Is my plan to clean these bottles good enough?
January 31, 2011 7:20 AM Subscribe
Glass bottles that were in hot water with some dilute generic store brand WD-40, so they got some residue on them. I need to make them safe and clean for flavored vodkas for human consumption. Please help!
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In three days, I have some friends coming over for an activity. We will be infusing alcohol with different herbs for medicines and drinking.
I drink GT-Dave's kombucha, which comes in tall glass bottles. Since I have so many of the old bottles, I am planning to use them for the activity. The bottles have a sticky label on them. Most of the labels came off fine but there were a few I needed to use some generic store brand WD-40 on to get the filmy sticky label off.
The bottles were all soaking in a bucket of hot soapy water when I was taking the labels off. I tossed some of the bottles I used WD-40 on back into the bucket where they soaked with the rest of the bottles.
I realized that I had to get any possible WD-40 residue off of all of the bottles. So here is what I have done so far, as well as my future plan.
1. First I rinsed all the bottles off and soaked them in a brand new bath of hot soapy water.
2. After they had soaked for a little bit, I put a generous squirt of dr. bronner's soap in each bottle and then filled it to top with new hot water. I screwed the cap on each and set it on my counter.
3. The bottles are now sitting on my counter for the next hour or so with hot soapy water and the cap on.
4. After an hour on my counter, I will empty each bottle, rinse it out, and put it in my dishwasher.
5. I will take them out of the dishwasher, fill each again with new hot soapy water for another hour long soap.
6. Through the dishwasher once more.
After all of this, can I be sure that the bottles will be safe to use? Is my plan good enough? If not, what else do I need to make sure they are totally clean? The bottles already dont smell like WD-40 anymore.