How to Get Smell Out of Glass Jars and Bottles

Though product related jars and bottles weren’t made for reuse, they can sure come in handy.  When reusing the glass containers, an off-putting aroma of previous contents often exist long after the food and drink has been consumed from them.  This odor can be distracting and devaluate the personal value of the container.


 

Fortunately, there are several things that can be done to remove the unwelcome musk and deodorize the glass container.  By following the below solutions, the glass jars and bottles can be freshened and ready for use.

 
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Smell Removal Solutions

 

1 Soak in Hot Water & Dish Detergent

Soaking the glass containers with the sink with hot water and dish detergent is often enough to remove the residual odor from the jars and bottles.  Fill the sink with hot water and add 3-4 teaspoon of dish detergent within the pool of water.  Place glass jars and battles within the sink and allow the to soak for 2-3 hours.  After time has passed, let sink drain and rinse the glass containers clean of soapy residues.

 

2 Run Through Dishwasher

This may sound too simplistic to be true, however running the glass jars and bottle through the dish washer is often enough to strip them of unwelcome odors.  For the maximum impact on the odor, run the glass containers through the dish washer on the machine’s hotest setting. Often,  dishwashers are helpful for delivering the high level of heat needed to expand the glass and sweep the smell away.

 

3 Strip Food Odor with White Vinegar

When soaking within hot water and dish detergent is not enough, you can add a deodorizing boost by using white vinegar.  Fill the bottles with four parts hot water to one part white vinegar and allow for the jars and bottle to deodorize over night.  Finalize the next day by pouring out the mixture and rinsing with fresh water.

 

4 Absorbe Food Odor with Baking Soda

This household ingredient has been used for generations due to it’s odor absorption capabilities.  Mix one part baking soda to five part hot water within each of your glass containers.  Allow glass jars and bottles to sit overnight before returning within the morning to rinse clean with fresh water.

 

5 Squeeze Lemon Juice

This is a subtle but effective way to remove food related odors from your glass container.  The citric acid found within lemons help to eat through odors and leave a fresh scent of lemons.  Fill the bottle with one part lemon juice and ten parts water, and allow the mixture to sit for 4-5 days.  After this time has passed, pour the contents out and put the bottle into use.


1 Comment

  1. joy Roxborough

    Thanks for these tips. Will try them out!

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