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Tommee Tippee Electric Steam Sterilizer Cleaning and Troubleshooting

Updated on January 8, 2016
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Max holds a BS in Mass Communications from SIU and an MA in Communication from U of I, and is pursuing an MBA from Webster University.

Clean your Tommee Tippee Electric Steam Sterilizer on a regular basis to ensure it's functioning properly and safe for your baby.
Clean your Tommee Tippee Electric Steam Sterilizer on a regular basis to ensure it's functioning properly and safe for your baby. | Source

Introduction

There are two parts to cleaning the Tommee Tippee Electric Steam Sterilizer: the standard cleaning you must do after each use and the descaling you must do once per month. if you're experiencing problems with your Tommee Tippee Electric Steam Sterilizer, skip down to the Troubleshooting section.

Cleaning After Each Use

  1. Disconnect your Tommee Tippee Electric Steam Sterilizer from the AC outlet it's connected to and let it cool down for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Carefully tilt the sterilizer on its side to drain any water from the device.
  3. Dab the inside of the sterilizer using a soft, damp cloth until the inside of the Tommee Tippee Electric Steam Sterilizer is mostly dry. Don't use a Brillo pad or a rough cloth, as these types of materials can damage the sterilizer. The sterilizer is ready for its next use.

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Descaling Your Sterilizer

Descaling your Tommee Tippee Electric Steam Sterilizer gives your sterilizer a deeper clean than the standard cleaning after each use, and removes any gunk and grime that may gather on the sterilizer's inner components to keep it in good working order.

  1. Follow Steps 1 through 3 in the Cleaning After Use section to give your Tommee Tippee Electric Steam Sterilizer a standard cleaning.
  2. Dump 1 cup of white vinegar into the sterilizer in the same manner you would normally pour water into the device.
  3. Place the lid on the sterilizer and then let it run for 5 minutes.
  4. Disconnect your Tommee Tippee Electric Steam Sterilizer from the AC outlet it's connected to and let it cool down for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Dump any white vinegar that is standing in the device down the drain.
  6. Pour 1 cup of cold water in the Tommee Tippee Electric Steam Sterilizer and then rub the cold water around the internal part of the device using a soft washcloth to scrub away any debris that was loosened up while the sterilizer was turned on.
  7. Dump the water out of the sterilizer into a drain.
  8. Pour the same amount of water into the Tommee Tippee Electric Steam Sterilizer as you would normally to sterilize bottles and nipples.
  9. Plug the sterilizer back in to the AC outlet and run it for 5 minutes.
  10. Disconnect your Tommee Tippee Electric Steam Sterilizer from the AC outlet it's connected to and let it cool down for 5-10 minutes.
  11. Dab the inside of the sterilizer using a soft, damp cloth until the inside of the Tommee Tippee Electric Steam Sterilizer is mostly dry. Don't use a Brillo pad or a rough cloth, as these types of materials can damage the sterilizer. The sterilizer is descaled and ready for its next use.

Troubleshooting the Sterilizer

  • If the Tommee Tippee Electric Steam Sterilizer isn't working, try connecting another device that you know works to the same electrical outlet to see if the problem is with the device or with the AC outlet. If neither device works, try resetting the circuit breaker associated with that AC outlet.
  • If the sterilizer is producing what appears to be an excessive amount of steam, make sure any bottles and nipples placed in the device are seated correctly. For example, the base of nipples should be placed directly over the circular-shaped slots and the opening for bottles should be facing down and positioned over the circular-shaped slots.
  • If bottles and nipples are coming out of the Tommee Tippee Electric Steam Sterilizer with marks or debris of any kind on them, descale the sterilizer.
  • If there is no steam coming out of the sterilizer or you don't feel the bottles and nipples are being thoroughly sterilized, use less water in the sterilizer. If you use too much water, it takes the water a longer time to heat up and produce steam.

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