A little while ago I decided I wanted to try my hand and making my own natural cleaners. Looking for necessary supplies gave me sticker shock, $10 for this Empty Glass Spray Bottle??? No thanks, I still had essential oils to buy! So I started thinking about what I could re-purpose for a DIY Glass Spray-Bottle for Homemade Cleaners.
And guess what?
Many glass bottles for liquids that you probably already have in your pantry are threaded for a screw on lid that matches up perfectly with plastic spray bottle nozzles found on commercially made cleaning product bottles.
I rummaged through my cupboards and found 2 vinegar bottles and one cooking wine bottle that were great candidates for a second life as a homemade cleaning product bottle. The opening fit a nozzle from an empty bottle of Method Shower Spray I had on hand perfectly, and as a bonus all 3 of my bottles were brown, which would protect the quality of the essential oils in my homemade cleaning products. While the bottles I already had would have been fine, I wanted a smaller glass spray bottle that would be less cumbersome to use and carry around in my cleaning tote.
Pick a Bottle that Works for You
I picked up a single serve bottle (11 oz. size) of Wegman’s Frizzante for my DIY Glass Spray-Bottle for Homemade Cleaners. Keep in mind many Homemade Cleaner recipes mix up a 16-24 oz. batch. I would rather store excess mixtures that don’t fit in my single serve spray bottle in a labeled mason jar until needed later, than haul around large glass spray bottles in my cleaning tote. But this a purely a personal preference. If you prefer a smaller spray bottle too, and don’t want to store excess you can always half the mixture recipe.
When choosing a glass bottle to use, make sure the straw from the spray nozzle reaches all the way to the bottom of the bottle. Mine was a little too long so I just trimmed it with scissors.
So after you found your ideal bottle, you are going to be faced with the task of removing the labels. I have tried everything from Goo Gone to scrapers. Removing labels from bottles is not my favorite way to spend my time, but I have found a really easy way to get the label and adhesive off the bottle.
- Soak the bottle in HOT soapy water (the heat will soften the adhesive) but don’t get carried away and burn yourself!
- Remove the label ( usually it slides right off), and dry the bottle
- Mix two parts vegetable oil with one part baking soda. Apply mixture to any sticky areas with the scrubby side of a kitchen sponge. The oil loosens the glue, and the baking soda acts as a gentle abrasive to wipe it away.
- Rinse with warm water and dish soap to remove any oil residue!
That’s it! You now have an inexpensive DIY Glas Spray-Bottle for Homemade Cleaners. Later in the week I am sharing a recipe All-Natural Glass Cleaner.
Essential oils, while natural are highly concentrated and there are safety concerns associated with improper use of essential oils. Essential oils should be used with caution, as some can trigger allergic reactions if it comes into contact with skin for some individuals. Pregnant women should consult a doctor before using essential oils, and care should be taken to always store essential oils out of reach of children.