How To Clean Cloudy Baby Bottle Nipples?

how to clean cloudy baby bottle nipples

You are a new mother, and you are very busy. This can be a very stressful period in your life. With your new born baby, you have a lot of things to keep in mind when you are taking care of him/her. 

One of the most important things you need to keep in mind is that your baby will be fed with formula milk by using the bottle. This is why you need to take good care of your baby’s bottle.

If you are a new parent, it might seem difficult to choose the best nipples for your baby. There are a so much variety out there, and it can be confusing to find the right one for your baby. A good nipple should be easy for your baby to use and should not be too complicated. 

Baby feeding supplies can be quite expensive, but babies and toddlers go through a lot of them. If you are thrifty and want to save money, you may have tried to clean your baby’s bottles and nipples manually.

However, even if you’re diligent, you may have noticed that manual cleaning has a downside: your baby bottle nipples get cloudy. Here is a blog on how to clean cloudy baby bottle nipples.

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How to Deep Clean Baby Bottles

When you’re a new parent, one of the many things you have to learn is how to clean baby bottles. It may seem like a daunting task, but with these tips it’s easy! First, get a bottle brush and make sure to scrub all the nooks and crannies. then use hot water and soap to wash the bottles thoroughly. You can also sanitize them in the dishwasher or with a sterilizer. By following these simple steps, your baby’s bottles will be clean and germ-free!

1. Start with the Right Cleaning Supplies

To ensure that you are able to give your baby’s bottles a deep clean, it is essential that you have the right cleaning supplies on hand. Here is what you need: dish soap, water and vinegar (optional), bib/Apron (optional), dishwasher basket (optional), and bottle brush (optional).

2. Prepare to Clean the Baby Bottles

Before you begin cleaning your baby bottles, be sure that you have placed them on a kitchen towel so they are stable. For easier cleanup, consider wearing an apron or bib during this process.

3. Fill Your Sink with Water and Dish Soap

Fill your sink with warm water and add dish soap. Check to see if you need more soapy water for this step, depending on how many bottles you are cleaning. You can repeat this process as needed until all of the bottle parts are clean.

4. Place the Baby Bottles into the Sink

Start by placing all of your bottle parts into the water that you created in step three. By doing this, you are giving them a good cleaning before scrubbing with your dish brush.

5. Scrub Your Bottle Parts

Take your dish brush and scrub away any leftover food or residue that may be sticking to the bottle parts. Make sure that you are scrubbing all of the areas of your baby bottles including the vents, nipples, and anything else that touched any food while it was being eaten.

6. Remove Bottle Parts from Sink and Rinse off Soap

Once you have finished scrubbing your bottle parts, remove them from the sink and rinse them off with warm water. At this point, your baby bottles are completely clean.

7. Place Bottle Parts onto Dish Rack to Dry

After you have rinsed your bottle parts and brought them back up to a dry state, place all of the pieces on a dish drying rack so they can dry completely.

8. Place Bottle Parts Back onto Baby Bottles to Assemble

Now that your bottles are clean, it is time to assemble them and get ready for the next use. Place all of the bottle parts back into their original assembly position and you will be good to go! Now that you know how to deep clean baby bottles, you can enjoy your time with your precious bundle even more.

How To Get Rid of Cloudy Bottle Nipples

There are a several ways to resolve the problem. And remember that cloudy bottle nipples can also result from washing with the wrong detergent, so be sure to read about how to clean bottle nipples properly.

Technique 1: Fill a dish pan or large bowl with hot water and add 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Place the nipples in the solution, swish them around for a few minutes and then leave them to soak overnight. After removing the stains and washing with a vinegar solution, rinse the nipples in hot water and let them dry completely before putting them back into service.

Technique 2: Run the nipples through the dishwasher on the hottest cycle with no detergent and rinse in a vinegar and water solution. Boil the nipples for five minutes, then let them air dry.

Technique 3: Soak bottle nipples in a solution of 1/2 cup ammonia, 2 tablespoons baking soda and 2 cups hot water. Use an old toothbrush and scrub the nipples to loosen milk residue.

Technique 4: Boil the nipples in a solution of 1 quart water and 3 tablespoons dishwashing liquid.

Technique 5: If there are still stains after using one of these techniques, soak the nipples in 1 cup water with 2 tablespoons lemon juice for 30 minutes, then scrub again with a toothbrush.

