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Parenting tips: How to sanitize baby bottles

Having a new baby in your home comes with a lot of changes. One of these changes is having to wash all those feeding items, parts, and accessories. When you think about how to clean baby bottles, you should know that there are various items out there which you can use. Read on to learn about these products to make sure your bottles and other feeding items are always ready for your baby.

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OXO Tot Bottle Brush with Nipple Cleaner and Stand

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OXO Tot Bottle Brush with Nipple Cleaner and Stand, Gray

Six to eight feedings a day? Make sure clean bottles are ready for the next feeding with the OXO Tot Bottle Brush. The Brush features soft and firm bristles for gentle cleaning or serious scrubbing ...

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My last two Munchkin bottle brushes broke, so I went with something different this time. I'm so glad I did.... while I thought many aspects of the Munchkin design were clever, this is SUCH an improvement.I thought I would miss having the sponge from the Munchkin brush, but these soft bristles are much better for washing baby bottles. It's not like I'm scrubbing pans... this brush better fits the job at hand and the bristles aren't as stiff as they look in the picture. They gently (but thoroughly) clean every nook & cranny.Where the Munchkin bottle has the screw-in nipple brush in the base that always falls out (grr), this brush has a similar design but the nipple brush locks into place. Also, the damp nipple brush isn't sealed away into the handle like Munchkin -- it gets air exposure, so everything dries properly between uses and won't grow mildew.The handle is comfortable. The provided base is easy to use. The length is right. There is nothing that looks like it will rust / bend / break over time (except possibly the wire attaching the aforementioned nipple brush... time will tell.... but even this brush is attached at two points, so I think the stress on the place where the wire attaches to the handle would be lessened.)I love when a product is designed simply but cleverly. A bad bottle brush can be a daily annoyance. This bottle brush actually brings me joy, ha. Marie Kondo would approve.
May 8, 2017
This brush was a disappointment. I was interested in trying something different, as I've always used Dr. Brown's bottle brushes. The modern look of OXO's product line is so appealing, however, in the case of this brush, the function was lacking and the bristles on the top (the green bristles) were flat and ineffective after only two uses. I ordered two of my old favorite, Dr. Brown's Deluxe Bottle Brush two days after receiving this.
January 20, 2017
Here's why I like this brush:1) The bristles are flexible but not flimsy2) The brush head isn't too wide (the brush we had before this one had a much wider head, and every time you pulled it out of a bottle the bristles flung water all over the place as they snapped back into position).3) It has a nice release mechanism for unscrewing the bottom of the handle, which houses the nipple cleaner) you push a spring-loaded button which allows you to unscrew the handle. But the brush doesn't separate on its own like the previous one we used, which would come apart all the time while we were using it.4) The included base gives you an easy way to store the brush without having to put it down on the counter and dirty the bristles.5) The brush generally has a good feel and "heft" to it.
September 25, 2017

You can use this OXO tot bottle brush to clean various feeding equipment of babies such as nipples, bottles, and the different parts of breast pumps. The brush has a flexible neck, and its head can fit most of the standard bottle sizes. This product comes in a gray color, but it’s also available in OXO tot bottle brush with nipple cleaner and stand, orange, and other colors.

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  • The head of the brush has 2 different types of bristles.
  • The ventilation holes of this brush help the nipple cleaner get dry faster.
  • The brush has a soft and comfortable grip which won’t slip even from wet hands.

Cons

  • The bristles on the top tend to flatten after some use.

Conclusion

This bottle brush features firm and soft bristles making it suitable for serious scrubbing or gentle cleaning. The handle has a soft and comfortable grip so it won’t slip out of your hands even if they’re wet.

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OXO Tot Straw and Sippy Cup Top Cleaning Set

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OXO Tot Straw and Sippy Cup Top Cleaning Set, Aqua

Tiny tools for squeaky clean spouts and straws. Keeping your kids' cups clean as a whistle is all in a day's work for the Oxo Tot Straw and Sippy Cup Top Cleaning Set. The straw brush is sized to ...

