Updated on October 7, 2020 by Lyric Fergusson
Bottle feeding your baby can be challenging and is something that you’ll be doing frequently. You can alleviate some of the initial overwhelm you may be feeling by making sure your bottles are clean and sanitized whenever you need them. A good bottle brush can make all the difference in quickly and effectively cleaning your baby’s bottles.
That’s why I’ve compiled a list of the 7 best bottle brushes that will make you feel confident that the bottles you’re using to feed your child are clean and ready to go when you are.
The Best Baby Bottle Brushes
(Best value — $)
Why it’s great: This comes in a two-pack at an incredibly affordable price. This is nice since you’ll likely be replacing your brushes semi-often. The nipple brush screws into the bottom of the handle, which means you’ll never lose it. The bottom of the handle is wide and flat, so you can store this brush standing up. This is great because it helps dry out the brush after use and takes up less space on your counter.
Keep in mind: This one doesn’t have a suction cup on the bottom to stick to the counter, so it can fall over if bumped.
Good for: Parents who want a quality budget option.
(Best set — $$$)
Why it’s great: This set comes with a bottle brush, a two-sided nipple brush, and a drying rack in a small little case. The nipple brush is also made to clean breast pump parts. It’s perfect for traveling with your child or pumping at work. The silicone grass drying rack holds your bottles and accessories upright, so they can dry quickly and easily. The two brushes snap into the case and the case is small enough to easily fit in your purse or diaper bag. It can also be used at home. The case is easy to put away in a cabinet when not in use to keep your countertops clear of clutter.
Keep in mind: This is a smaller travel-sized drying rack, so it’ll only fit a few bottles at a time.
Good for: Working moms who need to pump or parents that travel with their babies.
(Most durable — $$)
Why it’s great: This is a silicone brush and is extra flexible and durable. It won’t scratch your bottles and is dishwasher safe for easy sterilization. The brush itself can be removed from the handle and boiled as well. The nipple brush is attached to the top of the regular brush, so you don’t have to worry about switching back and forth. It’s also very narrow and can fit even the smallest bottles.
Keep in mind: This one doesn’t have a stand or any kind of storage. It does have a loop at the bottom of the handle, so you could possibly hang it on a hook.
Good for: Parents who don’t want to have to replace their brush as often.
(Best first brush — $)
Why it’s great: The OXO brand makes all kinds of baby products and always produces quality items. This bottle brush is no exception. The brush head has two types of bristles for softer cleaning or more serious scrubbing. If you don’t get your bottle rinsed right away, you’ll have no trouble getting dried milk out with this brush. It has a silicone nipple brush for those smaller areas and comes with a stand for storage. The stand will catch excess water and has a pour spout, so you don’t have to turn it upside down to empty it.
Keep in mind: The silicone nipple brush is very strong and sturdy, so be careful not to use too much pressure or you risk damaging the nipple of your bottle.
Good for: Parents who want to make sure they have a quality bottle brush.
(Most convenient — $$)
Why it’s great: This comes with a 3-pack of brushes, so you won’t have to buy a new one anytime soon. Each brush has a suction cup on the stand, so it will stick to your countertop and you can keep it right next to your sink. It has a sponge at the top and bristles under that, for a more thorough cleaning. The bottom of the handle is grooved specifically to clean bottle nipples and then it fits nicely inside the stand.
Keep in mind: These are made specifically for Dr. Brown’s bottles, so they may not work for other bottles, but they do fit most other brands.
Good for: Parents who want a brush they can easily access at their sink.
(Most versatile — $)
Why it’s great: This brush has angled bristles, which help to clean hard to reach places. The angled bristles at the top really help to clean out dried milk at the bottom of the bottle. Near the bottom of the brush, the bristles are longer, making it easy to clean around the lip of the bottle. The nipple brush is loaded with soft bristles, so you don’t have to worry about puncturing your bottle nipples when you’re cleaning them. It’s also perfectly sized for cleaning breast pump parts.
Keep in mind: There’s no storage and it doesn’t stand up on its own.
Good for: Parents who want a thorough clean for their bottles and breast pump accessories.
(Most unique — $)
Why it’s great: This brush has a unique design that you won’t find on other brands. While most brushes have a sponge at the top and then bristles below, this one alternates between sponge, bristles, and a scrubber around all the sides. This helps to get the entire bottle clean and get rid of any dried milk. The nipple brush screws into the handle for easy storage and the base is wide and flat, so it stores standing upright. There’s also a ventilation hole in the handle, so the nipple brush can dry out, even when it’s stored.
Keep in mind: It is a little bigger and may not fit in more narrow bottles.
Good for: Parents who like to have all types of cleaning (sponge, bristles, scrubber) in one.
FAQs about bottle brushes
1. How do you use a bottle brush?
Bottle brushes are made to clean inside small or narrow bottles that a sponge can’t fit into. Soak the bottle in soapy water first and then circle the brush inside the bottle a few times. Most bottle brushes come with a nipple brush to get into the smaller areas like the nipple of the baby bottle.
2. How often should I replace my brush?
This will depend on the type of brush that you get and how often you’re using it. Typically, you’ll want to replace your brush around once a month because the bristles get soft and bent out of shape.
3. Can you sterilize bottle brushes?
This will depend on the brush. A lot of bottle brushes these days are made to be dishwasher safe, which will sanitize your brush. You can check the label and see if it’s safe to steam or boil them as well. Washing them with soap and water will do a decent job if none of the other options are available, but if that’s the case, I would recommend replacing the brush about every 3 weeks.
4. Are silicone bottle brushes better?
zSilicone brushes are soft and very flexible. They also are less likely to scratch your bottles or leave behind residue. They are always BPA free, making them a safe option as well. However, most other brushes now have a lot of these features, so it really depends on personal preference.
5. What features should I look for in a brush?
This will depend on what you’re looking for in a brush and what type of bottles you’re using. There’s really not anyone feature that you have to have, except a nipple brush, which almost all brushes come with these days. You’ll want to look at how the brushes are stored, whether they’re dishwasher safe, and the type of material. Some come with storage or drying racks. Compare a few and decide which features will work best for your household.
Making sure the bottles you’re using to feed your child are clean is something that every parent worries about. Bottle brushes are an inexpensive way to quickly and easily clean bottles, so you don’t have to put them in the dishwasher and wait for them to be done. Some parents buy a ton of bottles to make sure they always have one ready, but when you’re feeding your child every few hours, a bottle brush can really end up saving you a lot of money.
Picking out the right kind of bottle brush is easy if you take the time to consider how you want to use it. Compare the features of each brush and decide which will work best for your family.