“ Brand: Boots / Nursing Aid: Steriliser „
My daughter's steam steriliser (which I'll add isn't a boots one!) states that it should be regularly descaled every 4 weeks, or even more often depending on the type of water at home. I descale ours on their advice every 4 weeks just to make sure it's kept nice and clean to sterilise the endless amount of bottles, spoons and cups that we get through on a daily basis. The website of the steriliser we have actually recommends to use these descaling sachets so naturally, these were the ones I made a beeline for. To be honest though, I had found that there was very little available (in fact none!) in Tesco that were designed for this purpose so I didn't exactly have a wide choice anyway. I bought mine on a 3 for 2 offer in Boots a few months ago - I'm part way through the third box now so they were a great buy. I'm sure they cost around £2.70 at the time per box, but looking on the Boots website today they are currently on sale at £2.99.
Packaging and contents
The sachets come in a small white box, the design being different to the picture shown - it is very plain white with small writing in grey. Within each box are 6 sachets that are in plastic wrapping. The wrapping isn't exactly ideal to me. There isn't a little nick in the side to help tear the top off and the plastic is fairly thick so can't just be ripped as I think it'd end up everywhere - in the end I've bought a pair of little scissors just to use for cutting it off. The sachets hold 10ml each and are around half full of the descaling fluid so you do need to be careful removing the top so that none spills out. The box states that the sachets contain lactic acid - it smells very strong and as soon as the top is off the whiff of it hits you! They are labelled as being irritant so have to be handled carefully and also kept out of children's reach.
The box states to run a 5 minute cycle on the empty steriliser and then once complete, pour the sachet contents into the water in the steriliser, on our steriliser the water is held at the bottom. Then, close the steriliser and leave for 30 minutes until cool for it to get working. I usually make sure that I get to the empty steriliser pretty soon after it's finished it's cycle to add the sachet (although I leave it long enough so that it's not burning hot!) as otherwise the water has cooled too much for the descaler to work properly and the results aren't half as good. After the 30 minutes is up, I then rinse the whole steriliser very thoroughly all over with water, wipe it down with a cloth (where I find lots of brownish bits of limescale come off) and then run another empty sterilising cycle before using it properly again. It is a bit of a faff to be honest, taking around an hour on and off to complete until it's ready to use again. I always make sure I have sterilised everything I need for the day before I begin the whole process!
Do they work?
It brings our steriliser up a treat, I have to say that the results are good. Our steriliser builds up a brownish residue fairly quickly in it across the 4 week period, sometimes in-between descaling times I wipe over it to pick this up but some of the residue can be stubborn. After using this on a regular basis, I'd say on every occasion 95% of the brown residue comes loose and is easily wiped away with a cloth. There's just a little bit left in the tiny nooks and crannys of the inserts of the steriliser - to be honest though, this is mainly because it's impossible to reach them with a cloth so is really due to a slightly poor design of the inserts that the steriliser has.
As I say, ours is done every 4 weeks and I don't feel that I need to do it any more than this as long as I regularly also wipe over it with a cloth in-between cycles too. These steriliser sachets do claim that they help to prevent the limescale appearing but I don't think that this is the case, although obviously I can't confirm how much would build up if they weren't used at all. I use mine in the steps that they say on the back and although it does look very clean afterwards, they haven't made the steriliser limescale free like it says. I do wish though that a company, including others as well as Boots, would come up with a solution so that it effectively prevented limescale appearing as well as just removing it as this is quite a long winded process that has to be completed in order to descale. Alas though, perhaps I'm just a bit lazy!
I've used just over 2 boxes of the descaling sachets so far across 9 months - the directions say to use 1 sachet per descaling process so a box ends up lasting a long time on a basis of descaling on the timescales I use.
I would recommend using these sachets to descale a steam steriliser, they've worked well on our non-Boots steriliser, it does look bright again once used. They also come at a reasonable price, even better if you can grab them in offers that they sometimes have on too. I rate them 3 stars overall, just as the sachets can be a bit fiddly to open and I don't think that they prevent the limescale appearing as much as they should do.
Thanks for reading :o)
We have used our steriliser to sterile baby bottles for about two and a half years now and it is still going well. In my opinion one of the most important things you need to do with your steriliser in order to keep it working properly and cleaning bottles properly is to keep it clean. We have a steam steriliser which basically using hot boiling water and steam to keep it clean and sterilised. I think it works really well and is really easy to use but the downside is that, because ti uses water, limescale can develop quite quickly on the inside.
Now with a steamer you do not clean it in the conventional way, i.e. with washing up liquid and water, you have to clean it with proper descaled crystals. When we bought the steriliser it came with about 6 packets of these crystals but with over two years use these ran out fairly quickly so we bought some spares from Boots.
