As an aromatherapist, I’m bound to have a stash of emptied essential oil bottles. Good thing I’ve found a way to repurpose them as part of my class kits for our Caticorn workshops.
So read along to learn how I do it.
First, I place them all in a clean bowl and sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda. Baking soda is an alkaline product so it works well in cleaning anything that’s oily or greasy. So if you’re trying to clean carrier oil bottles, this trick works as well.
Then I drizzle my favorite dish washing detergent over it. In here, I’m using Young Living’s Thieves Dishwashing Liquid. After that, go ahead and pour your freshly boiled water.
Now it’s time to wear your thick rubber gloves to protect your hands from the freshly boiled water and get your straw brushes or those cute little baby nipple brushes. Brush all the nooks and crannies of your empty essential oil bottles.
Yup, I use multiple brushes to reach each and every corner of all parts–including the caps and the translucent plastic reducer.
After brushing all of it thoroughly, I put it in a separate bowl and rinse it with another round of freshly boiled water. Most of the residue will be washed off at this point. But in case you can still smell or see anything, just repeat the steps again.
In my experience, the toughest ones are the viscous oils like your myrrh and vetiver or the grounding oils like patchouli or petitgrain.
Enjoy and let me know if you have an alternative way of doing it!
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