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You can clean narrow-neck bottles, even ones that are a weird shape - like my hummingbird feeder - for free, without a brush.
A bottle that needs cleaning. A spoon. Water. Dish Soap. Rice.
Just a plain teaspoon full should do. You can add more if it's a big bottle, but it doesn't take a lot. Don't put it in yet.
Any kind of dish soap is okay. You don't need to add much, just enough to "glue" the rice together on the spoon. (About half a teaspoon here.) You don...
Tip the contents of the spoon slowly into the bottle. The soap acts as "glue" so the rice doesn't spill all over your kitchen.
Fill up the bottle about halfway with water (more than in this pic)
Cap the open end with your finger and gently shake, rotate, and invert the bottle, so the rice grains come in contact with the glass.
Empty the bottle and give it a really good rinse, to get all the soap out. Ta da! (If you're doing this for a hummingbird feeder, you can also give i...
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Fine gravel works even better as it has sharp edges and is varied in size AND doesn't get soft. When I was a kid, we used a hand full of gravel to clean any bottle that had a narrow neck.
Used this method with orzo pasta to clean my guinea pig's water bottle (minus the bleach step). Worked extremely well, thank you!
Excellent idea! Glad you mentioned the diluted bleach rinse so no residual soap (toxic). Red food dye is unhealthy too. Love those little guys!
Liked the bleach to the soap and rice and water. It helped LOTS.
I had an old and very re-used Worcestshire bottle (bigger than a wine bottle) that has been rinsed, re-filled and rinsed, re-filled innumerable times over the years. FINALLY decided to finish and clean bottle before re-use this time. Could NOT get the sauce stains out. Used your rice and soap and water (to which I added bleach) and it was WONDERFUL. Worked like a charm. It is now back in the Fridge full again. THANKS.
Brilliant! Worked on a VERY heavily stubborn mold that had soaked for 2 days in bleach & Dawn - with no improvement whatsoever. Then I put the rice in and VOILA!!! . THANKS!
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