Cleaning Breast Pump Parts On The Go

June 12, 2012

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 breast pump parts. That’s why we have tips and products specifically designed to make cleaning these parts easy when 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 breast pump parts are safe for cleaning on the top rack of the dishwasher. So, if you have access to a dishwasher, this is a very simple option for cleaning your breast pump parts. Remember, your tubing only needs to be washed if it’s dirty or if milk is present.

Cleaning in the Sink
If you have access to soap and water you’ll be able to easily and thoroughly clean your pump parts. If soaking, just make sure to use a basin reserved for your breast pump parts rather than in the sink itself, and make sure all parts dry completely before storing.

In addition to washing, you can sanitize your pump parts by using Quick Clean Micro-Steam bags. These 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, though we don’t recommend using them for long-term storage (and make sure parts are dry before storing).

No microwave, no water? No problem. You can use our Quick Clean Breast Pump & Accessory wipes to quickly wipe down your pump parts (or high chairs, tabletops, changing tables, toys…the list goes on!) while you’re traveling, working, or just away from home. Also, for extra reassurance in *cough* not so clean environments, our safe Quick Clean Sanitizer Spray eliminates 99.9% of bacteria and germs without wiping. Diaper bag must-haves? 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.

142 thoughts on “Cleaning Breast Pump Parts On The Go

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    • Hi Jennifer,

      We’re glad you found these tips helpful – thank you for including Medela in your blog post.


  2. Is it necessary to clean the parts after pumping before you use the micro steam bags? Could you simply put the dirty parts in the micro steam bag and steam them? Thanks for your help!

    • Hi Alison,

      Steam cleaning is great for disinfecting pump parts at the end of the day or on-the-go, but we suggest that you rinse parts with water, clean with soap and water, or clean with a Quick Clean Wipe before using a Micro-Steam Bag. If you have any further questions, please reach out to our Customer Service team, they’d be happy to help you: 1-800-435-8316. Hope this helps!


  3. Is there any good tips for drying out the attachments after washing them in the sink? Especially the part with the flap! Thanks!

    • Hi Dan,

      We suggest that you place parts on a clean surface and/or towel and allow all parts to air dry after washing. Moms, any other tips to share?


    • Hi Jamie,

      Yes, we do recommend that you wash pump parts with soap and water after each use and sanitize once daily either by boiling parts in water or washing on the top rack of your dishwasher. You can also use a Medela Quick Clean Micro-Steam Bag to sanitize parts at the end of the day. If you have any further questions, our Customer Service team would be happy to help: 1-800-435-8316

      Thank you,

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