The Boots crystals come in individually wrapped little sealed packages and all you have to do is rip the top off to get to the crystals inside. Boots say that these crystals prevent the build up of limescale in any steam steriliser which is great as this is what I need them to do. I think having the crystals in individual packages is a great way of having the crystals as they you do not need to measure anything or or worry that you are using too much, too less, you have the right amount in one sachet.
What I find really useful with these sachets is that the instructions for cleaning the steriliser is written on the package itself so you just need to follow these but I like it because I always forget the steps to clean when I come to do it again. They recommend that you clean your steriliser once every 6 weeks but I probably do it about once every two months which I think is still fairly good.
The sachets are very easy to use and cleaning is simple as you really don't need to do any scrubbing which is nice. You add the crystals to some regular cold tap water, pour it into the steriliser and run a clean with nothing inside the steriliser. Then you let it cool down, tip the water out and it is done. You can see some of the dirt coming up out through the water so you can tell that it is working.
Boots sell these crystals in a pack of 6. A pack costs £2.55 which I think is very good value and they are a simple way to clean your steriliser.
I had the Avent Steam steriliser when my daughter was a baby and if I remember correctly it came with 4 or 5 descaler sachets. The amount I cleaned that steriliser meant that these didn't last me that long so a look about for some sachets was initiated.
Steriliser Descaler sachets are quite important for the cleaning of your steriliser as they clear and prevent the lime scale build up in the steriliser. Ideally a steam steriliser should be cleaned and descaled once every four weeks but I done mine every two.
I eventually found the sachets in a little purple box in Boots (the box is now like the one in the photo but in my experience we are going back 4 years). These can be found quite easily in the baby section in Boots and I found them next to the sterilisers and bottles. For £2.49 I got a little box of six 10ml sachets of descaler. If you use the every four week cleaning rule then these would last you 24 weeks but if like me you clean it more regularly, you looking at anything between 12 weeks and 24 weeks. It just does depend on how often you clean. i honestly probably went a little overboard with the constant cleaning but my daughter was my first child and I was paranoid about everything to do with her well being.
The sachets can be used with any steriliser which is handy. I am assuming the descaling crystals are exactly the same as the ones my Avent steriliser came with. They are very simple to use and I am sure I put a step by step guide in my Avent Steriliser review but I will put it here just in case I am being blonde again and I actually didn't.
1) Make sure the steriliser is empty of anything that you use for your baby.
2) Add 200ml of water to the steriliser. Preferably cold water.
3) Turn the steriliser on and let it run a full cycle with just the water in it.
4) Un plug it and turn it off once the cycle has run.
5) Add one sachet of the descaler to the water in the steriliser and leave to cool down for 30-60 minutes.
6) Once water has cooled, tip it away and rinse the steriliser thoroughly.
7) Run a normal cycle with nothing in it again to ensure all traces of the descaler are gone. I used to do this 2-3 times.
8) Steriliser is ready for use again
As you can see, the descaling process is very simple - even men can do it! ;)
I found the Boots descaler sachets worked just as well as the Avent ones. I couldn't find any difference between the two makes and they come highly recommended.
One of the first things i read when buying a steam steriliser was how it needed descaling. I thought it was going to be really hard in fact it is so easy.
The descaling sachets are £2.25 at boots for 6x sachets of descaling liquid. A steam steriliser should be descaled every 4 weeks to ensure it works correctly and as it should.
To descale the steamer you have to fill with 200ml of water
Then run a normal cycle
Once i turns to cool down mode switch the system off from the socket.
Remove the steamer lid and pour in the descaling liquid to the bottom.
Leave for a while i usually leave an hour although even after 10 minutes its done it just the water is still hot.
Then take to the sink and pour out the remaining liquid and rinse well.
Then there you have a descaledsteam steriliser as good as new and ready to go! Just make sure you do really rinse it well after descaled and i often run it on a normal cycle without bottles just incase.
Anyone who uses a steam sterilizer should clean and descale it at least every 4 weeks to keep your sterilizer scale free and efficient.
I purchased this pack of steam sterilizer descaler sachets from Boots, they cost £2.25 and there are 6 x 10ml sachets, so the pack should last you around 24 weeks as you should use one sachet every 4 weeks.
They are in a purple box with the name of them written in white at the top and can be found in the baby section, alongside the sterilizers. Each sachet is white with the name in blue on the front. There is no tear off section at the top, you have to cut the packet with scissors.
These sachets can be used with any steam sterilizer, the instructions for use are as follows:
1. Remove any bottles etc from the unit.
2. Add 200ml of water to the sterilizing unit.
3. Put the lid on and run a cycle for 5 minutes.
4. Un plug the unit.
5. Carefully add the entire contents of one sachet to the water.
6. Allow to cool for at least 30 minutes.
7. Pour liquid away and rinse thoroughly.
8. Run a normal sterilizing cycle to ensure unit is clean and sterile.
As you can see from the above, they are very simple to use and leave your sterilizing unit looking very clean!
Prevent lime scale build up in your steriliser.