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Old 02-11-2007, 04:00 PM   #1
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Default Cleaning dirty bottles

I have a bunch of bottles that have been sitting outside for quite a while they have some dirt and such in them, theres way too many to just replace, how is the best way to clean them out?

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Old 02-11-2007, 04:04 PM   #2
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If you have a large container let them soak for a day. Then clean with a bottle brush,rinse and store them turned over until you are ready to use them. Many folks here like oxyclean for soaking.

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Don't have oxiclean, any more household cleaners that would be ok? I have some oxygen activated no rinse cleanser but not enough to do the amount of bottles that i have

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Household bleach will kill germs but it is not the greatest cleaner. Bleach needs to be rinsed well after use too. Do you have a bottle brush?

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Old 02-11-2007, 04:31 PM   #5
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Automatic dishwashing powder in hot water, about 2-3 table spoons/5 gallons hot water.

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Yeah i have a bottle brush, thanks for the help

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Old 02-11-2007, 04:39 PM   #7
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liquid machine washer detergent
clip off the hoop of the end of the brush and put it in a drill. WWhhhiiiirrrrrr!
14 bottles fit snug in the bottom of a five gallon bucket. Go once around with the drill and then drain and soak 14 more

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Old 02-11-2007, 05:02 PM   #8
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liquid machine washer detergent
clip off the hoop of the end of the brush and put it in a drill. WWhhhiiiirrrrrr!
Brilliant! I've been collecting bottles for my first batch that is very close to bottling, but haven't cleaned them yet. A bottle brush connected to a cordless drill, brilliant!
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Don't have oxiclean, any more household cleaners that would be ok? I have some oxygen activated no rinse cleanser but not enough to do the amount of bottles that i have
I've had real good luck with 1 cup household ammonia per 5 gal water. Soaks labels off too. Just soak for a day or 2.
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Old 02-15-2007, 07:09 AM   #10
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Jetwashers are good
I would not be without mine
High pressure cleansing

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