Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow Bottles are by far the best bottles that we have ever used. They discourage colic and ear infections while preserving vitamins and lipids (which your baby needs!). That’s a whole lot of use from a baby bottle, which is why we use them exclusively in our household.
Some parents find the bottles difficult to clean though, and they want to know whether or not Dr. Brown’s baby bottles can be cleaned in the dishwasher. This is a reasonable question; some bottles are only supposed to be hand washed. Thankfully, Dr. Brown’s Bottles can be safely washed in the top rack of the dishwasher. And with a few good tools, the bottles aren’t nearly as hard to clean.
Before we get into the best way to wash Dr. Brown’s bottles, it’s important to note that these bottles are completely free of Bisphenol A (BPA). BPA is an industrial chemical that can harm your baby if a significant amount is ingested. And what’s terrifying is that there is some research to show that dishwashers can actually release BPA from baby bottles. Which is why it is recommended that you use BPA-free bottles to ensure your baby’s health. And that’s exactly why Dr. Brown’s bottles are completely free of BPA, and why it’s safe to wash these bottles in the dishwasher.
Dr. Brown’s bottles have numerous parts to wash; the innovative, awesome vent technology needs to be washed too. But if you just put these parts into the dishwasher, you’ll likely end up with small bottle parts getting broken. So if you do plan to wash these bottles in the dishwasher, do yourself a favor and get a quality dishwasher basket. The Munchkin Deluxe Dishwasher Basket works well with Dr. Brown’s bottle parts and the basket is BPA-free.
Before putting the bottles in the dishwasher, you might consider at least cleaning out some of the leftover milk or formula. We find that Dr. Brown’s bottle brushes work really well and make cleaning out the bottles easy. In fact, you may just find that these brushes work well enough that you don’t even need to use the dishwasher anymore.