If the stains just won’t go away, it may be time to toss the nipples and buy a new set.

Why Do Bottle Nipples Get Cloudy

Have you ever noticed that your baby’s bottle nipples tend to get cloudy over time? It’s not just a cosmetic issue – the cloudiness is actually an indication that the nipple is harboring bacteria. This means that when you feed your baby, the liquid inside the bottle may appear to be cloudy instead of clear in some cases. Clear liquid is an indication that your product is not contaminated and it’s safe for your baby to drink.

What’s the Deal with Baby Bottle Nipples, Anyway?

If you’ve ever taken a close look at a baby bottle nipple, you’ll notice that it is made of a thin white or clear plastic. You may also notice some small holes in the nipple. Those holes help make the nipple more flexible and soft, so that it feels more like a mother’s breast.

Let’s take a closer look at what causes this cloudiness 

  • Cloudy bottle nipples can be caused by a number of things, such as:
  • Uneven heating of the product in the bottle, which can cause condensation to form on the outside of the nipple
  • Leaving the product in the bottle for multiple feedings without washing the bottle
  • Contamination with mold or fungus, which can be caused by uncleanliness or cold air that is trapped inside the nipple.

How to Clean Cloudy Plastic Baby Bottles

Cleaning cloudy plastic baby bottles can be a daunting task, but with the right tips and products it can be an easy job. So if your little one’s bottles are looking a little murky, read on for some help!

Step 1: Ensure bottles and nipples are clean and dry.

Ensure all parts of your bottle and nipple including the teat, base ring and cap are cleaned separately with hot soapy water as this will help prevent residue from being transferred back to other parts during cleaning.

We recommend using a bottle brush to ensure every part is cleaned thoroughly. Ensure all parts are thoroughly rinsed and allowed to dry completely before using again. You can also place your bottle and nipple in the dishwasher, top rack for a thorough clean.

Step 2: Add cleaning agent to your bottle or nipples 

Add the cleaning agent to your bottle or nipples, shake to ensure even distribution of product and allow to soak for 10 minutes.

Step 3: Prepare a pot of boiling water on stove top.

Prepare a pot of boiling water on your stove top that is large enough to fit your entire bottle (including the lid) or nipple(s). You can also use a microwave oven.

Step 4: Carefully place your bottle into pot of boiling water or into microwave oven.

Carefully place your bottle into the pot of boiling water or into the microwave with your cleaning agent and allow to boil for 10 minutes. Ensure your water does not reduce in level during boiling.

Step 5: Remove bottle from pot of boiling water or microwave oven and rinse thoroughly.

Remove your bottle from the pot of water or microwave oven using tongs or an oven mitt and rinse thoroughly under cold running tap water for at least 30 seconds, ensuring all parts are rinsed thoroughly. Ensure no parts are missing before placing on drying rack.

Step 6: Allow bottle to dry completely (overnight if possible) on drying rack with lid off and nipple(s) removed.

Allowing your bottle to dry completely overnight is important to ensure all steam residue has evaporated before using again. You can also place the bottle in the dishwasher, top shelf for a thorough clean.

Step 9: Reassemble your bottle and nipple(s) with teat placed last before boiling if needed.

Reassemble your bottle and nipple including the teat using hot soapy water or place in dishwasher, top shelf if available. Ensure all parts including the teat and nipple are dry before reassembing.

Please note that boiling your bottles will not sterilize them – we recommend using a steam sterilizer like the ones we’ve recommended to ensure all germs and residue is removed from feeding equipment.


Baby bottles are one of the most essential things for a new-born baby. In fact, the first few months of their life is built around feeding time with these bottles. As a new parent, you will be in constant worry about the hygiene of these bottles. Of course, washing the bottles are important, but you cannot sterilize these bottles regularly.

Bottle nipples that have been boiled should be thrown away if they show any signs of deterioration or leak. Never use bottle nipples that show any signs of damage. If the bottle nipples are discolored but not damaged, run them through the dishwasher before using them again.

A good way to clean the bottle nipples is using dish washer. If you are using a dishwasher, then you don’t have to spend much time to clean the nipples as it would be done during the dishwasher’s cycle.

To clean the nipples without dishwasher you can use a solution of water and vinegar, soak the nipples for about half an hour and then rinse the nipples. Before using the nipples for the baby again, clean them with soap. A baby bottle sanitizer can also be used to clean the nipples and to prevent the growth of bacteria on the nipples.

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