Can Dr Brown’s bottles go in the dishwasher? The answer is yes!
Here’s a video I made showing how to clean the bottles in your dishwasher.
You can break the bottles down and put them on the top rack of the dishwasher. I like to invert the bottle so that no liquid collects in it–if you stick it in facing upwards, you’ll just end up with a bottle full of water!
How to Dishwash Dr. Brown’s Bottles
You can either put the components into a dishwasher-safe container on the top rack, or you can use a dedicated Dr Brown’s caddy. Using your dishwasher’s silverware basket is a great option, too.
I like to run this on a cycle that uses the sanitize function on the dishwasher. This uses an extra long cleaning time or high heat to really clean out my bottles. It’s what the CDC says you should do to clean bottles in the dishwasher properly.
Preparing Dr. Brown’s Bottles for the Dishwasher
Although you can easily dishwash these bottles, it’s important to prepare them properly. Dr. Brown’s bottles have lots of parts (vent, ring, etc.) and each needs to be prepared for its dishwasher trip.
Firstly, I like to use a bottle brush to clean out any stuck-on milk residue from the inside of the bottle. Especially if you use powdered formula, you can get some grainy bits that stick on, and the dishwasher won’t get them off effectively.
A nice scrubbing with a bottle brush gets that gunk off, so the dishwasher can clean the bottle effectively.
The bottles also come with a little wire brush, which you can use to clean out the long, tubular vents. I don’t do this with every wash, but I try to do it any time the vent starts to get clogged.
These pre-cleaning steps add a bit of time, but they ensure that your bottles come out super clean after running through the dishwasher.
As I mentioned, you can easily place the components of your Dr. Brown’s bottles in the dishwasher without any fancy extras. Just make good use of your silverware tray.
If you want to make the process a bit easier, though, there’s two accessories I recommend. First, there’s the bottle brush that I showed above. It helps get stuck-on gunk out of the bottles. It’s also great when you’re traveling and need to clean out your bottles without a dishwasher.
I also use the Dr. Brown’s bottle caddy in my dishwasher, as I demo in the video above. It helps keep each piece of the bottle aligned properly for dishwashing.
Again, these accessories aren’t essential. But I find they make my job as a parent just a bit easier.
I’ve been cleaning my Dr Brown’s bottles in the dishwasher for about five years now, and it’s worked great for me. So yes, these are dishwasher safe. Keep them on the top rack, and you should be able to clean them in the dishwasher super easily.