Mom Review: Medela Quick Clean™ Wipes and Steam Bags




Product: Quick Clean™ Breastpump & Accessory Wipes
Price: $17.99
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Features and Benefits
* Unique wipes allow easy & convenient cleaning without soap & water.
* Use anywhere - ideal for in the car, at work, travel and more.
* Efficient - just one wipe cleans both breastshields, valves & membranes.
* Also great for changing tables, high chairs, cribs, countertops, toys and other hard surfaces.
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Product: Quick Clean™ Micro-Steam™ Bags - 5 Pack
Price: $4.99
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Features and Benefits

* Thoroughly disinfects in about 3 minutes.
* Steam cleaning eliminates 99.9% of most common bacteria and germs.
* Requires just a microwave and water.
* Each bag can be used up to 20 times.
* Ideal for storing pump parts between pumping sessions.
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Reviewed By: Resident Mom™ Tracy
Resident Mom™ Says:
As a recently returned to work, exclusively breast feeding mom, these two products are total life-savers. I’m not always certain how essential it is to “sterilize” my breast feeding equipment when at home since, in theory, thoroughly washing my equipment with hot, soapy water should make it clean and sterile enough for my 4 month old. And the Quick Clean™ Micro-Steam™ Bags are not a replacement for soap and water cleaning, but rather an additional step. However, for the overly-cautious mom, or for a mom like me who does a lot of travel for work and finds herself in situations (like having to wash breast pump equipment in the hotel sink) where the cleanliness of the cleaning environment is questionable, the steam bags are much easier to use and more convenient than plug-in counter-top sterilization units. The box comes with several bags and each bag may be used up to 20 times, so it is also a great value as compared to the pricey plug-in units.

The Quick Clean™ Breastpump & Accessory Wipes make pumping on the go so easy, and seem to clean my manual pump better than soap and water - which sometimes leave a sticky film behind. I used these when attending a two-day long, busy conference, which allowed me to bring one small hand pump and discreetly express every two hours with total ease and no need for spending all my time in the bathroom scrubbing the equipment down. I’ve purchased several more packs of these and keep them in my diaper bag along with my manual pump so that I’m always prepared.

Pros: Easy to use; great value; very effective cleaning (clean wipes)
Cons: Steam bag is on the smaller side, and only barely fits the equipment for one double-breast pump

Mom Rating: A

Reviewed By: Resident Mom™ Mary
Resident Mom™ Says:

Quick Clean™ Breastpump & Accessory Wipes
The wipes are great for a working mother on the go. I use them to clean each of the pieces of my pump while at work since I don’t have access to a sink to wash them. They also work great when in a time crunch for cleaning the pump as they easily wipe off the excess milk residue on each of the pieces.

Pros: Easy to use, convenient to travel with
Cons: Pricey

Mom Rating: A

Quick Clean™ Micro-Steam™ Bags
The steam bags are difficult to use. The instructions were hard for me to follow and I ended up getting water spilled all over my microwave and counter. I didn’t feel as though my pump pieces were cleaned very well afterwards. I much prefer using the clean wipes and then a bottle steamer to clean my pump parts.

Pros: Great concept
Cons: Doesn’t work well

Mom Rating: D

Reviewed By: Resident Mom™ Lauren
Resident Mom™ Says:
I am a working mom so I end up using my pump allot. Which means cleaning it a lot. I love the Quick Clean™ Micro-Steam™ Bags because they give me the confidence that my pump pieces are sterilized with out all the muss and fuss of getting out a big pot and boiling everything all the time. You get 5 bags in each box, but you can use each one 20 times. And there is even a place on the back of the bag to mark off each time it used so you can keep track easily. I also love that the instructions for use are on the back, so i don’t have to give separate instructions when i take them to grandma’s or the sitters ( I have started using them to sterilize my bottles too). Another great bonus is that since steam is already well on its way to evaporating, once you take your items out of the steam bag they dry completely in just a few minutes so you don’t have to worry about them getting contaminated with something as they dry! I will definitely continue to use these.

