The baby feeding bottles should be cleansed and sterilized regularly. A thorough cleaning and brushing is essential to make sure that the milk and the smell of it will not stay on the plastic bottles and on the lids and nipples. Rinsing them thoroughly is also a must before you sterilize the bottles and allow them to dry.
There are times that even after doing all these steps thoroughly, the bad smells still stay on the bottles. You may try washing them all over again, but a simple hack may do the trick.
Baby bottles are prone to foul odor due to the spoiled milk. This is a common thing on plastic bottles. Cleaning the bottle may not really take away the odor, and although it will not really cause health risks to the baby, the foul odor may still affect the smell and flavor of the milk. Throwing out the expensive baby bottles is not your only solution. You can still do something about it by simply following these techniques:
Preventing Bad Odor from Taking Hold on the Baby Bottles
You can minimize and prevent the plastic baby bottles from having foul odor. Here are some ways to do that:
Rinse right away. After feeding the baby, rinse the bottle right away. If you cannot wash it or sterilize it right away, fill it with cold water after rinsing. There is a lesser chance for the foul odor to be transferred into the bottle if the milk stayed only for a short time.
Refrigerate the bottle. Refrigeration keeps the bacteria from forming into the bottle. The bacteria cause the milk to spoil, which causes the foul odor. At a lower temperature, the bottle will stay fresh and away from the bad smell.
Use glass bottles instead. Glass bottles do not absorb the odor from the milk or from any liquid. Instead of using plastic ones, switch to glass bottles, just make sure that you keep an eye to your baby during feeding time so that the glass bottle will not slip from the baby’s hands. Some glass bottles tend to break easily when slipped and dropped to the ground. This will hurt the baby.
Simple techniques in removing smell from the bottles
Your kitchen is a place where you can find the most helpful remedies and solutions to bad smell removal from the baby bottles. Aside from the water and soap, there are also kitchen items that can be used for this purpose.
Bad smell from milk formula
There are simple home remedies and ingredients that you can use to remove the smells from the bottles. The baking powder is one of the most common kitchen items that can be used to prevent odors from the bottles. It also helps deodorize the bottles when spoiled milk was left in the bottle.
By simply adding a teaspoon of baking soda to the bottle half-filled with hot water, the foul odor will be removed. Shake the bottle and rinse it with tap water. The bottle is clean and the foul smell is gone.
Some plastic bottles may take time before the foul odor can be removed. If this is the case, you can soak the bottles in the baking soda mixture over night in a big bowl for better results. Include the lids and the nipples to keep all of them clean and odorless. Rinse them in the morning using dish wash soap and hot water before you sterilize them.
Bad smell from juices
Some moms put fruit juices into the baby bottles, especially if the baby is still too young to drink from cups. Apple juices are among the favorites, but this juice leaves a strong odor and stain on the bottles. Fruit juices also tend to leave bad odor to plastic bottles. To remove them, you can use vinegar. After thorough cleansing and washing of the bottles, soak them with vinegar overnight, including the lids and the nipples. Rinse them in the morning with dish soap and hot water, sterilize, and let them dry.
Bad smell from soap
Dish washing soap may also leave the plastic bottles with foul odor. This will leave the bottle with lemon scent, which may affect the taste and smell of the milk formula. Your baby will not want that either.
To remove the lemon scent from the plastic baby bottles, you can simply rinse them off thoroughly. Soak them in tap water overnight, including the lids and the nipples. In the morning, rinse them well and sterilize them. If the lemon scent or the scent of the dish wash soap still lingers on the bottles, it is best that you change your brand of soap.
You can make easy bottle cleansing and odor removal solutions at home even without the use of other chemicals and harmful ingredients. It is best to use natural ingredients on the baby bottles to ensure the safety of your baby.