Cleaning Sippy Cups & Pacifiers With Vinegar

1-Pinned itA while back I saw a pin for How to Remove the Stench from Sippy Cups…. if you are a mom of toddlers/preschoolers I know you know that smell! It’s the smell of curdled milk, mixed with fermented apple juice, with a touch of caked on mold. I’ve tossed many of sippy cups because I couldn’t get that stench out of my kids sippy cups. I was more than willing to try this method if it 1) saves us money and 2) makes my life easier. I also figured if it works on sippy cups it should work on pacifiers too!

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1-photo (14)Now before I could work on getting the stench out of our sippy cups, I had to sanitize the lids and cups because my kids have now all shared an illness and I didn’t want it to spread any further. So I went to Pinterest to find a pin I found a long time ago that I use to sanitize all lids (especially after we’ve shared an illness). It is mix of bleach and water I found that is the best for cleaning out all the germs.

I used the bleach and water disinfectant after I had ran them through the dishwasher.

1-photo (15)Then as soon as I was done disinfecting the lids. I threw all the parts of the cups into a 1/2 vinegar, 1/2 water bath and let them soak for 30 minutes. (This is the same thing I did with the pacifiers.)

1-photo (16)I let them air dry for about a half hour then I dried the excess water off with a towel.

1-photo (17)It worked like a charm and they are now squeaky clean!

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1-photo (20)Now I must get to disinfecting the rest of the house so that no one else has to suffer through this yucky bug!!

I give these pins TWO BIG THUMBS UP! The cups and pacifiers in this house are all now sanitized and smelling very fresh! So next time your little ones cups and/or paci’s are stinky and need disinfected you should use these easy methods to get them in tip top shape!



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  1. I love vinegar! I clean pretty much everything with vinegar and peroxide. It’s amazing.

    • I never used to use vinegar to clean (except for water spots in the shower) but my friend was telling me all the ways she uses it to clean and I ran out to buy a gallon! Now I LOVE to clean with it!

  2. I hope the yuckies don’t come back after all of your cleaning! Vinegar is the coolest product!

    • Thanks, so far I still have three sick kids but my house feels fresher so hopefully that means the germs have all left the building. 😉

  3. Thanks for the tips, I need to do this with the oodles of sippies we have.

    • It made cleaning the sippys so much easier! After soaking in the vinegar and water the dirt slid right off! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  5. Thank you for the article. I googled and came up with this as a result this morning when trying to find out if I could sanitize my babies’ pacifiers with vinegar. Turns out I can! I have 5-month-old twin boys and I think I just got pink eye so I’m trying to clean everything in sight (including my hands) in hopes they don’t get it. Really happy I came across your article, thanks much.

    • I’m glad you found the post helpful! I love how quick easy and safe it is to use vinegar to clean my children’s pacifiers and cups/bottles!


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