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MIlton Baby FAQs - Antibacterial dn Sterilising Questions


What is Milton Sterilising Fluid made of?

The active ingredient in the Milton Liquid Solution is Sodium Hypochlorite. If you are using the effervescent tablets, the active ingredient in Milton Tablet solution is Sodium Dichloroisocyanurate.

It is known that Milton Sterilising Fluid can be used as a disinfecting agent, but can it sterilise?

Milton will sterilise as long as the requirements for chemical sterilisation with hypochlorites are carried out. These are:

(a) Scrupulous attention to pre-cleansing of the item to be sterilised

(b) Stability of the active agent

(c) That the article to be sterilised is of a material compatible with hypochlorite and is so constructed that it can be cleaned properly

The Milton Method of cleaning bottles and teats incorporates these requirements.

Will the Milton Sterilising Fluid or Tablets kill Candida albicans, the fungi responsible for thrush?

All the Milton products will kill Candida albicans (the agent responsible for thrush).

Can Milton Sterilising Fluid be used for applications other than sterilising a baby’s feeding equipment?

You don’t have to have a baby to use Milton. Milton Sterilising Fluid can be used to disinfect kitchen work surfaces, chopping boards, wiping out fridges, microwaves, storage containers, pet bowls and bins. It can also be used to soak fruit and vegetables where the microbiological safety of such items is suspect.

How long should I sterilise baby's equipment for?

It is recommended to sterilise baby’s equipment and all feeding utensils from birth up until the baby’s 1st birthday and bottles and teats for as long as baby is using them.

Why is a baby's immune system different?

When a baby is born, it has certain antibody-like proteins called immunoglobulins, which it has received through the placenta. Another very important one is received from its mother after it is born. This immunoglobulin is called IgA and is present in the colostrum, the first part of mother’s milk. It places itself on the mucus membranes of the baby’s alimentary canal in order to help fight the bacteria that can cause gastroenteritis. Babies do not start to produce their own IgA until around 6 months of age. By their first birthday they have between 15 – 17% of their adult level.

Do I need to wash my products before I sterilise them?

Yes, rinse items in warm soapy water before you sterilise them in the made up Milton solution. Pay special attention to bottles and teats – you may need to use a bottle brush in order to make sure there is no milk residue left.

After sterilising, do you have to rinse bottles and teats before using them?

After removing items from the Milton solution, bottles and teats can be drained and used immediately – no need to rinse.

How long does Milton take to work?

Items are ready for use after just 15 minutes of complete immersion in the Milton solution but can be left soaking for up to 24 hours. Items can be added and removed to and from the solution throughout the day as and when they are needed.

Can I use Milton with warm or hot water?

Always use Milton Tablets and Solution with cold water only. Using warm or hot water with the Milton tablets or liquid will reduce the effectiveness of the solution.

Can I soak wood or metal in Milton?

Wood is a very porous material and it is therefore not advisable to soak it in the Milton solution. However, you can use the Milton solution to wipe down wooden surfaces. Do not place any base metal or silver products in the Milton solution.

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