Hooked off Germs

As I use different products to keep my baby’s items clean and disinfected, I’m becoming more and more aware of how many things go in my baby’s mouth. Practically everything. Most importantly are his bottles and pacifiers.

I’ve seen other moms dump all their kids toys into a bucked of water with bleach, and other moms who wash all their kid’s items with Lysol. I, personally cringe at the thought of both those ways. I’m not saying what they’re doing is wrong, by all means, to each their own.

I want to add to the different ways to clean your baby’s belongings for those moms who don’t like the idea of chemicals either.

I started with the largest pot I had and put all the bottles laying down (glass bottles on the bottom since they’re heavier than the plastic ones). I filled the pot with water and put on the stove on low heat and let the water boil slowly. While the water is still cold, I squeezed 1/2 a lemon into the water. I like the idea of a lemon since it is a natural  cleanser.

As the water is coming to a boil, I squeezed 1/2 a lemon into the water.

Yummy lemon from our backyard

Let the water continue to boil for at least 10 minutes
NOTE: If you have plastic bottles, make sure they are ok to be in high heat temperatures. My plastic bottles are graded 5 which means they are safe in high heat. Click here for a list of the plastic grades. 

After about 10-15 minutes of boiling water, I removed the bottles and placed them in the sink. (I washed the bottles again, just to get the lemon smell/taste off the bottles).

With the water still boiling, I took advantage and threw in all of his pacifiers and toys that he puts in his mouth.

I only left the nipples and pacifiers in the boiling water for 4-5 minutes before taking them out and rinsing them.

Next up: His toys.

Finally, lay/hang everything to dry.

The bonus of boiling lemon water–If your pot has residue or calcium buildup, it will break it down, and make it easier to get a squeaky clean pot.

The whole process took about 20 minutes. I got clean baby items, and the house smelled like yummy lemons.

What are some ways you clean your baby’s toys/bottles/etc.

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