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How often do you wash pacifiers (or dummies or soothers - is there anything else they're called?)? What do you use to wash them?

asked 22 Dec '09, 02:58

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+1 Useful question I think!

(22 Dec '09, 10:17) Emi

We never used detergents, mainly hot water, and an easy way of sterilising them was by holding the pacifier with some tongs or dangling them on a chopstick, close to the pout of the kettle as it was about to boil over, several seconds of hot steam was our practical way of keeping them sterile then popped them in a container with a lid.

The pacifiers were cleaned every evening. Throughout the day, the pacifiers were washed if they fell on the floor, were handled by another baby, were lost and then found, additionally it made life much easier to have several pacifiers always on hand, particulary if we were out and about.

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answered 22 Dec '09, 10:29

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edited 22 Dec '09, 15:45

I would say: rinse it off when it falls on the floor, wash it about as often as you do dishes.

They are also called "binkies."

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answered 22 Dec '09, 03:28

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I have occasionally put them in the dishwasher, but you have to remember to take the latex ones out before the drying sequence comes on otherwise they could crack. Usually, I just use soap & water.

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answered 22 Dec '09, 15:55

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When our baby was a newborn, we would sterilize them everyday in boiling water. Once he started putting everything in his mouth (about 3 or 4 months), it seemed silly to continue to steralize them. (We couldn't steralize the tabletop at our local cafe which he licked, for example.) At that point we started to wash them with dish soap and hot water and let them air dry every couple days or whenever he dropped one on the floor.

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answered 23 Dec '09, 23:49

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We have about half a dozen in a tub in the kitchen. Our 18m has one during the day if needed and then one at night to sleep with. Once she finishes with each, it's collected in a tray and every couple of days the tray is filled with boiling water from the kettle and left to cool, then dried (with a clean tea towel).

We find though that after a few weeks, new dummies start to fill with water and need squeezing prior to use, to get the water out.

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