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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Bottle Cleaning Tips

I love old bottles, but many times they are so dirty inside. What can we use to clean them?
I have some tips that have worked for me.

Pour a small amount of rice inside the bottle with a bit of warm water and shake it. In a perfect world the rice will rub against some of the dirt loosening it.
I also have used denture cleaning tablets, break them up, fill with warm water and drop in tablets. Let them sit and work their magic. Do this several times if necessary.

Another option is baking soda and vinegar. The bubbling action may help loosen some of the dirt.
Do this in the sink, as it can be messy, but fun!!!!!

Sometimes the dirt just needs to be scrubbed. I use an old mascara brush that I cleaned and cleaned and cleaned the mascara off (no easy task).

You can bend it to go in those hard to reach places near the neck.

Those are a few things I do to clean bottles. Hope you enjoyed these tips.



ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

Very helpful tips! Sometimes I pass up bottles because I don't know how to get them clean. Thanks for the options!!

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

Great idea with the mascara wand! I have a whole bin full of old bottles I need to do this with ! :)

terri said...

I love the mascara wand tip. That may be my new go-to tool!

alice said...

Great tips! Thanks. I have these little brushes that you use for flossing your teeth. But I think the mascara wand is brilliant!
smiles, alice

The Green Pea said...

Thank you for all of the tips.. They will be helpful, next time I have to clean some bottles...sandi

trash talk said...

Great ideas and a wonderful brush off!

Andi's English Attic said...

Those ARE really useful tips. Thank you. xx

Vickie said...

Hey Margo - good tips on the bottles - I guess where there's a will, there's a way. And you know junkers - SOOOOO innovative!

DecoratingYourWorld said...

I love it when everyone shares the "LOVE" thanks so much for sharing the tip for bottles check my site for cleaning silver....share the love.You are full of inspiration!!and I enjoy reading your blog~Charlsey

aj said...

Hey Margo,
I haven't tried this on old bottles, but it worked GREAT on old windows that have that 'icky film' that nothing seems to take off . . . . CLR!! (calcium - lime - rust remover)

Give it a try on your bottles and see if it works. I LIKE the grubby/grungy bottles so I leafe them that way! hehe


aj said...

DOH!!! That should be LEAVE them. sheesh!


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