I found a bottle under my baby's bed, i'm not sure if there was fomula left in it to dry. It has a little bit of an odor to it so i'm washing it. Is it safe to use bleach water? I want to be sure there is no bacteria left on it. What's the safest way to do this?
No, cleaning a baby bottle with bleach is not safe and is ridiculous, to say! Just soak the bottle under hot water for 5 min. and then wash it with a mild dish detergent, and rinse under hot water. Or then just place in dishwasher. Thats it.
Never use bleach for things like that. Personally, I would just throw it away since you aren't sure if there was even any formula in it. Otherwise, I would wash in soapy water and then put in the dishwasher.
I like diluted bleach as a disinfectant. 1 part bleach to 10 parts water is fine for kitchen things. It needs to be rinsed after about 5 or 10 minutes. I was a nursing instructor, and our hospital and nursing homes recommended it as a standard infection control measure. I sanitize my bathroom and kitchen with bleach regularly. It is chemically caustic tho, so not full strength.
That is one product you should not use if you do not know where it originally came form or what was in it to begin with. One thing about plasticis..it absorbs everythig it comes into contact with. Dish soap, bleach, milks, juices. Whatever you put in it, it will absorb some of it. So, if you don't know fom whom this container came from, you should not trust this container to be safe enough for your child to drink from.