By far, the easiest way to sterilize bottles is with a bag designed for use in a microwave. The problem is that microwaves are not regularly available in most hotel rooms.
Pete and I came up against this problem on our weekend away to Herstmonceux Castle. Daniel was refusing the boob, and we were feeding him expressed milk in a bottle.
Our solution: to bring a bowl, tongs, a bottle brush and some washing up liquid with us (I can’t say to what level this sterilized the bottles, but it was sufficient for our needs) and use it in conjunction with the kettle.
We washed the bottle in the sink, put the clean bottles in a bowl and covered them with boiling water (most hotel rooms have a kettle or a coffee maker – for a coffee maker, just use the appliance without the coffee – I would put the coffee maker through two cycles before using the water on the bottles). After five to ten minutes we took the bottles out and dried them. We left them to dry on a towel, but you could use the hairdryer if you were tight for time.
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