How to Clean Glass Jars

Cleaning the inside of glass jars with very narrow necks is quite a challenge! We recently discovered two quick and easy house cleaning tips on how to get those hard-to-clean glass containers sparkling.

Using uncooked rice, hot water, and a bit of dish soap does the trick. Combined with removing the sticky residue left after peeling off labels, the results are spotless and shining. