass bottles are heavier and easily broken, they do not release toxins when heated and are fairly easy to clean.

Rinse the bottle immediately with warm water after you've fed your baby. This way, you can prevent the milk or formula from drying and caking on the glass, which creates a nasty smell and makes cleaning more difficult. Also rinse the nipple.

Use your bottle brush, warm water and mild dish soap to clean out the baby bottle before you load it into the dishwasher. Remove any spots of dried milk. If you have several bottles to wash at once, run some water into a large bowl and add some soap, enough to make the water sudsy. Fully submerse the bottles in the water and then clean and rinse them individually. You can also use this method to clean glass baby bottles if you do not have a dishwasher. Simply use the bowl, warm water, soap and your bottle brush to thoroughly clean each bottle. If washing by hand, be sure to rinse away soap residue before drying.

Place the baby bottles, as well as any nipples rings and caps, in your dishwasher-safe rack. This will help keep the pieces together during the wash cycle. It's best to use the top rack of your dishwasher when washing glass baby bottles.

Place the glass baby bottles in a drying rack if your dishwasher does not sufficiently dry them. Of course, if you're washing the bottles by hand, you must place them in a drying rack after they've been properly cleaned. It is preferable to have a separate place for baby bottles on your countertop. Keep them away from areas you frequently use to prepare food or where they can be easily reached by other children in the household.

Sterilize glass bottles, along with caps and nipples, before feeding by placing them in a pot of boiling water for five minutes. Brand new glass bottles should be sterilized before their first use. It's best to check with your baby's physician to determine when it's appropriate to stop sterilizing bottles.

Warning

Do not use antibacterial or concentrated soap to clean glass baby bottles. Concentrated soap may leave a residue on the bottles, while antibacterial soap kills good bacteria along with the bad. It also leads to the growth of stronger, potentially more dangerous bacteria. Because glass bottles are heavy, you should stay with your baby during feeding to make sure he doesn't drop and break the bottle. If you have a glass baby bottle, do not subject it to sudden changes in temperature, as this may cause it to break. Do not use a glass baby bottle that has been damaged in any way.

About the Author

Arthur Barnhouse has written numerous short stories, contributed content to various websites and was an invited speaker at a university symposium on creative writing. He began writing in 2002 and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of Pittsburgh. Barnhouse has driven across the United States numerous times and draws upon his travel experiences in his writing.