Do you have a question about using your Tommee Tippee Electric Steam Sterilizer? Find the answers here.
This sterilizer is designed for use with Tommee Tippee bottles and feeding accessories (except the bottle brush). The sterilizer will hold a maximum of 6 Tommee Tippee bottles or a combination of fewer bottles plus pacifiers and breast pump parts.
A step by step guide to all the component parts, how they fit together and what they do.
Setting up your Electric Steam Sterilizer for first use
Clean your electric sterilizer before first use (refer to the cleaning instructions below) Then:
Using your Electric Steam Sterilizer
Before sterilization, wash all bottles and feeding accessories in warm soapy water or in a dishwasher (top rack only) to remove any milk residues. Separate all components for washing and reassemble teat and screw ring for sterilizing.
To clean your electric steam sterilizer
Allow to cool and unplug before cleaning. After each use pour away any remaining water from the sterilizer base by tipping it sideways over a sink. Wipe clean with a damp cloth only. Do not clean with abrasive cleaners or allow it to come into contact with solvents or harsh chemicals as this could cause damage.
To descale your electric steam sterilizer
A build-up of limescale can negatively affect the performance of your sterilizer. To keep it working effectively we recommend carrying out the descaling process using these frequency guidelines:
Hard water: 14 days
Medium: 21 days
Soft: 28 days
You can find out your water quality via your water provider. Living in a hard water area can produce limescale more quickly, so we recommend descaling more frequently.
DO NOT use metal objects or scourers to clean your sterilizer.
DO NOT use bleach or sterilizing fluid to clean. DO NOT use abrasive or anti-bacterial materials. DO NOT scrub the heat plate.
Why should I de-scale?
De-scaling removes the limescale that can build up around the heat plate, just as it can inside a kettle. Descaling regularly helps your sterilizer enjoy a long and happy life.
How do I de-scale?
How often should I de-scale?
This really does depend on the area in which you live and how often your sterilizer is used. If the water in your area is hard then you may need to descale every 14 days. If it’s medium, then you’ll need to descale every 21 days and if the water is soft it’s around every 28 days. If you do notice any limescale before the descale is due, you can descale your steriliser earlier or more frequently. You can find out the quality of your water from your water provider.
How should I store steriliser?
If you want to store your steriliser to use again, we’d suggest that you run a full descaling programme to ensure all limescale is removed and to give it a clean. Ensure the unit is thoroughly dry and securely wrapped in bubble wrap and cardboard to keep it nice and snug. When deciding where to store it, we’d suggest somewhere nice and dry to avoid any damage.
My sterilizer isn’t working – what can I do?
How long should my sterilizing cycle be?
Your cycle time can be between 6 to 10 minutes this includes warm up before the sterilization phase.
Help, my sterilizer is producing lots of steam
Check that bottles and other items are correctly loaded in the trays of your sterilizer. Ensure the lid is firmly in place without any obstructions.
Use exactly 80ml of water in your sterilizer. More than 80ml of water in the sterilizer base will increase the cycle time. Less than 80ml may not sterilize.
My bottle are coming out of the sterilizer with a chalky mark
If you are seeing chalky residue on items in your sterilizer, that’s a sign that it needs descaling. Refer to the descaling instructions.
There are flaky bits in the machine - what's causing it?
This will be due to a build-up of limescale that's loosened from the heatplate at the base of your machine so we'd recommend giving it a good descale. We recommend using a descaler that is suitable for use with stainless steel i.e. kettle, iron and coffee machine de-scalers. Use as per the manufacturer's guidelines.
Should there be water left in the bottom once its finished?
Yes its pretty common to have droplets of water remaining, the majority of the 80ml water should have evaporated during the sterilization cycle. Just empty it out once you’re finished and dry thoroughly to use again.
My heat plate looks rusty
This will be due to limescale we recommend using a descaler that is suitable for use with stainless steel i.e. kettle, iron and coffee machine de-scalers. Use as per the manufacturer's guidelines.