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09 April 2014 @ 03:57 pm
For the sake of privacy, can I boil my brand new cup inside of a flannel pouch that has been machine washed and dried? I don't intend to boil it regularly, but to utilize other methods of cleaning. Just for my own mental state, I would like to boil it before my first use.

There really isn't ever a 5 minute window where I know for sure I can be alone in the kitchen. I live with my boyfriend and his mom, uncle, brother and sister in law.

Even if I wait until late at night, my boyfriend's mom will be awake and always comes out into the kitchen to chat when she hears someone. I just don't really want to have to explain it to anyone. If it looks like just the pouch I can make up something other reason for having to boil it.

I plan on using alcohol prep swabs to clean when I need to and just rinse with water during a normal change.
KaleidoscopeEydkaleidoscopeeyd on April 9th, 2014 08:00 pm (UTC)
I should probably also mention the pouch has babyville plastic/resin snaps on it and idk if they can be boiled
elisamba on April 9th, 2014 08:35 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't boil it in a pouch, personally. You could get Milton tablets or hydrogen peroxide and sterilize it in a mug or other container without leaving the bathroom or your bedroom.
Belleravynwitch on April 9th, 2014 09:46 pm (UTC)
Could you boil it in a mug in the microwave instead? That way if someone walks in, they won't be able to see the mug, and you can claim you're boiling water for tea/whatever.
Alwynsabishii_kirito on April 9th, 2014 11:04 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't do it in the bag, especially if it has plastic bits on it. I'd do like somebody else suggested and pour some boiling water into a clean mug and soak it in that until the water is cool to the touch. Generally speaking, water doesn't need to be at a full rolling boil to kill off any bacteria, it's just a good visual sign that lets you know it's hot enough so that's what most people go with. It should be hot long enough if you boil the water and throw the cup in your mug within a minute or two and let it set 5-10 minutes.

If you're worried about people asking why you're bringing a cup of hot water into your room, just bring a tea bag with you or some hot cocoa mix or something.
Stefaninastefanina on April 9th, 2014 11:57 pm (UTC)
I would only recommend bailing in an all-cotton or linen undyed pouch. You can buy them as natural teabags and the like in natural food & organic stores.
KaleidoscopeEydkaleidoscopeeyd on April 10th, 2014 01:29 am (UTC)
Thanks, everyone. I'm going to try the mug in the microwave . I think that will work quite well since I can even cover it with a towel or something.
ramblingtomriggramblingtomrigg on April 10th, 2014 01:30 pm (UTC)
How about just using some Milton? Put a bit in a mug, fill up with water, drop the cup in, leave for a while (some say 15 min, though I leave mine in for hours just to be sure), give the cup a good rinse in plain water, dry it and put it away. You don't need to be in the kitchen for this, you just need brief access to a running tap once or twice.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on April 10th, 2014 05:48 pm (UTC)
Boiling does not sterilize. Washing with soap and hot water is almost as effective. So why go to the trouble and potential damage to do so?

This is the way I look at it: How clean does a spoon have to be before you put it into your mouth? Even a plastic one fresh out of a box? "As clean as cutlery" is good enough for me.