Which bottles fit in the electric and microwave sterilizers?
All Closer to Nature bottles – 150ml, 260ml and 340ml will fit in both the electric and microwave sterilizers
Can I lay bottles down in my sterilizer?
We recommend that you do not lay bottles down flat whilst using your sterilizer as steam needs to get inside, as well as around the bottles. The process wouldn't be as effective if they were lying down. Try angling bottles diagonally if possible.
How do I reassemble bottle parts after sterilization?
As long as you wash your hands thoroughly before touching the sterilized items, you should be fine. If in doubt, the nipple tongs which are provided with both the electric and microwave sterilizers are perfect for this.
How do I descale my sterilizer?
There are two easy options for descaling your electric steam sterilizer. One being that of using a descaler which is specifically designed for electric steam sterilizers. The other being that of using white vinegar by following the instructions below.
1. Empty the sterilizer, wiping down the inside with a sponge or damp cloth.
2. Pour in 1 cup = 250ml of white vinegar.
3. Leave for at least 30 minutes, or up to 24-hours dependant on the extent of the limescale.
4. Pour any remaining liquid down the sink. Rinse the interior of the sterilizer well with cool water, using a clean sponge or damp cloth to remove any build-up that came loose as a result of the descaling / cleaning process.
5. Plug your sterilizer back in, adding the regular volume of water for a normal cycle. Turn on and run for 5-minutes which will remove any additional build-up.
6. Upon completion, rinse sterilizer again and use as directed.
We recommend carrying out the descaling process approximately every 4-weeks. If you notice limescale earlier than 4-weeks, descaling may be required sooner. Living in a hard water area can produce limescale quicker than other areas.
Why should I descale my electric sterilizer?
Descaling your electric steam sterilizer will remove the build-up of lime scale which naturally develops over time on and around the heat plate. It's important to note that the long term build-up of lime scale can impact the operation of your unit, causing damage to the heat plate. If you don’t descale the sterilizer, the life of the product can be affected.
How often should I descale my sterilizer?
We recommend you descale your sterilizer every 4 weeks, unless you are in a hard water area in which case you will be required to descale more frequently.
I have sterilized my bottles, why have they got marks on them?
All of our bottles are required to be washed before sterilizing as this removes all milk residue prior to sterilizing. Simply wash the bottles and accompanying parts if using our sensitive tummy/anti colic or added comfort range in hot soapy water and rinse before sterilizing.All of our bottles are required to be washed before sterilizing as this removes all milk residue prior to sterilizing. Simply wash the bottles and accompanying parts if using our Senstive Tummy/Anti Colic or Added Comfort range in hot soapy water and rinse before sterilizing.
Tips for using your microwave sterilizer
Sure! An important thing to firstly check is that your microwave turntable is clean as food residues can overheat leading to the base of your sterilizer melting.
Also, if you have a combination microwave, make sure the grill/overhead heat source is turned off. Otherwise you risk melting the lid of your sterilizer.
Why has the element in the bottom of my sterilizer turned brown?
This is an indication for you to descale your unit. We recommend carrying out the descaling process approximately every 4-weeks. If you notice limescale earlier than 4-weeks, descaling may be required sooner. Living in a hard water area can produce limescale quicker than other areas.
How much water should I use in my sterilizer?
Can I dry baby bottles after sterilization?
This is not recommended. Any water left inside the bottles after the sterilization process is sterile and will not collect germs. You should not wipe the inside of the bottles after sterilization as this will add germs to the inside of the bottle.
Do I need sterilizing fluid for the electric sterilizer?
We recommend you do not use sterilizing solution as this can damage the heat plate. All you need to do is pour 2.7 oz. of water in to the base of the unit. The unit then heats the water in to steam which sterilizes the products in the sterilizer.
Should I have water left in the bottom of my sterilizer after a cycle?
This is fine. It is common to have a small volume of water left in your sterilizer after a completed cycle. Simply empty out the remaining water once you've finished.
What is the best way to remove the lid?
We recommend removing the lid by using the tabs on either side. Tilt the lid so that the underside is facing away from you, allowing any excess steam to rise away, with condensation droplets falling back into the unit. As the lid can be used as a sterile surface, simply then place the lid onto your work surface (underside up) where you can then prepare your bottles.
Should I have a lot of steam during a cycle?
Excess steam can be caused by over-packing. Ensure that you use the marked areas on the trays for your bottles, and when sterilizing other items, please ensure that they're evenly spaced out. Our Closer to Nature Electric Steam Sterilizer instruction manual will provide you with further guidance on how to pack your unit.