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Your baby’s binky is their best friend—but it can get dirty, fast. As a parent or caregiver, looking after your little one’s health and safety is a top priority. A pacifier can offer comfort to a crying baby, and even help them soothe themselves in unfamiliar or stressful situations. It’s important to keep your baby’s pacifiers clean—and it’s simpler than you may think. Want to learn how to clean and sterilize pacifiers? Read on to find out!

Sterilizing may sound complicated, but don’t worry, you don’t need any fancy machines or harsh chemicals. A pot of boiling water will do the trick! Let the pacifier sit in boiling water for five minutes to sterilize it, killing any germs or bacteria. Not sure how often to clean pacifiers? You will want to sterilize your baby’s binky if your child has been sick, if someone else in your household has an illness, or if another child has used it—but it’s not necessary between every use!

On a more regular basis, you can clean pacifiers in the dishwasher. Dropps Unscented Dishwasher Detergent is safe for binkies and baby bottles without sacrificing cleaning power. Just one pod should do the trick! Be sure to place the pacifier on the top rack to prevent melting. No dishwasher, or need to do a quick clean? Dissolve a Dishwasher pod in a sink or bucket of warm water for handwashing! Be sure to rinse and dry thoroughly, and voila! Your baby’s binky is clean and safe to use.

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