How to keep your kids’ sippy cup clean
If your child has just ditched a baby bottle, congratulations. It’s an important step that your child gets bigger. Next, he or she will probably be using sippy cup instead, which is the most recommended for the spill-free design. However, the best part is just what makes it the most difficult to use. Inside the straws, valves, and other crevices, you may find bacteria and mold thrive.
Why mold grows
The crevices of a sippy cup are usually hard-to-reach places that it’s easy for food residue, milk or juice to stay. The spill-free design also creates a closed space for moisture and warmth, causing mold to grow thrivingly.
How to clean a sippy cup
It’s not easy to keep your sippy cup clean all the time, but it really worth it. The first thing to remember is to rinse the cup right after your child use it, which can help remove food residue as much as possible.
When you think it’s time to have a thorough wash for the sippy cup, follow the instructions below:
- Disassemble the sippy cup: The small elements of the sippy cup are sometimes difficult to remove. In this case, watch the video on the official website to learn how to detach, or choose one that is easy to detach instead.
- Soak all parts in soapy water: Once you finish disassembly, soak all the parts in hot soapy water in order that the stains and gunk get loose and you can easily wash them off later.
- Completely clean the stains: After the second step, there may still be some stubborn stains in the corner, this is where your little brush plays a role. Use a bottle brush to clean the inside of the sippy cup, and a straw brush to reach the straw until you cannot see any food particles.
- Sterilize the sippy cup: To ensure the cup is completely clean and safe to use, you can also sterilize it. The easiest method is to soak the cup in boiling water for about ten minutes. Or place it in a solution that contains one gallon of water and two tsp of bleach. But make sure to fully rinse all the bleach later.
- Air-dry the cup: Never assemble all the cup elements until they are fully dry, or else the water can still be the playground of mold. So, just air dry the cup in a place with good ventilation.