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These should be on every baby registry. How did I not know about these sooner?! These do so well in getting into every nook and cranny of not just baby bottles, but sippy cups, with and without straws. These come especially handy in cleaning out straws (for toddlers and adult cups), and our Munchkin Miracle 360 sippy cups. While cleaning the latter, it was hard for me to get inside the little nook underneath the rubber mouthpiece. I usually had to use a Q-tip to clean it out. But the cleaning set includes this oval-shaped brush which is sturdy enough to get into the crevices on the underside of sippy cup covers. Life hack: I also use this to clean the crevices of my food processor and blender.
January 9, 2018
I bought this to replace a similar OXO set I bought a long time ago that needed replacement, only I did not need the bottle cleaner in the other set and thought the pick tool in this set would be more helpful. The main tool I wanted in the set is the little looped brush, which has proven to be a very useful shape for cleaning in tight areas of small appliances like my food processor. The straw cleaner is shorter than the one in the old set, but should still work on our straws. The "pick" tool was not in the other set I had but should prove helpful for tight little areas brushes struggle to reach. Overall, I am pleased with this purchase and have no reason to think these won't last a few years like the previous set from this brand did.
January 27, 2018
This thing is the best! I use all three devices--it is much more useful than a simple straw-type cleaner. I feel confident putting things like milk and yogurt drinks in sippys now that I know I can get them perfectly clean after use. And it even cleans my Camelbak really well!The little stick part cleans the holes in the sippy spouts, including the holes in the no-spill Nuby sippys.The straw cleaner is sturdy and cleans the straws for my daughter's Playtex sippys as well as for my own Camelbak bottle.The oval-shaped piece is my favorite part. It fits nicely inside the spout/bite valve of a Camelbak and in all the crevices of the sippy lids.**I wanted to add that after using this for maybe a month, the straw cleaner detached from the orange handle. It is only embedded in the handle a short distance. I would change my rating from 5 stars to 3 stars because of how quickly this happened after purchase.**
August 17, 2012

This is another excellent product that comes with handy bottle cleaning accessories. With it, you can make sure that your little one has squeaky clean straws and spouts. The size of the straw brush allows it to slide into sports bottles and straw cups perfectly. The lid brush gives you access to those hard-to-reach places while the spout cleaner is as slim as a toothpick!

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  • It’s a whole cleaning set which includes 3 different tools for cleaning sippy cups.
  • Each of the tools has a soft and comfortable grip.
  • The cleaning tools are dishwasher-safe and held together by a convenient ring.

Cons

  • The bristles may come off after some time.

Conclusion

This is a handy tool that all come in a ring for easy storage and portability. It comes with 3 brushes of different shapes. It’s more than just a baby bottle brush since it’s a whole set of cleaning accessories!

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Boon Bud Drying Rack Accessory

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Boon Bud Drying Rack Accessory, Blue

Cut the crap. It's your kitchen counter-but does it feel more like a baby accessory dumping ground? Well Bud is here to clear the clutter. Just pair him with one of our adorable drying racks (which ...

