The baby bottle is an item that babies use every day. As the saying goes, "disease enters through the mouth," so it is especially important to clean and disinfect baby bottles correctly. However, many novice parents are not knowledgeable about cleaning and disinfecting baby bottles. Below, we will explain in detail the 3 common misconceptions about bottle sterilizers.
Correct answer: Bottle sterilizers not only can kill 99.99% of bacteria, but also have a built-in drying function.
First of all, most people's habit of sterilizing bottles is to clean the bottles first, boil a pot of hot water, and put the bottle/pump parts in the hot water to sterilize them. However, this "boiling" process is actually very quick. Considering that the water will cool down after a while, most people can only leave the bottle in the water for 2-3 minutes before taking it out.
Such a short time is not enough to completely kill bacteria and viruses. After sterilizing, the bottle needs to be drained, which is likely to cause secondary contamination.
Looking at a bottle sterilizer, the whole process of disinfecting and drying takes an hour. For example, a steam bottle sterilizer sterilizes bottles with high-temperature steam at 120℃, which can remove residual milk stains, grease, and peeling from the bottle. In the case of long-term high-temperature steam disinfection, even the "severe" virus like the COVID-19 can be killed.
The UV baby bottle sterilizer uses high-intensity ultraviolet light to directly destroy the DNA of bacteria/viruses, making them unable to replicate and leading to their death. Its sterilization speed is faster and more direct.
Correct answer: They can not only sterilize bottles but also plates, food supplement bowls, breast pumps, adult cups, bowls and chopsticks,etc. and if it is a UV sterilizer, it can also sterilize masks, keys, mobile phones, towels, stuffed toys, baby clothes and so on. This depends on the design and capacity of the bottle sterilizer.
Correct answer: The steps for operating a bottle sterilizer are much more effortless than boiling water.
Although boiling water is an effective sterilization method, it is a bit far-fetched to say that the operation is more convenient than a bottle sterilizer.
For example, plastic bottles placed in boiling water are likely to melt and crack when they touch the bottom of the pot after filling the bottle with water. In addition, prolonged boiling will cause the bottles to turn yellow. As for glass bottles, using a good-quality one is fine, but if the quality cannot be guaranteed, there is a possibility the glass will rupture, causing danger. Also, one has to monitor the boiling process at all times, otherwise, it is easy to boil the bottle to ruin.
With a bottle sterilizer, just stack the cleaned bottles in it, and then start it. You don't have to worry about the bottle being boiled wrong. The entire process does not need to be monitored at all and, after sterilization, the bottles can be stored in the sterilizer until they are needed next time.