How to Get Smell Out of a Baby Bottle

Breast milk and formula are what babies rely on for nourishment and growth. However, the baby bottles that contain these fluids often experience the unwanted side-effect of developing an unpleasant sour odor.

Once this odor develops, the bottles can often require more steps than traditional cleaning to return the bottle to normal. Fortunately, by using some of the below solutions, you will be able to freshen your babies bottle in a safe and natural way.

Traditional Deodorizing Advice

1 Heat Principle

Hot water is essential because it cause the bottle to expand and allow easier access to the built up organic materials along the interior walls of the bottle that cause the sour odor. As a rule of thumb, you will need to clean the baby bottle with the same temperature of water that the milk reached before being severed to the newborn baby.

2 Regularly Soak with Soap

While hot water and dish detergent is not always effective, it can work well in disarming minor odors and preventing a sour smell from developing. Draw a bath of hot water within one side of the sink and add three teaspoon of dish detergent. Open the baby bottle and allow for it to soak within the water for 1-2 hours. Once this time has passed give the bottle a healthy scrub, making sure to brush off any vibe signs of milk or formula build-up. Once the bottle has received a rinse, you can give it a smell test and place it back within use.

Baby Bottle Deodorizing Solution

1 Baking Soda Mixture

This solution has been used for generations by desperate mothers hoping to prevent the sour smell left behind from milk. Add 3 teaspoons of baking soda within the empty baby bottle, and fill the remaining portion of the bottle with hot water. Once the bottle becomes full, close the lid and give the bottle a good shake ensuring that the powder mixes with the water to create a deodorizing solution. Allow the sealed bottle to sit for 2-3 hours before opening it to pour out the contents and rinse it out.

2 Hot Water & White Vinegar Concoction

Another natural solution for deodorizing baby bottles is the use of white vinegar and hot water. This household acid works miracles at cutting though difficult odors and refreshening enclosed spaces. Mix one part white vinegar with three parts hot water in filling the baby bottle to the top. Once completed, close the lid of the baby bottle and provide 2-3 hours for the vinegar to neutralize the sour milk odor within the bottle. Once this time has passed, return to empty the baby bottle, and rinse it out thoroughly under warm water. The bottle may be left with a scent of vinegar, however this should go away shortly after the bottle dries out.

3 Grandpas Hot Vodka Remedy

This may sound like a crazy solution for your newborn’s bottle, but the alcohol within vodka works to eliminate odors and leave bottles smelling fresh. Fill the bottle with one part vodka and four parts hot water. Seal the lid, give the bottle a good shake and allow 2-3 hours for the alcohol to neutralize the stench of built up milk within the bottle. Once complete, thoroughly rinse out the bottle and put it back within use.

Additional Deodorizing Solutions For Glass Bottles

The following solutions work well in treating glass bottles. If used for plastic bottles, these solutions could potentially lead to the staining of the bottle’s interior lining. For plastic bottles, proceed at your own risk.

1 Sealed Hot Decaffeinated Coffee

Coffee in the form of ground and drink can be used to solve a number of household odor problems. Make a small pot of decaffeinated coffee and pour within the top of the baby bottle seal the top, and allow for the bottle to sit for 1-2 hours. Once this time has passed, pour out the decaffeinated coffee and rinse out the bottle before refilling with your baby’s milk.

2 Crushed Activated Charcoal

If you have the available time, using crushed charcoal can work wonders in neutralizing your baby’s bottle. Take one activated charcoal briquette and crush it into a fine powder. once completed, pour within the baby bottle and fill the remaining area with hot water and seal the lid. Allow for the bottle to sit for 3-4 days before returning to pour the contents out and clean out with hot water and dish detergent.


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Joe Fresh

Joe is an odor combatant, chemistry extraordinaire and all around good guy. He has an over-productive olfactory system with absolutely zero tolerance for unpleasant aromas.

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