How to clean and sterilise your pacifier?

Jun 24, 2023

Part of good pacifier hygiene is frequent cleaning of the pacifiers. The younger the child, the more important it is to protect it from bacteria and to maintain good pacifier hygiene.

Before first use

When you take the pacifiers out of the packaging, remember to sterilize them! This is done by putting the pacifiers in plenty of boiling water for 5 minutes.

Natural rubber latex can smear off to the shield in rare cases, so it is important to sterilize in plenty of water and we recommend sterilizing latex pacifiers separately. This only applies before first use.

When cleaning the pacifier subsequently, follow these three simple steps:

  • Put the pacifiers in a clean bowl. Pour boiling water over the pacifiers.
  • Let the pacifiers soak for approx. 5 min.
  • Pick them up and let them dry on a clean towel.

TIP: When the child is over 3 months, you can also rinse the pacifier by placing them in a sieve and pouring boiling water over them. This method is faster and avoids water collecting inside the nipple.

Water in nipple

After cleaning it is not unusual that water remains in the nipple. This is because all our pacifier nipples are equipped with a valve, letting out air when the baby closes down on the nipple. This ventilation system causes the air from inside the nipple to be pushed out through the valve thereby flattening the nipple to shape naturally after the baby's oral cavity. The valve is also the reason why water can be present inside the nipple after cleaning and sterilization. If this is the case, simply just squeeze the nipple flat to press out the excess water. If water drops remain in the nipple, just let the pacifier air-dry.

Do not cook!

Pacifiers are not meant to be boiled and are therefore destroyed by the high heat. Instead, follow the instructions above, and you are sure to kill the bacteria without compromising the durability of the pacifier. We only recommend boiling the pacifiers before the first use - not subsequent cleaning.


  • Do not leave natural rubber latex pacifiers in direct sunlight.
  • Do not put the pacifiers in the dishwasher.
  • Do not use UV or steam sterilizers for the pacifiers.
  • Do not freeze the pacifiers.

How often should I clean the pacifiers?

Part of good pacifier hygiene is frequent cleaning of the pacifiers. The younger the child, the more important it is to protect it from bacteria and to maintain good pacifier hygiene. This is mainly because small children’s immune system has not yet managed to get acquainted with all the different bacteria, and therefore it will not have learned to “defend” against them yet.

Premature infants and babies up to 3 months need more thorough and frequent cleaning than babies over 3 months of age. Therefore, the pacifier must be cleaned more often when the child is under 3 months. We always recommend that pacifiers are scalded at least once a day.

Do not use UV sterilizers for latex pacifiers

Since natural rubber latex is a natural material it undergoes a natural aging process, which can be influenced by external forces such as UV light. Therefore, never use a UV sterilizer for our BIBS latex pacifiers as it will damage the material.

Do not use steam sterilizer devices for latex pacifiers

There are two reasons why we do not recommend stream sterilizer devices:

  1. We have not tested our pacifiers in all these different devices and cannot guarantee that the latex will not break due to the high temperatures.
  2. Latex will break down if the temperature exceeds 100°C. To use steam sterilizers people, need to check the manufacturer’s instructions for the sterilizer about heat and watts, to make sure the temperature does not exceed 100°C.

Do not use sterilizing solution for latex pacifiers

We do not recommend using the sterilizing solution for latex pacifiers, as the solution can damage the latex if the pacifier is left in for longer than recommended.

Do not use dishwasher cleaning

Do not clean the pacifiers in a dishwasher. The cleaning agents will damage the material (both latex and silicone) and it can become brittle. Furthermore, most dishwashers do not reach temperatures high enough to sufficiently sterilize the pacifiers.

What about microwave sterilization?

Be aware that latex will break down if the temperature exceeds 100°C. Silicone endures higher temperatures than latex, however, our general recommendations are that to use microwave sterilizations you must check the manufacturer’s instructions about heat and watts, to make sure the temperature does not exceed 100°C. In most microwaves, the pacifiers must be heated for a maximum of 60 seconds at max. 800W. Otherwise, temperatures will exceed 100°C.

NB: Always check the manufacturer’s instructions! And always remember to put the pacifiers in water in a sterilization box made for the purpose. Never place the pacifiers in the microwave without!

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