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Cleaning the Inside of Bottles

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Some bottles can be easily cleaned using a bottle brush, but some bottles are too large and can be difficult to reach all areas on the inside of the bottle. This is a guide about cleaning the inside of bottles.
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April 10, 2017

I recently discovered this clever trick. Use raw uncooked rice to clean tall or irregularly shaped bottles that have difficult-to-reach areas. Just take the bottle and add a little water, some rice, and a small amount of dish soap/detergent. Then fit the lid, (or just cover with your hand) and give it a good shaking. The rice is hard enough to scrub any residue from the side of the bottle.

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April 18, 20170 found this helpful

A row of old glass bottles.

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Cleaning the inside of a glass bottle can be problematic, especially if the neck is narrow or the bottle quite small. This is a guide about cleaning dirty glass bottles.

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September 16, 2011

To clean the inside of a bottle, rinse obvious debris out. Then put two tablespoons of powdered, automatic dishwashing detergent in the bottle. Or place one tablespoon salt, and one teaspoon dish soap in bottle. Add very hot water until 1/3 full.

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Cover opening with thumb. Shake bottle, up and down, from side to side, and forward and backward. Make certain you mix it up in every angle of the bottle.

If it foams too much, re-do this procedure with less dish soap. You may increase the salt this time.

By Miss Bonnie from Denver, CO

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May 21, 20140 found this helpful

Thanks Ed. Crushed eggshells work too.

Marg from England.

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April 9, 2010

A quick and easy way to dry the inside of bottles or decanter that can't be dried with a brush or rag on the inside is to take about 3/4 cup of quinoa grain and swirl it around the inside of the bottle. It will absorb the moisture, and not leave any residue. Quinoa is a grain-like berry and is very absorbent to do this task.

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By tecolote from San Diego, CA

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May 27, 20120 found this helpful

I warm the oven to 200 degrees, put the bottle in and turn the oven off. Works like a charm.

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January 5, 2013

I have found that the best and cheapest way to clean the inside of bottles is to use vinegar and baking soda. The soda will cause the vinegar to fizz; so, it reaches all areas inside the bottle.

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September 16, 2014

I shake a small amount of rough cut small gravel with some detergent and water to clean our bottles that have stuff stuck to the inside. Just strain off and rinse the gravel, let dry, and it is ready for next time.

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November 13, 2011

I had an old glass Bo Peep Ammonia bottle. I was thrilled with it, because I love anything vintage. However, it had a very small mouth. The idea to clean it, was to use a small piece of a shim, cut lengthwise (make sure you cut a piece as small as the mouth of the bottle).

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September 14, 2011

Use denture cleanser tablets to clean the inside of the bottles. Put in the tablet (break up to fit), add water, and shake.

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September 15, 2011

Fill the object with straight, plain vinegar and letting it sit for a day or two. If this does not work then add a bit of sand to the vinegar and shake it really well, repeatedly.

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September 14, 2011

One of the best methods I have found is to buy the tablets for cleaning dentures. Depending on how large the bottle is, drop a whole one or 1/2 of one in the bottle and add hot water.

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September 14, 2011

Use 2 Tbsp. of Oxi Clean, fill with water and shake. Leave overnight and use a bottle brush the next morning.

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September 14, 2011

Put in some coarse salt inside the bottle with a bit of water and swirl it around. The salt scours off the crud and it can be rinsed out easily. Repeat if necessary.

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September 14, 2011

I have found putting granulated dishwasher soap in the bottle, filling it with the hottest water possible, and letting it soak overnight works well.

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March 9, 2015

One of my daughters accidentally put oil in my vinegar bottle, and now it smells like old oil. How can I get that smell out? I don't have a brush that small to go into it.

By Lynne L from TN

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March 11, 20150 found this helpful

Wash the bottle with hot soapy water, rinse well, then fill to the neck with full strength white vinegar. Seal the top (either with the lid or a stopper, or with a couple layers of cling wrap held tightly by an elastic band) and leave for a few days in a warm area of your kitchen - top of the fridge always works for me.

Repeat the wash and rinse, check for odours - you should have a fresh smelling bottle.

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August 19, 20150 found this helpful

Fill the bottle with very hot, even boiling water. Shake it a bit and then top it off with the hot water. The oil will float to the top. Use a paper towel or napkin to absorb the oil that has come to the top. You can also use a little dish soap, but put it in after the water so it doesn't foam up. You still need to put more water in on top of the foam, so it fills to the top.

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February 17, 2016

How can you get glue out of glass jars that were once used for candles?

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February 5, 2016

I found a gorgeous glass bottle at a thrift store. It's round, the opening is not very big, and it had a wick. The inside smells like cinnamon, so I think it was a scented oil lamp. I was drawn to it because it reminded me of a magic potion bottle or something, and I wanted to display it at my house. Don't judge me, I'm a bit of a fantasy nerd :P) But looking at it, I would love to be able to use it as part of a costume. Is there a way to clean it thoroughly enough to safely drink out of it? The inside looks very clean, but I am obviously wary about what may have been inside. As much as I would like to drink out of it I will not take the chance of getting sick. I might me weird, but I'm not stupid. lol

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