If you make soap, than chances are you have a stash of fragrant, but empty amber glass bottles. Here is a way to clean and deodorize them so that you can use them for fragrance oils that arrive in HDPE plastic bottles.
What you will need:
Dawn Dish Detergent, coarse salt (kosher, sea salt, even regular table salt will work in a pinch), hot water, a regular household dishwasher.
- Fill empty amber glass bottles 1/4 full with hot water.
- Add several tablespoons of coarse salt to each bottle .
- Add approximately 1 teaspoon of Dawn Dish detergent to each bottle.
- Cap and shake well for about 15 seconds.
- Uncap, finish filling each bottle with hot tap water, leaving 1″ head space. Recap.
- Shake well and let these bottles sit overnight.
- Rinse well next day. Rinse until water runs clear from each bottle. Set upside down in top rack of dishwasher.
- Separate the clear cones from the black caps. Place cap portions in separate sections of the silverware holder in your dishwasher.
- Run dishwasher on the hottest setting with the hot dry cycle. This heat will burn off any residual odors and fully sanitize your bottles.
- Set cooled bottles right side up to cool and allow any remaining moisture to evaporate. Do not use for several days to ensure any remaining moisture has evaporated.
- Set caps and cones on paper towels on a paper plate and allow any residual moisture to also evaporate before putting cones back into caps.
Good luck and safe soap making from Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, where soapmaking is an Art, an Adventure, and a Passion!
Kelly, Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza!
Kelly Bloom is the owner and Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, located in Williamsburg, VA. She is a former Science Education teacher, and the founder of Southern Soapers. Soapalooza sells Kelly’s formerly Southern Soapers branded fragrance oils now under the Soapalooza brand. Kelly is a 20 year veteran soapmaker and soap business owner, supplying wholesale soap for private label as well as back bar products for local boutique spas.
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