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I use two of these stems with my grass drying rack. I can easily pile 2 sets of pump parts and 10 bottles, rings, and nipples onto the set.
February 7, 2013
Boon is genius. They invented a drying rack in the form of gorgeous grass and made "attachments" in the form of flowers...who wouldn't want to buy them all? We bought the lawn and accompanying accessories to make our drying process cuter/cleaner.Favorite:-STEM: this actually dries our bottle caps very well...we can fit three of the Dr. Brown's caps there so it dries in the air, and then in the inside stems we hang three nipples or smaller parts.Good:-TWIG: this was great in concept, but the spacing between each branch actually is too close. You end up pretty much seeing two branch serve as one...by hanging one nipple, it takes up too much room that you can't use the neighboring branch. A nice way to hang dry nipples.Okay:-BUD: The sponge holder definitely does well in holding the sponge, even if it is heavier cause you forgot to squeeze out the water weight. It will not tip to the side. The only downside is that with the sponge in, it does take up a lot of real estate on the precious grass...so we hardly use it anymore.
September 29, 2015
This boon twig grass and lawn drying rack accessory is perfect if you own the Boon Grass Counter top Drying rack. It fits in and is where we put her binkies and her teething ring. I like that it is pleasant looking and functional.It is taller than I thought it was going to be (which is perfect cause the bottles dont get in the way)I would love it if this product came in brown so it looked like a try in the grass...... how cute would that be.anyway I would definitely buy this product as well as the Boon Grass Countertop Drying rack.if you found this review helpful please click yes belowMy thoughts and criteria for products I review based on the Amazon's rating criteria★★★★★ = Amazed by the product! The product was nearly if not perfect! I will purchase again and/or recommend to my friends and family! Exceeds expectations and is a great product!★★★★ = Like the product. Product is as described and the quality is not lacking. Might have small things I would change, but no big issues. Would recommend is brought up but don’t just love it.★★★ = This product is just okay. There are pros and there are cons. I’m not positive if I will continue to use it. This is a product that might work better for someone else but just doesn’t work great for me. Could be worth purchasing for someone else.★★ = Not a fan of this product. Wouldn’t use the product again and wouldn’t recommend it, but I might still have one positive thing to say about the product.★ = I hate this product. I will never use this product and maybe nothing else from the seller again. Its either throw away or return, not safe to use, or just not worth anything. Definitely wouldn’t recommend and have nothing good to say about the product.
September 9, 2016

This rack accessory perfectly pairs with the drying rack from the same brand, and it will help you de-clutter your kitchen. It can hold straws, bottle brushes, and sponges. This accessory will keep all your cleaning tools upright for faster drying. It’s totally safe for your little one since it’s free of PVC, BPA, and phthalates.

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  • It’s a versatile product which you can use with the Boon drying racks for the countertop.
  • It can hold straws, sponges, and bottle brushes too.
  • The accessory is totally safe since it’s free of PVC, BPA, and phthalates.

Cons

  • Some don’t appreciate the height of the accessory.

Conclusion

With this drying rack accessory, you can keep your countertop neat and organized. Just pair it with a drying rack from Boon Bud, and you can use it to keep all your cleaning accessories upright and accessible.

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Boon Grass Countertop Drying Rack

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Boon Grass Countertop Drying Rack,Green

A fresh take on drying racks. From bottles to pacifiers, Grass holds all your baby accessories as they air dry on the flexible blades that resemble real grass. Water drains into the lower tray, where ...

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This is useful in the sense that it keeps a designated area for all the bottles and little pieces, even pump parts. I use it after hand washing items mostly, a staging area before I reassemble a bottle and put them on their shelf.I imagine many are thinking the bottom white tray gets really gross and moldy, but we've been using it for over 3 months and it's great. We also don't put sopping wet items on it though; I shake off excess water before anything sits on it. It's a better option than using a towel, that's for sure.I've also attached a photo of how some bottles hang off the edge; a Haakaa type device, breast pump flanges, etc. seemingly float there too. This is how you get plenty of items on this rack.When I go back to work, this will be even more useful, in my opinion. My caregivers will be using more bottles, I'll be pumping more regularly; I'm even thinking of buying one for work. I don't want little pieces and baby items on the same drying rack with giant dishes or pots and pans. My mother also stays with us, and while she's cooking raw meats, she'll sift through the kitchen drying rack sometimes for who knows what, and this rack will avoid her accidentally touching baby items. (Do not ask why she doesn't understand how to handle raw food; I've tried explaining things to her. We're all living in our own generational b.s.)I avoid giving it five stars though because it takes up precious counter space (we even keep it on the dining table in our kitchen). I also am not a huge fan of the color, although it could be worse. I'm not sure what market study group thought "grass" was cool for a baby drying rack, but oh well. I see it now comes in white, so there's that option too. I'm more of a grey or purple person. 🙂
October 12, 2017
oh how I wish I knew about the Boon Grass Drying Panel during my previous pregnancies. This is by far THE best set up for dying bottles and parts needed for feeding your baby. I can also see it coming in handy after it's tim to pack up the bottles and pump parts away.I needed a comfortable solution where I wouldn't dread washing the many parts it takes to feed my little babe. Mind you he is exclusively breastfed, pumping is still a pivotal process in maintaining a healthy milk supply. But I would seriously dread constantly cleaning them. Even after previously buying extra parts thinking this would encourage me even more! It wasn't until I went ahead and invested in this set up that I am meeting every pumping mark during my busy schedule. I also ordered this metal cabinet to store extra essentials like suplemements, breast milk bags, etc and I am very happy!!!
May 31, 2017
I love this product. I have been a little behind on chores lately (easy to do with a baby). So I had more bottles to wash than normal. There are 10 bottles on here, plus pump parts, plus medication syringes. I had no room left for the rings, but that's okay because they dry easily. Normally, there is plenty of room for the 5 or so bottles plus pump parts I would have. I would highly recommend this product to any parent with a baby. But I would especially recommend it for babies who take medications, as the syringes are so typically so hard to dry. It's also a must have for pump parts as I find them incredibly difficult to air dry without this rack. Everything dries on this rack well. I do like the tree I purchased separately, but it is a tad wobbly and the angles aren't quite right to hold the nipples on perfectly. Great product overall!
May 25, 2017

