How to Get Dirt Out of Old Bottles That Have Small Mouths

Shayla Lawson

Removing dirt from an old bottle with a small mouth may take multiple attempts with different methods in order to achieve the desired results. Although abrasive chemicals may work to remove debris, they are often costly and potentially damaging to the bottle.

Uncooked rice can prove a handy scrubber inside hard-to-clean glass bottle.

Consider using a few common kitchen items to achieve the desired result.

  1. Fill the bottle 1/4 full with uncooked rice. The uncooked rice will scrub the dirt from the hard-to-reach crevices of the bottle.

  2. Pour undiluted white vinegar into the bottle to the halfway point. The acetic acid in the vinegar will help loosen and dissolve the dirt.

  3. Add the liquid detergent until the solvents in the bottle reach 3/4 of the bottle's full height. The detergent will break up any oils binding the dirt to the surface of the glass.

  4. Cap the bottle with two to three layers of plastic wrap. Mold the plastic wrap around the neck of the bottle and secure using rubber band. Make sure the seal is tight enough to prevent leakage.

  5. Shake vigorously for several minutes. If the solution does not shake easily remove some of the liquid. Turn the bottle upside down to see how the mixture takes effect. Repeat if necessary. The solution can be left overnight to allow the vinegar and detergent time to dissolve the dirt.

  6. Tip

    Pipe cleaners, hummingbird feeder cleaning brushes, and medium-gauge copper wire vary in sizes that fit the small mouths of many old bottles. If the job requires fine detailing to remove particularly stubborn areas, these cleaning tools may help. Or, wrap a cotton ball to the end of a meat skewer, forming a large cotton swab. Effervescent denture cleaning tablets also prove affective in cleaning some kinds of debris. Break two to three tablets into a bottle, cover 1/4 of the bottle full with a layer of hot water, seal with plastic wrap, and shake.