With going back to work came something I dreaded just a little less than leaving my little boy- the breast pump *insert horrific cry here*. I have high lipase (breastfeeding journey post to come, but you can learn more about high lipase via kelly mom ) so I scale my milk at work and store it in jars until I split into bottles for use or freeze it. I use mostly mason jars, but we have a collection of repurposed jars (mason jars I used for homemade salsa and pickles last year as well as store bought jars we’ve kept). Glass helps the milk not absorb other flavors, and is better for the higher temperature milk, however if your jars still smell like pickles and hot peppers- baby isn’t going to like it- so in 3 easy steps, I rid our jars of the lingering scents and tastes.
- Fill a large stock pot with hot water and 1 tbs baking soda, and 1 Tbs liquid dish soap.
- Soak jars and lids submerged in water for at least 20 minutes but longer for better results (I did 1 hour)
- Thoroughly was jars- I through mine in the dishwasher for extra sanitation, but a good hand wash will work.
The baking soda helps to absorb the lingering smells and tastes, while the dish soap disinfects any bacteria that could be adding to smells.
This also works on Tupperware! For plastic, double the baking soda and soak longer.