This is one of the best baby drying racks on the market now, and you can pair it with the rack accessory from the same brand. This product has flexible blades which look like real grass, and it will hold all your cleaning accessories in one place. As they dry, the water drains down to the lower tray, so it doesn’t make a mess.

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  • The drying rack has a low-profile design making it a great addition to any kitchen.
  • It can easily hold various items of all sizes and shapes upright while they dry.
  • Has a design that’s easy to clean.

Cons

  • Molds may form on it after some time.

Conclusion

This product provides a fresh and innovative take on drying racks as it’s both stylish and functional too. It has a low-profile design which can hold various items of all sizes and shapes. It’s a two-piece drying rack that’s easy to use and easy to clean.

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OXO Tot Bottle Brush with Nipple Cleaner

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OXO Tot Bottle Brush with Nipple Cleaner, Teal

Six to eight feedings a day? Make sure clean bottles are ready for the next feeding with the OXO Tot Bottle Brush. The Brush features soft and firm bristles for gentle cleaning or serious scrubbing ...

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Great bottle brush.... I use it to clean my glass tea tumblers (and black tea with milk always leaves residue!), and also my Stainless steel travel mugs. Works excellent and to me is much better than the Dr Browns bottle brush (I bought them at the same time, but regret the Dr Browns). Although Dr Browns is cheaper, this one is of much better quality. And because it's got bristles at the bottom and not the spongy tip, it cleans the bottoms much better! Would buy this again!
April 29, 2017
This brush does not get a lot of heavy use from so you may want to take this into consideration. I also think some reviewers have overstated the quality of this item and other have been overly brutal as well.-HandleThe handle comfortable and feels like it is made of the same soft rubber material we have come to expect from many of OXO's products. It is not so oversized as some of their handles have been in the past (and I've got some decnet sized paws). I have noticed a couple of complaints about the handle loosening in other reviews. I have not had an issue with the handle unscrewing, but do notice some play in the tightening direction. This issue could have been greatly reduced, if not eliminated, by not rounding the corner on the latching mechanism and can clearly be seen in the, currenlty, only customer image(This is more for the designers, should they stumble onto this). This in turn creates play in the handle while rotating it during use.-Nipple BrushThe nipple brush has apparently been redesigned and is well demonstrated in a customer pic. I do not clean nipples so i will not comment on its intended use.-BristlesThe white bristles are quite soft as their description states, so much so that they will slightly deform if there is pressure placed on them for an extended period of time such as laying the brush down on its side. This problem can be eliminated by either purchasing the stand, or just positioning it in such a way that the brush is not laying on the bristles. The bristles will not be permanently deformed. Once the bristles are exposed to warm water they bounce back quickly and may even do so over time without the warmth. The green brisltes seem to be a bit firmer, and if so, not substantially enough to be absolutely certain. The head of the brush is small enough, and the bristles flexible enough, for the head to get into openings that would seem to be much too small for it to enter (leaving that alone.)
December 30, 2016
This brush is good for cleaning out bottles, but in my opinion, the bristles are way too soft. If you have anything needed to be cleaner from a corner or not just liquid, this brush probably won't do the job. The nipple cleaner on the other hand is very stiff and may damage nipples. Overall, if you just use this for cleaning bottles and you are gentle with the nipple cleaner, you might be okay... but I personally think there are better options out there for the price.
May 10, 2018

