The last year or so, I have accumulated a few old essential oil bottles, that I no longer used. I knew that there had to be a simple way to clean and recycle old Essential Oil Bottles. So, I decided to experiment.
I threw all these bottles into a glass bowl and guessed at what ingredients I felt would help remove the labels… and I was pleasantly surprised at how well they came off.
So here is what I did…
1. Get a large bowl of water. Place your essential oil bottles into this water, opened, with the droppers removed. (the dropper is the small plastic piece in most EO bottles, that helps you pour the oils out – they pop right out on my bottles).
2. Once the bottles are in this water (It was cold tab water btw). I then added in a SQUIRT of Dr. Bronners (that I had on hand. I use Dr. Bronners for my surface cleaner recipe – if you haven’t tried that yet, you need to! Its the best). Dr. Bronners is a great soap to have in your cabinet. I have had the same bottle for almost 2 years now. It cost like $20 bucks for a bottle but it will last you forever. Well worth the cost. Target sells it. As well as Walgreens. Amazon of course has it too.
3. I also put a squirt of jojoba oil (but any oil would work, so olive oil. EVOO, even canola oil would probably do fine).
4. I also put 1 squirt of dawn dish soap... cause well, I figured they clean oil covered animals with dawn, so it should do the trick, right?
5. I let it sit for a couple hours.
6. I then peeled the labels off after they soaked. The labels peeled really easily… Once I peeled them, I tossed the labels and placed the bottles back into the soapy bowl of water. By this point it looked gross and cloudy.
7. Allow it to soak a few more hours. I then got a cloth napkin and set it on my counter top. I got another cloth napkin, a touch of baking soda and began rubbing the bottles and tops down. Removing any left over stickiness.
8. I then placed them into a strainer. Rinsed them with warm water... and once rinsed, I placed them on an clean cloth napkin to dry. Thats it!
They look great and like brand new bottles now.
I will say some of them do still kind of smell like the oils that were in them… but not heavily. I would reuse these for blends I create… or diluted oils. They’d also be a great way to share favorite blends with friends as Christmas gifts and such. You can never have enough of these cute little bottles.
These bottles are BLUE glass btw… a high quality glass that I LOVE. However the company I order from Rocky Mountain Oils, now uses BROWN Amber glass instead. The brown amber is still high quality and perfectly fine, but not nearly as pretty. From what I understand the company was growing so fast that the source of their “high quality” blue bottles, could not keep up with the demand. (Take note, not all blue glass is the same, cheap imitation glass from china is not worth even using). So that is when they decided to switch over to the brown amber.
Again, totally fine. Just a side note :) – in case some people were curious why they no longer had the bottles in blue.
Because they don’t sell them in blue any more, its made me want to keep and reuse these even more. They are such pretty bottles.
I hope this walk through helps you all out. If you do this, let me know how it worked for you. Im just tickled my experimenting actually worked haha… was totally blog worthy.
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