Losing track of plastic baby bottles containing milk can pose a health hazard if the baby finds it, but this can happen even when the most attentive caregiver is in charge. Bottles can end up behind or beneath furniture and under the seats of vehicles, and they can be lost very easily. When they are found the milk has often separated and curdled, and it leaves behind a strong sour smell. If the bottles are too far gone, throw them away. They are cheap in price and easy to replace. However, if they can be saved, try the following easy ways to get rid of the smell of sour milk in baby bottles. They really are very easy to deodorize using natural products.
Begin by Thoroughly Cleaning the Bottles
Plastic baby bottles can be difficult to clean, especially after finding them filled with sour milk clinging to the sides. A bottle brush does a good job, but the bristles do not always reach every nook and cranny. If a dishwasher is available, invest in a container to hold the plastic baby bottles during the dishwashing process. This is by far the best way to clean and sanitize plastic baby bottles. The container will hold the bottles at the perfect angle, and the high-pressure water and detergent will remove the sour milk residue along with the smell.
For those without a dishwasher, begin by soaking the plastic baby bottles in a solution containing ten percent bleach and hot water. After they have soaked for at least thirty minutes, drain the sink, and refill it with hot soapy water. Use a high-quality bottle brush to clean away the sour milk residue. Rinse the bottles thoroughly, and allow them to air-dry before putting them away without the nipples and rings or lids in place. Otherwise, any remaining moisture will stay inside, and the smell of sour milk will remain.
If the smell of sour milk remains after thoroughly washing and sanitizing the plastic baby bottles, use one of the following methods to naturally get rid of the smell. If the containers have been properly cleaned, either method will get rid of the sour milk smell for good.
Try Baking Soda and Water
Add about one ounce of baking soda to a freshly washed plastic baby bottle, and fill the rest of the way with hot water. Cover the top, and shake the bottle until the baking soda dissolves. Allow it to work to get rid of the smell of sour milk for several hours or overnight. Rinse away the baking soda, and wash and rinse the bottle as usual.
Try Vinegar and Water
Vinegar is also a natural cleaner and deodorizer, and it works very well to get rid of the smell of sour milk in plastic items. Add about one ounce of white vinegar to the bottom of the bottle, and fill it the rest of the way with hot water. Allow it to soak overnight or for at least eight hours. Rinse it away, and wash and rinse the bottle as directed. Chances are the smell of sour milk will be gone. In any case, the bottle will be clean, sanitized, and ready to use.