Cleaning Breastpump Parts On The Go

June 12, 2012
Cleaning Breastpump Parts On The Go

Pumping moms are always on the move. They’re scheduling pumping sessions in between meetings, play dates, errands and more. When you’re moving that quickly, there’s no guarantee you’ll be near a dishwasher or sink when it’s time to clean your pump parts. That’s why we have tips and products specifically designed to make cleaning breastpump parts easy on the go. We’ll walk you through cleaning instructions for each situation, so you’ll always be prepared.

Cleaning in the Dishwasher
Most of your Medela breastpump parts are safe for cleaning in the top rack of the dishwasher. So, if you have access to a dishwasher, this is a very simple option for cleaning your breastpump parts. The only parts that we DO NOT recommend cleaning in the dishwasher are SoftFit breastshields, the breastpump piston/cylinder pieces, rubber, SNS parts, or foam inserts. It isn’t necessary to clean tubing after each use. And remember, all Medela parts that come into contact with breastmilk are BPA-free.

Cleaning in the Sink
If you have access to soap and water, you’ll be able to easily and thoroughly clean your pump parts. Make sure all parts dry completely before storing – do not store parts if they are damp. If you don’t have time to let your parts dry completely, just make sure you let them dry thoroughly as soon as you return home

In addition to washing, you can sanitize your pump parts by using Quick Clean Micro-Steam bags. Our Quick Clean Micro-Steam bags just require water and a microwave; and they thoroughly disinfect in just 3 minutes. Once your pump parts are sanitized, the bags also function as a way to carry your pump parts home (make sure parts are dry before storing).

No microwave, no water? No problem. You can use our Quick Clean Breastpump & Accessory wipes in between pumping sessions and then clean once you get home. They allow you to quickly wipe down your pump parts while you’re traveling, working or just away from home. You may also find them handy for cleaning high chairs, tabletops, changing tables and toys while you’re out and about. Diaper bag must-have? We think so.

If you ever have questions about cleaning guidelines, you can check your instruction manual or reach out to Customer Service for help.

Moms, have you developed some tips for cleaning pump parts on the go? Share them in the comments below.

29 thoughts on “Cleaning Breastpump Parts On The Go

    • Hi Sally,

      Medela doesn’t currently offer a bottle brush. We can’t recommend a specific brush because we haven’t tested one. It’s suggested that you follow the cleaning guidelines that are outlined in your pump manual — please let us know if you have any questions. Moms, any tips?


  1. I have been having trouble with condensation getting into the emfs of the tubes closest to the bottles and it never seems to dry even hanging them up overnight. How can I get the tubing dry? I cannot wait longer then overnight between using.

    • Hi Sarah,

      I’m sorry that you’re having trouble with condensation in your tubing. To eliminate condensation after you have completed pumping, continue running the pump with the tubing attached for another 2 minutes or until dry. If this doesn’t help, please call Customer Service, they’d be happy to assist you: 1-800-435-8316


    • Hi Kayla,

      Yes, we recommend that you wash pump parts with soap and water or in the dishwasher after each use and that you sanitize your pump parts once daily. To do so, you can place parts in boiling water for 10 minutes. Allow water to cool and gently remove parts from water with tongs. Place parts to dry on a clean surface and/or towel.

      To learn more about recommended cleaning steps and care for your breastpump, visit our website:

      Hope this helps!

      • Does the microwave steam bag count toward sanitizing once daily or does it have to be boiled? What about the sanitize function on new dishwashers?

        • Hi Jennifer,

          Yes, you can use a Medela Micro-Steam Bag to sanitize your pump parts each day OR wash parts in the top rack of your dishwasher OR boil them for 10 minutes. All three of these options will sanitize your pump parts. In between uses, we suggest that you also rinse pump parts and clean with soap and water.

          Hope this helps!
          - Kathy

    • Hi Kaitlyn,

      Tubing can be cleaned by washing in warm soapy water, then rinsing with clear water, and hanging to air dry. You can also boil tubing in water for 10 minutes or sanitize by following the instructions on a Medela Quick Clean Micro-Steam Bag. We don’t recommend that you wash tubing in your dishwasher.

      - Kathy

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