Cleaning cloudy, Stained Baby Bottles

It’s normal for your baby’s bottle to become slightly cloudy and stained after some time. Plastic baby bottles tend to become stained with things like:

  • ingredients in formula feed
  • juice
  • foods
  • cleaning products that may have artificial colouring in them
  • water deposits
  • calcium build-up from sterilizing
  • use in the dishwasher
  • daily use

Staining and cloudiness will not affect the overall performance of your baby’s bottle as long as the bottle itself are in good condition; but there are times, however, when you may want to clean the stains from the bottle and make it look better.


For cleaning off the cloudiness you can try these two tricks:

White vinegar: Soak your baby’s bottles in two equal parts of drinking water and white vinegar, later rinse with cold water. This trick is known to help disappear stains and eliminate odours. Be sure that you thoroughly clean out the bottle after using vinegar in it so that it doesn’t curdle the milk or formula feed you fill it with later.

Baking soda: If your baby is especially fond of juices, you will find this baking soda trick extremely helpful. Put baking soda with warm water in the bottle and clean it with a bottle brush. If you want to get rid of the sour milk smell, you can fill the bottle with warm water and add a teaspoon of baking soda. Let the bottle with the soda solution stand overnight and rinse and wash thoroughly the next day.

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