Sunday, April 3, 2011

Cleaning Old Bottles

Hey kids! I'm just wrapping up my weekend and wanted to pass along a little tip for cleaning those old dirty bottles that we love.

You may already know this but it was new to me. This method of cleaning them works like a charm on MOST bottles but it won't do anything for rust (diluted muriatic acid gets that out - it will also burn your face off - that's a whole other post).  Anyway...

I love their shape but it also makes them hard to clean with a brush.

Using these two will do the trick.

 Start with salt the more coarse the better...

add some dishwashing liquid & splash of warm water..

give it a good shake...then rinse

and enjoy your pretty bottles!

You may have to do the whole process a couple of times but it works really well for surface dirt. I finished a couple of pretty big projects this weekend and went to Fabric & Fringe again ( it was fab-u-lous!) I have pics to share of fabric heaven - so check back!

Linking up to  Making The World Cuter and Tip Junkie handmade projects.

Talk to you soon -


14 comments:

  1. Thanks so much...I have a couple of bottles that could stand some cleaning.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  2. thanks for the tip, we have a few old bottles we've collected antique shopping

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  3. Thanks for the tip! I've got a window sill full of icky bottles that I can now make fresh and new! I'm now a follower!

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  4. ah-ha! thanks for the tip. :)

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  5. Thanks so much!...we inherited a box of old medicinal bottles when we moved into our home...I love the bottles but don't like the residue of all of the ingredients we dumped out, so have always had to keep them way out of reach of little ones. Should have thought of this though...salt and crushed ice is how to clean a glass coffee pot (waitressing 101).

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  6. Just tried it and yes it really works!!!! Thanks!

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  7. Thanks... it works.
    Kathy from the snowy Ozarks

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  8. Do you have to use Kosher salt, or can you use any type of salt?

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  9. This works on coffee pots as well just add cup of ice and swirl. An easier way to clean old bottles is a denture tablet.

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  10. I found some old bottles buried in a former dump site. They are really nasty. I think I'm going to try soaking in a bleach solution first, as they're really stained.

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  11. I have used rice or dried beans with water and swoosh around.

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  12. Toilet bowel cleaner will work, too.

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  13. How can you retain the shine of an old bottle on the outside?

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  14. Clara 12-29-13..
    Can this be done on old blue bottles without damaging the color?

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