If you’re a fan of OXO tot bottle feeding accessories, you’re sure to love this one too. If you don’t have a baby bottle washer, you can still sanitize your little one’s bottles with this high-quality bottle brush. It has firm and soft bristles, a handle with a non-slip feature, and a nipple cleaner too.

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  • The brush head comes with 2 different types of bristles, and it also has a flexible neck.
  • The nipple cleaner is of silicone making it suitable for cleaning different items.
  • It’s dishwasher-safe and free of PVC and BPA.

Cons

  • Some claim that the bristles are too soft.

Conclusion

With this bottle brush, you can clean all your little one’s bottles and have them ready for every feeding. Inside its non-slip handle is a nipple cleaner that’s made of silicone which can clean nipples and the accessories of breast pumps more efficiently.

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Boon Lawn Countertop Drying Rack

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Boon Lawn Countertop Drying Rack White

Basically, we took everything you love about Grass and made it bigger. The flexible grass blades hold all your just-washed baby accessories. (And whatever else you want.) Plus it’s like having a ...

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The answer is an astounding YES. I stumbled upon this product while I was pregnant and reading all the must-have-items-for-new-moms lists. The Boon Drying Rack was one of them. I will admit at the time that I really couldn't understand the hype.I read some reviews on amazon but was still pretty much, "Eh, I'll live without it." This is partially because I'm a whore for aesthetics and just did not like the really grassy green color. I couldn't see it really fitting in with my decor. When I saw it in person at Babies "R" Us I was kind of glad I definitely decided against it.Then one day I was drying bottles and suddenly felt very overwhelmed because I had no space for them and they weren't really drying with my configuration on my normal rack. I immediately started to research bottle drying racks on Amazon and I saw that they made the Boon Lawn Countertop Drying Rack in WHITE. This made all the difference to me and although I wasn't entirely convinced of it's magical drying properties I ordered it with next day shipping.WOW was I pleasantly surprised. So simple yet so innovative. This absolutely accommodated all of my bottles and accessories and I could definitely tolerate it aesthetically on my granite countertop. I ended up liking it so much that I ordered another one - one for baby bottles and one to dry my drinking glasses!I started to explore the accessories and bought the bottle brush holder and a few of these handy "trees" that hold bottle rings and nipples and some pacifiers: Boon Twig Drying Rack Accessory 2 Pack, Gray and White I really love these Boon products. Being a creative person I enjoy "playing" with the rack and twigs. I'm always finding new configurations. Maybe it's lame but being home-bound with a colicky 2 month old and having to wash his bottles during the only free 10 minutes you have when he's not screaming - you WILL be grateful for anything you can entertain yourself with.It's easy to clean, functional and holds a surprising amount of items. I now use the Dr. Brown bottles and am able to fit all the parts in my little white grasslands. I regret that I didn't take all the glowing reviews more seriously and put this on my registry. But I'm happy that I reconsidered on a whim because I found this in white. If they made this in black I might honestly layer it across the entire length of one of my granite countertops.Thanks, Boon
May 2, 2017
I originally had purchased the Dr. Brown's drying rack because I was using Dr. Brown's bottles. I had assumed that it would have been wonderful but it wasn't. It was clumsy and the bottles and parts would constantly fall off. VERY annoying. I finally had enough and purchased the Boon Grass... I LOVE IT! My husband loves it too! He had 2 children prior to me and said this is the best drying rack he has ever had. It holds a ton of stuff and you can not easily knock the parts off like the Dr. Brown's. I bought the trees with it which allows for even more space. It looks cute too! If I can figure out how to post a picture I will do. Don't hesitate to buy this product it is wonderful!
November 11, 2013
Newborn twins are a mess. They took over our house within in moments of coming through the door. For this type A mama, it was a horrifying side fm effect of the two most precious things in the world.A friend gave us one lawn at our shower and we promptly hopped on Amazon and bought a second to manage the sheer volume.The lawn and the accessories are a convenient and cute way to keep your bottles and pump parts organized. There is ample space in one for one baby's needs.
April 5, 2016

