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How Do I Clean NUK Pacifiers?

By Dakota Wright ; Updated April 18, 2017
Clean a NUK pacifier to prevent infant illness.

A NUK pacifier will get dirty, it's inevitable. You may even notice that your baby's pacifier gets dirty when she wants it most. It never fails: when you need a moment to accomplish a task, the pacifier will hit the floor. NUK pacifiers are durable and can withstand frequent washing and infrequent sterilization. If you find you are washing a NUK several times a day, the company makes accessories designed to keep your babies pacifier clean and give you peace of mind.

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Wash a NUK pacifier with mild soap and water. Pay attention to cracks and crevices where dirt and germs can hide. Examine the nipple for wear and tear to prevent a choking hazard.

Add 1/2 cup vinegar to a sink of water. Rinse the NUK and all accessories in the vinegar water solution

Place a stock pot on the stove and fill it with water. Place the NUKs inside and let the water boil. It's a good idea to have several NUKs sterilized and ready for your baby. Let the water boil for five minutes.

Remove the NUKs and place them on a clean towel to dry. Squeeze the nipples to remove condensation, if its present. Let the NUKs cool and store them until your baby needs them.

Things You Will Need

  • Mild soap
  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Stockpot
  • Antibacterial soap


Purchase a pacifier carrying case to hold pacifiers when you're out.

Wash NUKs in the dishwasher on the top rack.

Buy a pacifier cap to prevent the NUK from getting dirty if it falls on the floor.

Clean a NUK with antibacterial soap and water if you're in a hurry.


Never stick your baby's NUK in your mouth to clean it.

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About the Author

Dakota Wright is a freelance journalist who enjoys sharing her knowledge with online readers. She has written for a variety of niche sites across the Internet including “Info Barrel and Down Home Basics.” Her recent work can be seen in “Backwoods Home Magazine.”

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