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cleaning soda bottles? Answered

What is the best way to clean plastic bottles so they can be repurposed? (Hanging planters, bottle-bottom flowers, etc) Thanx! Y'all are AMAZING.

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dezignarob

9 years ago

You can get crud out of glass bottles by swooshing soapy water around with a tablespoon or two of uncooked rice. I don't know why that would not work for PET bottles also. I think I might try giving it a rinse with dilute white vinegar to make sure all the soap is gone.

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Gorfram

9 years ago

I'd say dish soap and hot water, just like any other dish you need to wash. Since the bottles are so narrow-necked, I'd fill them with hot soapy water and then dump that out and refill 2-3 times; and then do another 2 or 3 fill-&-dumps with hot rinse water. I've washed a gazillion or so bottles this way, and never had a problem.

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Gorframfought piranhas

Answer 9 years ago

Should have mentioned... They can be a bear to dry, because of the narrow necks again. OTOH, they can be dried much more easily after they're cut - just be aware that a spot or two water may be lurking somewhere whem you cut the bottle. To dry without cutting, I usually give them 12 hours draining time upside down in the dishrack, and then set them upright on the counter so the last few drops can evaporate, I check in 24 hurs or so - they're ususally dry by then, by sometimes need another day, or two.... Have fun repurposing! :)

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dianakbrown

9 years ago

water... if sticky...hot water

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fought piranhasdianakbrown

Answer 9 years ago

That would be enough to safely remove sticky soda residue? I was concerned because I saw a comment on an instructable suggesting bottles not COMPLETELY cleaned would grow scary mold. Thank you for your help. :) Melisa