The Absolute Cheapest Bottle Washer

Introduction: The Absolute Cheapest Bottle Washer

About: I like learning new techniques, skills and DIYing. I do my best to make things with materials I already have. My thinking is, if I can make it, and it doesn't cost more money to make it myself than to buy it...

I make my own water kefir, so I collect and reuse wine bottles and flip top bottles. I love making kefir, but I HATE washing bottles! What a pain in the ass! They have to be cleaned though, or I'll be drinking somethings along with my kefir which I don't really care for.

So of course I tried bristles bottle washers. Not long enough. I love the jet bottle washer, but I don't get paid for another week, and need to save my pennies. Lab squeeze bottles are a great idea, but I would have to order them, and I have dirty bottles now, and can't wait days to clean them. So of course, I figure out a way to cobble a bottle washer with stuff I have and can get easily.

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Step 1: Gather Materials

I used:
* an old dish washing liquid bottle-it was in my recycle bin
* a few coffee stirrers-I just happened to pass by my neighborhood coffee shop and got a few
* electrical tape-I had it laying around
* scissors

Step 2: Cut Your Coffee Stirrer in Half

I cut one on the diagonal, just to see if it would be more effective. I didn't see much of a difference from a straight cut.

Step 3: Wrap With Tape and Insert

You don't need much. Just enough to wrap the straw no more than twice. You need the tape, since the stirrer is just a bit smaller than the hole in the cap.

Step 4: Fill, Cap, Squeeze and Clean!

I hit the sides and the bottom of the wine bottle. Extra scuzzy parts benefit from an extra forceful squeeze of water. I left one stirrer uncut to reach the bottom of the bottle better. A bigger squeeze bottle would be better, since it's holds more water so you don't have to stop and fill up so much. This will do just fine until I can get a Jet Bottle Washer, but I can't complain about a solution that I didn't have to pay any money for.

And now my bottles are clean!

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    3 Discussions


    6 years ago

    have you tried using efferdent tablets? They work really well to clean anything glass.


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    You mean something like broken up Alka Seltzer? Never thought about that!


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Actually, while they might work (alka seltzer) I know the efferdent really cleans out hard to reach places on glass or porcelain.