Can You Wash Baby Bottles, Nipples & Accessories With Dish Soap?

Farah Waheda Wahid
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The American Academy of Paediatrics recommends that a baby bottle, nipple & accessories be washed after every feeding with hot water and soap, then allowed to dry thoroughly. Whether you are serving your little one breast milk or formula, it's wise to follow a strict cleaning regime in order to keep bacterial contamination at bay. It's important to think about which soap you'll be using to clean out said baby bottles, nipples & accessories. Can you wash baby bottles, nipples & accessories with dish soap? What's your opinion? It's a yes? or it's a no?


With so many products in the market aimed at parents and caregivers, it can sometimes feel like a full time job navigating the grocery store shelves, especially when it comes to products that come in close contact with your children. You can get overwhelmed and ask yourself if you can wash baby bottles, nipples & accessories with regular dish soap. In fact, you will want to avoid many of the ingredients found standard in dish soaps, including surfactants, preservatives, and fragrance.



Note that, regular dish soap may be too harsh for baby bottles, nipples & accessories because little stomachs are extremely sensitive to chemicals. Baby's health is priority number 1! That's why the dish soap you use to clean baby bottles, nipples & accessories is important to ensure that:

No Paraben

Paraben are often used in baby products because they are inexpensive and highly effective preservatives. Preservatives are important because they stop mold and bacteria growth that could spoil a product - such as a bottle, nipple & accessories cleanser or potentially harm your baby.

No Artificial Colour

Claims have been made that artificial colour cause serious side effects, such as hyperactivity in children, as well as cancer and allergies. The topic is highly controversial and there are many conflicting opinions about the safety of artificial colour.

No Artificial Fragrance

A major cause of allergic reactions, fragrances can contain thousands of chemicals, including phthalates. Phthalates are man-made chemicals that can have a negative effect on hormone levels because fragrances are protected as a 'trade secret', their ingredients are not required to be listed on the label. 

Many of these potentially ingredients are found in conventional dish soaps and other cleaning liquids. Knowing this, I know that it may not be safe to wash my son bottles, nipples and accessories with dish soap and getting my son baby bottles, nipples and accessories squeaky clean is essential so that bacteria doesn't form inside the bottle.


I chose SLEEK Bottle, Nipple & Accessories Cleanser with 100% FOOD GRADE formulation that are safe for my son. It contains stain removal formula that can eliminate residual milk fat and the stench that sticks in baby bottles. An added value, I could use this cleanser to wash vegetables and fruits.


What makes SLEEK Bottle, Nipple & Accessories Cleanser special is that it doesn't use any harmful chemicals, colorants or fragrances to achieve the kind of clean that is made for. What it does have are natural anti bacterial feature equipped with anti-irritation tested as well as the stain removal formula, which makes it safe even when cleaning fruits and vegetables, toys, teethers and other things that might find themselves in a baby's mouth.


SLEEK Bottle, Nipple & Accessories Cleanser available in two sizes in the market (you can find it at AEON, Manjaku, TESCO and Giant - 500 ml (bottle) at RM 15.85, 450 ml (refillable pouch) at RM 11.89.

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