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Home and Garden, Natural Cleaning

Glass Spray Bottles for Cleaning Products

amber glass spray bottles for cleaning products

My most-asked question of late is where I buy glass bottles and glass spray bottles for cleaning products, specifically for storing homemade cleaning products.

To give you some context, this is some of my collection of homemade cleaning products in said glass bottles:

where to buy glass bottles for cleaning products

Want in on a secret?  I didn’t buy a single one of these bottles especially for storing cleaning products.  I’ve recycled every single bottle, giving each bottle a new use once I was done with the contents.

From left to right, the first bottle is a gin bottle with a screw top (Edinburgh Gin) that conveniently fits a spray nozzle.  It contains my lavender daily shower spray.  The gin was pretty good too!

The middle bottle is another gin bottle with a cork /wood stopper (Lidl), that I use to store my homemade fabric conditioner.

The last bottle is a vinegar bottle that I’ve repurposed to hold my homemade fabric refresher spray.  Some shops have started to sell their vinegar in plastic bottles (hello Sainsbury’s) but glass bottles of vinegar are still widely available in other shops, and at under 70p make a great cleaning product ingredient and then storage bottle when you’re done.

Any bottle will do – just use what you already have. Bottles that have screw tops are especially useful as most will fit a spray nozzle, but as you can see even stoppered bottles have their uses.

For the spray tops, I reused spray nozzles from old cleaning products bottles.  I always find the best thing to do is to pop the stem of the spray nozzle in water and spray it a few times to remove any pre-existing cleaning solution that might be in there before using it in your homemade products.

I store these clear glass bottles in either the cupboard under my sink or my bathroom cupboard.  Sunlight, particularly direct sunlight, can degrade the effectiveness of the essential oils that these products contain, hence the need to keep them someplace dark.

For cleaning products I tend to store on the worktop, e.g. my homemade kitchen spray, I store these products in amber glass bottles to prevent sunlight from affecting the cleaning solution:

amber glass bottles for cleaning products

I haven’t (yet!) found a way to purchase something I need in an amber glass bottle so I do buy amber glass bottles specifically for use for storing cleaning products.  I purchase them from G Baldwin & Co, in the 500 ml size as I find that size the most practical, and at 85p a bottle they thankfully aren’t expensive.

Spray nozzles can also be purchased from G Baldwin & Co, pretty cheaply too if you don’t have enough.

I hope this has helped with your glass spray bottles for cleaning products queries, and, of course, if you are looking for some cleaning product recipes then I can wholeheartedly recommend this book! ;)

Home and Garden, Natural Cleaning

Where to Buy White Vinegar in Bulk

where to buy white vinegar in bulk uk

where to buy white vinegar in bulk uk

Hello!  Let’s talk vinegar – specifically, where to buy white vinegar in bulk.

You see, I go through a lot of white vinegar in our house. If I’m not cleaning with it, I’m pickling and preserving the bounty from our allotment.

Glass bottles of white vinegar can be picked up relatively cheaply from the supermarket or corner shop.  It’s around 80p for just shy of 500 ml.  And what I love is that the glass bottles are very useful.  Simply pop a spray nozzle on the bottle once you’re done and you’ve got an instant eco-friendly cleaning bottle.

The thing is, when you’re using vinegar in relatively higher quantities, the price soon adds up, and shop assistants give you funny looks when you start buying five bottles of vinegar in one transaction.  Voice of experience here.

To save money, and to save blushes, instead, I buy my white vinegar in bulk online and get it delivered to my door.

Looking to buy vinegar in bulk too?  I have found the cheapest place to purchase white vinegar in bulk – let me share my secrets with you.

Where to buy white vinegar in bulk

eBay is by far the cheapest place I’ve found to buy vinegar in bulk sizes.  Early in the New Year, I picked up 20 litres of vinegar which cost me £7.94 with free postage. That’s around 40p per litre, compared to £1.60 a litre when buying the glass bottles.  A whopping saving of £1.20 per litre.

The price tends to fluctuate on eBay – at the time of writing the average price is around £15 with free postage.  This still works out cheaper than buying from the supermarket, at this is 75p a litre, compared to that £1.60 a litre, so is still a significant saving.  Do check here* to see the current going rate.

Worried about storing 20 litres of vinegar?  Worry not, the vinegar arrives in four 5 litre cartons, which are a lot more manageable to handle and store than one 20 litre container.  To make life easier I decant the vinegar into a glass bottle to make it even easier to pour.

What Can You Use White Vinegar For?

white vinegar in bulk

Here are some of my favourite white vinegar uses:

How to make infused vinegar for cleaning with

How to make your own fabric conditioner

How to make homemade weedkiller

How to remove stains, naturally

There are also more ideas for using white vinegar to clean your home in my new book, Fresh Clean Home, packed full of green cleaning recipes for every corner of your home.  It’s out on Thursday, so do check it out.  Of course, it’s not all about vinegar – there are lots of other great ways to clean your home naturally without vinegar which I cover in the book too.

Have you found white vinegar cheaper anywhere else?  Do let me know – I love a good deal on vinegar!  Some people get excited by sales on clothes or TVs – not me, no, I get excited by sales on vinegar…!

Please note – don’t use vinegar on granite, stone, marble or similar surfaces, as it can damage the stone.