Moms be sure that you know all the facts, by reading through our FAQ section

Any good parent will always have questions. And so we’ve tried our best to answer some frequently asked questions here:

The Question:

Why is sterilisation important?

Until a baby’s first birthday, they are extremely vulnerable to infections because of their significantly weaker immune system. By their first birthday, they would only have acquired 15 – 17% of their natural anti-bodies called immunoglobulins. It is your duty as a loving parent to protect them always, but more

importantly during the critical first 12 months of their lives.

Some of these risks include development of mild thrush, but a huge concern is the onset of vomiting and diarrhoea, which can be caused by Rotavirus and even E.Coli. Campylobacter is a virus that can also be picked up from cats and dogs.

Anything that is going, or might potentially go into your baby’s mouth, needs to be sterilised! Milk is also the perfect environment in which bacteria can grow.  This makes a baby’s feeding equipment especially risky!

However, do not fear! As sterilisation is your best defence against all of these and more.

Milton can be used to disinfect the following:

• Kitchen sponges and scourers.
• Toothbrushes.
• Non-metallic jars, bottles and storage containers.
• Chopping boards
• Non-metallic cupboards, work surfaces, shelves, cookers, fridges and freezers by wiping with made-up solution.
• Remove stains from cups.
• Kitchen utensils and crockery.
• And much much more!

To keep your baby safe the following items should be sterilised:

• Baby feeding bottles and dummies
• Breastpump parts
• Breastfeeding accessories: nipple shields, breast shell
• Soothers
• Storage containers for breast milk
• Weaning items: plastic bowls, plates, spoons
• Teething items
• Small plastic toys
• Any other item your baby might put in their mouth

What happens if a child swallows some Milton Sterilising Fluid?

Drinking milk will neutralise the Milton solution if consumed. However it is always best to seek medical advice or contact your GP to ensure complete safety.



Do infections help build immunity?

In the mature immune system, yes they do. This is the principle upon which many immunisations work whereby a small amount of the disease-causing organism is introduced to enable the body to create protective anti-bodies, which remain in the blood stream. The immunisation that babies will receive during their first few months will help them to establish antibodies that will help fight a range of baby illnesses. However, it makes sense to try to do all you can to prevent babies getting these illnesses, especially those that can cause gastroenteritis.  Therefore, it is a good thing to give the extra protection that their immune system cannot provide until they are older and stronger.

How long will a bottle stay sterile after being removed from the Milton solution?

It’s recommended to keep baby utensils in the Milton solution until their next use – then you can be assured that they remain sterile.



Can you spray or wipe baby bottles with the antibacterial products to sterilise them?

No. To sterilise infant feeding utensils they have to be immersed in a solution that is compatible to the item being sterilised. Also the item has to be sterilised on the inside as well as the outside. However, the Spray and Wipes can be used to disinfect surfaces.

Sterilise anything your baby might touch with Milton’s Sterilising Fluid and range of other incredible sterilisation products!

The Milton Sterilisation Method has been trusted for almost 100 years. Its incredible and effective cold-water sterilisation can offer trusted sterilisation of utensils, baby’s items and more in just 15 minutes!

What is Milton Sterilising Fluid made of?

Milton Fluid is made of an aqueous solution of sodium hypochlorite and 16.5% sodium chloride.  The Milton Fluid that is available to buy is a strength of 1% sodium hypochlorite.



Do you have to rinse bottles and teats before using them?

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

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).



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.