Sunday 3 August 2014

Milton Combi Microwave or Cold Water Steriliser & Sterilising Tablets - Review

With the new baby's arrival imminent and us having got rid of all of C's old things, we have been trying to repurchase everything. I am planning on breastfeeding initially but then hoping to express so that Chris can join in with feeding times.

Milton have very kindly sent us out one of their Combi Microwave or Cold Water sterilisers. This steriliser, as you have probably worked out by its name, is a 2-in-1 device. You can either use it in the microwave or just using cold water.

Firstly, I tried it out in the microwave. We have three different brands of bottle to try out with the baby as we want to see which ones she will prefer. This gave me a good opportunity to see how well each brand/size of bottle would fit. Our microwave isn't the largest but this steriliser does fit in but only with the turntable removed. It also, surprisingly, fits a lot of bottles and accessories so it makes my life easier! All I had to do wash pre-wash the bottles, pour exactly 200ml of water into the base, place the bottles in, screw the lid on and press the safety vent down. The safety vent was a completely new concept to me. This aim is to increase the temperature inside for better sterilisation. The highest wattage on my microwave is 800 so it took 6 minutes to sterilise the items fully. This time can vary. It can take 2 minutes at 1100W-1850W or 4 minutes at 850W-1000W.

When I retrieved it and opened the items out, it was clear to see that the bottles were thoroughly clean and sterile. I had no worries whatsoever. I love that it comes with tongs to remove the items too. 

Next, I tried cold water sterilising. Milton also sent us a pack of their Sterilising Tablets (which are clinically proven to kill 99.9% of germs) to use alongside this method (the steriliser does actually come with a pack of 28 tablets already). I've never tried this method before so I was a little sceptical about how clean they could be in just cold water and a little tablet. Again, I filled my steriliser with cold tap water (up to the 5L line this time), added in 1 tablet then submerged my items and closed the lid. I left it for just 15 minutes and upon opening, I was really surprised at how well it worked! You don't need to rinse the items after they have been in the solution and you can even keep the items in the solution until you need them. You just need to make sure that you renew the solution after 24 hours.

I have to say, I don't think I have a method preference. I felt safe in the knowledge that the germs had been throughly killed during both the microwave and cold water methods. I love that it comes with an easy carry handle too as that's something that I felt was missing with C's old steriliser. 

You can purchase your own Combi steriliser for £24.99 on Amazon and the Sterilising Tablets for £3.79 for a pack of 28 also from Amazon.

Are you a fan of microwave or cold water sterilising? I'd love to know your thoughts!

(Disclaimer: I received these items free of charge in exchange for an open and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

1 comment on "Milton Combi Microwave or Cold Water Steriliser & Sterilising Tablets - Review"
  1. I have a tommee tippee steriliser (as we have tommee tippee bottles) but we used the Milton tablets at work for the children's bottles! :D