I also reviewed the Quick Clean™ Breastpump & Accessory Wipes, I have found them to be invaluable. I think every mom should have a pack in with their breast pump. They are perfect for those “oops” moments, you know when you’re assembling your pump and somehow a breast shield has ended up on the floor. With the quick clean wipes all you have to do is pull out a wipe, wipe off your breast shield, and either let it dry or rinse it off with water and your good to go. I used to just pump and dump when that happened, and i always felt like it was such a waste. Now even if i am having a klutzy day i still have plenty of milk to bring home.

Pros: Affordable; great peace of mind; easy to use!
Cons: None

Mom Rating: A to both!

Reviewed By: Resident Mom™ Tara
Resident Mom™ Says:

Quick Clean™ Breastpump & Accessory Wipes
As a stay at home mom I usually just wash my breast pump parts in hot soapy water but these wipes came in handy this past week! I was on the go and threw these in my pump bag! Easy breezy! The wipes do not require water, this makes it easy for use at the office, in the car or anywhere! The wipes are extra thick and are the perfect size. I used one to wipe two breast shields and two collection bottles. I even used these wipes when I was at home a few times instead of soapy water because they dried immediately after cleaning, rather than waiting for the parts to air dry…I will definitely be purchasing these wipes when I run out because it made my life easier…plain and simple.

Pros: Convenient
Cons: Pricey

Mom Rating: A

Quick Clean™ Micro-Steam™ Bags
This is one of my favorites, because it makes life so easy. I throw the breastpump parts in the bag, add 2 ounces of water, seal, microwave and voila! Clean parts in a snap! The bags are reusable so you really get your money’s worth. I can’t stress enough to follow the directions strictly, you will warp your parts if you use to little water in the bag…the bag clearly states this, overall a great product!

Pros: Inexpensive
Cons: Wide margin of error

Mom Rating: A

Reviewed By: Resident Mom™ Melanie
Resident Mom™ Says:
I’m a nursing mother and a college student. Therefore, products that are easy to use and can save me time are important to me. On days that I am at school, I have to do a lot of pumping to keep up with my little one. I don’t have much time because I need to pump on breaks during and between classes. Also, I pump in my car, so I do not have access to soap and water to clean my accessories. The Quick Clean™ Breastpump & Accessory Wipes are the perfect solution. I was a little nervous about just wiping them between each use. However, the wipes work great, with just a quick wipe, the accessories are clean and ready to use the next time I pump. I highly recommend the wipes, especially for moms who work or go to school and are limited in the time they have available to pump and possibly do not have access to soap and water.

The Quick Clean™ Micro-Steam™ Bags are a must have for busy moms too. When I am at home in the evenings I wash all my accessories with soap and water. I then pop them in the microsteam bag and put them in the microwave for a few minutes. I then let the plastic pieces dry over night. I really like the peace of mind that I get when I use the microsteam bag. If I just hand wash them, I worry that I do not get them clean and disinfected enough. Well, now that I have the microsteam bags, I am confident that my accessories are thoroughly cleaned. Sometimes I can’t quite fit everything that I need to disinfect into one bag, so it would be helpful if the bag were a little larger. The instructions are printed on it, so it is easy for my husband and caregivers to use the bags when I am away. The bags are reusable up to 20 times and there is a place right on the bag to track usage. In summary, the wipes and microsteam bags get my highest endorsement.

Pros: Both products are very easy to use and save time
Cons: Wipes are a little pricey; Microsteam bag could be a little larger

Mom Rating: A

Reviewed By: Resident Mom™ Lensa Resident Mom™ Says:

Quick Clean™ Micro-Steam™ Bags
These are awesome! You can sterilize breast-pump parts, binkies, and bottles and more in these convenient reuseable bags. I will continue to use these.

Pros: 5 bags per box. Use each bag 20 times- although I found no problems using them more more than 20 times.
Cons: They are disposable so you do have to buy more.

Mom Rating: A+

Quick Clean™ Breastpump & Accessory Wipes
These are a great idea and a great help with pumping at work or while traveling! They clean breast pump parts, and more. You won’t have to worry about breast pump parts starting to smell after pumping on those hot days at work! Not quite sure how to clean the small holes in the breast pump parts with out something small like a chopstick to get into the small parts. I found these wipes were great when used with a chopstick to get tiny holes cleaned; then used the Micro Steam bags when I got home to thoroughly sterilize my breast pump parts.