Here’s another one of the best baby bottle drying racks from Boon. It has grass blades which are very flexible and which can hold all your baby’s accessories which you’ve just washed. It’s a pretty drying rack with a low-profile design that makes it perfect for any kitchen. The drying rack is of a plastic material that’s easy to clean.

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  • It’s made of plastic, has a low-profile design, and its color makes it perfect for any kitchen.
  • You can use it for drying items of different sizes and shapes.
  • It’s a 2-piece rack that’s very easy to clean.

Cons

  • It’s not resistant to molds.

Conclusion

This drying rack has 2 pieces made of high-quality plastic. The low-profile design allows it to hold items of different sizes and shapes. Just place them on the rack upright for easy and fast drying.

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AmeriGoods Silicone Bottle Cleaning Brush

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Silicone Bottle Cleaning Brush With 12" Long Handle - Flexible Ergonomic Design - Best Scratch-Free Cleaning Tool For Water Bottles,...

Ever found yourself dumping good bottles because they were just impossible to clean? This handy cleaning brush will clean all shapes and sizes of bottles thoroughly and efficiently, leaving them ...

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I purchased this bottle brush being that I am a great fan of silicone product. Especially when it comes to baby products, hygiene is very important to me and I never feel like the bottle brushes are clean enough. Silicone can be washed very easily. The extra long handle (see photo) makes it easy to use on tall bottles as well as for water bottles. I even used it to clean a vase. I would definitely buy this product again.
May 24, 2017
These are exceptionally useful. They're MUCH heavier and stiffer in the stem/handle than I imagined, too. I don't know if this is how it's made, but it feels as if the stem is made of iron with silicone stretched over it. It's really easy to scrub things clean with this gadget. Actually, I wish there was a version with a larger bristle area and a bristle-only version (like a scrub sponge in size and shape).The dishwasher safe aspect means you never end up with a smelly scrub tool that ends up in a landfill somewhere after too little use.
January 22, 2018
Great cleaning brush! Used it on bottles, baby cups and other baby items. Gets into the grooves well and the brush itself can be washed very well!
June 19, 2017

This is another handy bottle cleaning brush with firm and flexible bristles made of silicone. It has a powerful and compact head which means that you can use it to clean the various contours of your little one’s bottles. It also has a longer handle to provide you with better reach and more leverage while washing.

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  • Has a long handle making it highly convenient and versatile.
  • It has a lightweight and ergonomic design which makes it efficient and easy to use.
  • The durable bottle brush is of silicone which naturally repels odors and dirt.

Cons

  • Some customers claim that it’s quite small.

Conclusion

This truly is a handy bottle brush as you can hang it on a hook in your kitchen to dry. It’s made of a high-quality silicone material which doesn’t absorb smells or grease. It’s a BPA-free brush that’s safe to use on your baby’s feeding accessories.

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Main conclusion

Now you have a better idea on how to sanitize baby bottles and other feeding items. If you want one with its own stand, then go for the OXO tot bottle brush with nipple cleaner and stand. But if you already have a brush but no place to dry your items on, then you can choose the Boon Grass Countertop Drying Rack that pairs well with the Boon Bud Drying Rack Accessory.

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