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Old 12-30-2008, 09:09 PM   #1
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I just acquired some bottles from a friend of mine and was trying to clean them out. Can someone tell me an easy way of cleaning these? I have clorox and Star San. But i was kinda hoping to save the star san for when i sanitize all of my equipment since it is so expensive. Can soaking in Clorox help? Or should i use boiling water? any suggestions would be great!

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Old 12-30-2008, 09:15 PM   #2
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I heard of running them through the dishwasher WITHOUT detergent, and on the heat dry cycle will clean and sanitize them. The heat is what does the sanitizing. The person I heard it from said he had been doing it for a long time without a single problem, but i've never tried it myself.

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Old 12-30-2008, 09:17 PM   #3
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Well i ran them through the dishwasher without soap a couple of times and still some are gunked up... Have not took the bottling brush to them yet. Do folks soak them in a clorox or Star san over night ?

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Here's the info on what to use....http://www.homebrewtalk.com/1031647-post8.html

and starsan is a sanitizer...NOT a cleaner...Clean first sanitze second.

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Old 12-30-2008, 09:27 PM   #5
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I use OxyClean (industrial strength) to clean them. Let them soak, then use a bottle brush. Repeat if necessary. The OxyClean will leave a residue. It is harmless, but looks unsightly. So, I rinse completely, then set the bottles on the tree to dry.

Once they are cleaned, then sanitization is in order. I use the dishwasher, on the dry cycle. I go through 2 cycles to be extracareful. This is the sanitizing step, it does not clean them.

In fact, running the bottles through the entire dishwasher cycle (with no soap) won't clean them. The water can't get into all the places good enough to clean.

This is especially important the older the bottles get. Older equipment has a higher chance of growing mold spores and other contaminants. Because of this, I clean the bottles with water and a brush after I use them, then repeat the cleaning (with the OxyClean) before I sanitize them for bottling.

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Old 12-30-2008, 09:58 PM   #6
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Are you using the brush when you actually see some sort of deposits in the bottle? In the case of mold / crap really stuck in there, I just toss the bottle, I found that no matter how much I used the brush it never got the outer ring on the bottom. All my friends are contributing to the cause and saving bottles that are pop top by rinsing them out thoroughly and upside down into the cardboard box, when they get a case they give them to me.

I washed by immersion in dishsoap and a through rinse, then dry upside down dry, then later that day I immersed them in star san mixture and bottled immediately, still had foam on them from star san. When I bottled last weekend I tossed 2 bottles out of the 2 cases I pulled to use when washing. (I still have 4.5 cases of empties around to pull from so I"m not short on bottles). Is brushing really necessary if you are not allowing crap to form inside (and tossing ones that do get some stuff)

What I am doing is a thorough rinse on the bottles when first used, then storing them upside down in the cardboard box case to ensure water drains out and it minimizes dust and cat/dog hair getting inside the bottles. When bottle time comes I follow the procedure above. I foudn the brush was so stiff it was a PITA to use and just made a holy mess of spray crap everywhere... so i stopped using it and just toss bottles with crud in them...

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My method of cleaning bottles from the recycle center:

Step 1: Get big tub
Step 2: Fill with bottles
Step 3: Dump about 3/4 a cup full of oxyclean
Step 4: Fill with hot water
Step 5: Dunk bottle in until completely submersed or at least bottles are full of water/oxyclean
Step 6: Wait 24 hours
Step 7: Rinse each bottle 2-3 times in water

Done, oxyclean gets all the gunk and labels off no problem, haven't had to use my bottle brush yet.

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I've cleaned a ton of old and mold encrusted bottles and NEVER needed a bottle brush...that's the point of the OXY in oxyclean the fizziness breaks the crud up...also a jet bottle rinser is a good help as well...

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Oxyclean it is then, not that I had not seen the other 1 jillion posts about it just have not bothered to get some yet

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I bought some at a local store a few weeks ago. Not only does it clean bottles, clothes, and dishes. It leaves my sink shiney and clean. My wife appreciates that.




When I have been cleaning my bottles. I usually fill up one side of my sink, throw in a half scoop of oxy clean. Then let it sit for a half hour, or longer depending on where I got the bottles and how clean they were to begin with.

When I clean the bottles that I have drank the fluid from. I will not use the brush. Since I rinse after use. But if I am cleaning bottles bottles that have been given to me. I will soak for a prolonged period in oxy clean, then run the brush through it a few times.

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