This is the process we've done since Molly Anne was born. This is basically for ready made formula bottles.
1. Let's start when they're dirty because when you get them from Amazon or wherever, they're dirty. Undo all of the parts and throw them in your biggest pot. As she goes throughout her day and bottles are used, we rinse the bottles and throw them in there. They wait until there are 5 or 6 then we fill the pot full of water and boil them. This was a big load.
2. After they're done boiling (and I've done 5 other things while they're going) we take them out and throw them on the grass drying rack. I used a paper towel this day because I was doing 9 bottles. I usually only have 5 at a time and they all fit on the grass.
3. Once dry, I assemble the top three pieces together but I didn't have time to fill the bottles yet.
4. I came back later and filled all of the bottles with 7 ounces of tap water.
5. Screw on the tops
6. And you're finished! Lots of bottles ready to roll whenever they're used over the next couple of days. Fill with formula and instant bottle!
I keep her formula in a large Tupperware container. We keep one in the kitchen with some bottles that already have the correct number of water ounces and same thing in her bedroom.
Then whenever she needs a bottle, I just add the correct number of scoops to however much water is in there, shake it and done!
Here are some in her room with that container.
The process is really easy. We usually boil bottles when I make dinner so it takes no extra time. Or Kevin does them when he's home for lunch. Yes, I've forgotten they were in there boiling and the water has gotten low but I usually leave the microwave fan on or something to remind me. And technically we have enough bottles to go two days without cleaning but we like everything clean!
A couple things I thought of after I wrote this:
1. I have heard of girls making big pitchers and leaving it in their fridge. Maybe this worked great for them but I didn't like the fact that we would have to have a microwave to warm the bottle from freezing cold to room temp or warm. I like to be on the go and thought I could always use room temp bottled water if in a jam.
2. Molly Anne has never had a warm bottle. I know, I'm a terrible mother. But she had the pre-made formula containers in the hospital and those were room temp so this is all she knows.
Okay share how you do it!! We could all use new ideas!