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Cheap Reusable Liquid Chemical Dispensing Bottle - Rubbing Alcohol, etc.

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I use rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol quite often, but found that I hated the large container that easily spilled and didn't dispense small amounts very easily. This instructible will show you how to take an existing squeeze bottle from ACT, etc and turn it into a spill-proof, easy dosing container for various household chemicals.

All you need is an empty ACT bottle and a pliers. Even if you don't use fluoride rinses, a bottle of generic ACT at Target is only about $2 and you can either use the rinse or discard if you like.

 
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Step 1: Buy yourself a fluoride rinse bottle

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As I mentioned, these can be had if you already use a daily fluoride rinse, such as ACT. Any kind you like, all we are after is the squeeze bottle for the dosing cup at the top.

Target sells generic "ACT" fluoride rinse for about $2 so you won't break the bank to get one.

Step 2: Remove the dosing straw

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Get a needle-nose pliers and gently remove the dosing straw.

Take care not to crush the top part, or you will ruin it. It doesn't take much force to remove the straw, just grab the top with the pliers and gently wiggle/turn the straw tube insert until it starts coming out of the bottle. I found a gentle twist and pull motion works the best.

Step 3: Now clean out the bottle and remove the stickers

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Now that the bottle and straw are separated, thoroughly wash and rinse the inside of the bottle.

Given the shape of the bottle, it's quite difficult to dry it out by hand with a towel, so after washing, just shake out as much of the residual water droplets, and place it by a fan or your house's HVAC vents to air dry.

Once it's dry, you should also remove the stickers on the bottle, since you definitely don't want someone to accidentally confuse the new contents of the bottle as mouthwash. Someone like a child could get very sick if you don't remove the original labels and they thought the contents were safe to consume!

camblonie5 months ago
Any tricks on getting the labels off? Good idea btw.
aka_bigred (author)  camblonie2 months ago

I used my heat gun and it worked great without leaving much residue. A hair dryer would work too.

When the heat gun doesn't work, I use 3M brand adhesive remover. It's citrus based, so it smells nice, an works well to boot.

http://www.amazon.com/3M-6040-ADHESIVE-REMOVER-Weight/dp/B003ZHOZRO

xaenon camblonie5 months ago

If it's a plastic label, you can use your fingernail. Work at one of the corners of the label until you pry it up slightly. It'll take a little doing, but once you have enough of it you can grip, slowly (SLOWLY!) peel the label off. It should come off in one piece if you go slowly.

If it's a paper label, you will probably have to soak it before making the attempt, and no, it probably will NOT come off in one piece.

Either way, you'll probably need something to remove the adhesive residue. I keep a couple of bottles of GOO-GONE around the house for this sort of thing, but there are other products or methods you can try. Google can help here.

Many plastic bottles have their labels silk-screened on, and are not removable.

Incidentally, in some cases the flip-spout cap from some shampoo bottles can be substituted onto some other containers. You may find you can use one of those flip-spout caps on an existing alcohol bottle.

xaenon xaenon5 months ago

Also, bottles of hand sanitizer have a little pump on them that's ideal for dispensing small amounts of alcohol. Once you deplete the hand sanitizer, clean out the bottle and refill with alcohol. Since hand sanitizer is primarily alcohol anyway, the bottle and pump should already be compatible.

jdlee775 months ago

We did the same thing for our dogs water additive (Fresh Dental) it works great!