How can I reuse or recycle essential oil bottles?

essential oil bottleA question from my mum – something she mentioned on instant messenger a few weeks ago but I forgot until now ;)

The night we were chatting about it, she had just found a collection of them in a drawer during a clearout. The bottles she has are brown glass, about 6cm (2.5inches) tall but pretty narrow, with a plastic cap and a plastic thing at the top to make drips happen. Other, equally small bottles, come with a pipette instead of the drip thing.

So basically we’ve got some very small bottles that will be tricky to clean out – any suggestions?

Mum thought kids could use them for playing shop – since they’re more kid-size than adult-size – but couldn’t think of anything else. Ideas?

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8 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle essential oil bottles?”

  1. Erin G says:

    Does she make her own essential oils? If so, she could reuse them. Use a bottle brush to clean them.

  2. Joanna says:

    The bottles themselves are the perfect size for single late-winter flowers … one tiny January iris, one or two snowdrops, a primrose head … they are lovely on a desk, or grouped. The brown ones aren’t quite so nice for this as the clear ones or, better, the blue ones.


  3. MJ Ray says:

    The drip-type ones split into plastic and glass parts and both are recyclable in some parts of the UK. Just grip carefully with pliers and tug – fill with warm water first if it’s stubborn.

  4. Matt says:

    Fill them with paint, or liquid drugs like LSD.

  5. Siusan says:

    They can be decorated and given as gifts.

  6. Radhiya Taj says:

    I take mine back to the vendor where I purchased the oils, so he can reuse them.

  7. Nancy says:

    You can clean jars that have oil in them with DAWN liquid dish soap and hot water. DAWN is used to get oil out of the water when they have oil spills, to clean the wildlife and to get oily spots out of your clothes too. After you clean them you can make Bottles of Hope for cancer patients. Good Luck!

  8. Olia says:

    Short once can be turned into door knobs. Screw the lid to the door, then screw the bottle onto the lid.

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