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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! ;)

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Plastic-Free July Ideas

plastic-free July ideas

plastic free July ideas

Hello! Happy July everyone! I’m on my holidays right now, so no Ten Things today, but I just wanted to pop in quickly as today marks the start of Plastic-Free July, an annual movement to help reduce the use of single-use plastics.

I thought now would be a good time to re-publish my plastic-free February post in case anyone is looking for some plastic-free July ideas.  I have amassed a few useful plastic-free July ideas over the years that may be helpful to you!

The Plastic-Free Kitchen

Eco-friendly alternatives to cling film to help you stop buying the plastic stuff.

How to make your own beeswax food wraps.

I found some eco-friendly and plastic-free dishwasher detergent!

There’s plastic in your tea – and plastic-free alternatives to teabags.

How to dry mint leaves for tea – I’m still working my way through my batch from summer.

Whilst on the tea theme – I found the world’s best reusable cup for coffee/tea on the go.

You can still have your crisps and eat them with this seriously tasty zero waste crisps recipe

Skip the bagged salad – here’s how to grow snow pea shoots indoors for the princely sum of 13p.

Finally, I wrote on how to go (almost!) plastic-free in the kitchen.

Plastic-Free Health & Beauty

How to minimise your use of plastic in the bathroom – updated for 2018!

How to make reusable cotton wool pads – say bye-bye to disposable wipes or single-use cotton wool pads!

Washing and cleansing the plastic-free way.

A guide to plastic-free make-up.

Eco-friendly alternatives to glitter if you just can’t live in a world without glitter.

How to have an eco-friendly period

Plastic-Free Bathroom Supplies & Toiletries

Plastic-Free Cleaning

My green cleaning favourites

Or there’s this…! ;)

General Plastic-Free Living

How to use reusable nappies – they’re not as scary, difficult or yucky as you might think!

Surprising items that contain plastic – chewing gum anyone?

How to stop junk mail – that barrage of unwanted plastic that comes through our doors every day.

Are you taking part in plastic-free July?  If so, do share with me your top plastic-free tips, or what hurdles you’ve encountered, or any other useful advice!