The directions say you can just wipe breast pump parts, let them air dry and they are ready to use again-I always found residue on the parts so I generally (sometimes I didn’t, especially when I forgot parts at home) rinse and sterilize them in Micro Steam bags before I use them again. Really convenient when pumping at work & a time saver when you get home (I don’t have to waste time washing 3 sets of parts when I get home, I get to spend that time with my baby instead!). The wipes are thick and durable. One wipe (or a half a wipe) can clean all parts used for a pumping session. Really great when you only have one set of parts, or forget to put your extra pumping parts in your bag, just wipe and reuse your parts for the next pumping session. I will continue to use them regardless of the cost. I do not have time to wash parts at work & with pumping 3 times a day I feel better knowing that breast milk isn’t drying & growing bacteria on my breast pump parts!

Pros: 24 THICK wipes in a package; non bleach, non alcohol; can be used for more than just breast pump parts; time-saver when used for your breast-pump parts; you can cut the wipes in half to make them last longer!
Cons: Don’t get the holes & small areas of breast pump parts cleaned unless you use a chopstick or something to poke the wipe into the holes; can be costly if you go through a lot; leaves a residue on pump parts when the wipes is really wet.

Mom Rating: A

Reviewed By: Resident Mom™ Linda
Resident Mom™ Says:
I live in Louisiana, but my job is in California and luckily i got these samples right before my first trip back to LA after maternity leave. It was great because at home I have the luxury of using a bottle brush and soap and letting them air dry on a towel. But with traveling I didn’t have access to that. So I pumped and then used the wipes and then took them to work where I was able to stick them in the microwave and disinfect them, which worked great! At work I did get to wash them out with soap, but it was so handy to have these wipes on hand when I couldn’t. And I travel a lot so this is really great to help me keep pumping. Because we all know the more obstacles you have to pump, the easier it is to quit. The microwave bags are very effective, you just need 2 oz of water and about 3 min in my microwave (varies by microwave). But each bag can be used 20 times, so the box may hold 5 bags,but that’s really 100 uses, which is literally amazing for the price! And you have the satisfaction of knowing they’re disinfected without boiling a pot of water and waiting.

Pros: Everything
Cons: None

Mom Rating: Overall rating for me on both are A. Great items!

Reviewed By: Resident Mom™ Katie Resident Mom™ Says:

Quick Clean™ Micro-Steam™ Bags
I love the steam bags!! I bought several bottle/pacifier disinfectant contraptions, but they were so bulky and not user friendly. I prefer the Medela steam system. I love the ease of the product while traveling. I have bought several for myself and for gifts for my new mom friends! I had a difficult time remember to cross off the number of times I used the bag. That is the only problem I had. LOVED this!!!!

Pros: Portability
Cons: None

Mom Rating: A

Quick Clean™ Breastpump & Accessory Wipes The cleaning wipes were really nice to have at work. They were handy to use in between pumping sessions. However, the product says clean without having soap or water, but I had to rinse off the various parts of the pump with water. I was hoping I would be able to clean the pumping equipment in my room without having to carry the equipment around the school where I work. Unfortunately, this product did not live up to the claims.

Pros: Handy
Cons: Still had to use water

Mom Rating: B

Reviewed By: Resident Mom™ Laila
Resident Mom™ Says:
I LOVE the Quick Clean™ Breastpump & Accessory Wipes! When I pump milk at work I usually have to sit in my car just to have peace and privacy. The wipes are great for me because I can just wipe everything down and leave my stuff in the car and don’t have to worry about rinsing everything out in the break-room with everyone watching. I can use one wipe and be able to clean my entire pump(manual) and the bottle so no milk residue sits until I can get home and wash everything and they don’t even leave streaks or residue. I will def. buy these in the future and recommend them to everyone! Plus these can be used on just about anything (great to have for changing diapers at a public restroom!)

The Quick Clean™ Micro-Steam™ Bags are great to use maybe when out of town or in place of boiling parts in a pan or using a bottle sterilizer. Very simple to use, quick, and each bag can be used over and over!

Pros: Both items are very easy and fast! Good for a working mom of four!
Cons: Pricey, but worth it!

Mom Rating: A+