How to Clean a Bottle Brush

Bottle brushes are used for cleaning many things, but are most well-known for cleaning baby bottles. Most bottle brushes, no matter what they are intended to clean, consist of a flexible metal stem, with one end covered in plastic bristles. Many brushes are tapered so they can be easily inserted into a bottle opening. Cleaning bottle brushes is essential if you wish to re-use them. If these brushes aren't cleaned properly, you risk contaminating the very items you are trying to clean with the brushes.

How to Clean a Bottle Brush

Step 1

Fill a sink basin with hot water and 1 tbsp. of liquid dish detergent. Put the bottle brush in the water.

Step 2

Let the brush soak in the hot soapy water for at least 15 minutes. This will loosen debris stuck to the brush.

Step 3

Use a clean plastic comb to gently comb through the brush. This will remove trapped food or dirt particles from the bristles.

Step 4

Rinse the brush under warm or hot water. Place the brush in a clean bowl or on a clean plate. Pour hydrogen peroxide over it, making sure the peroxide gets on all the bristles.

Step 5

Let the peroxide remain on the brush for at least 15 minutes to help sanitize it. Rinse off the brush under running water and let it air dry.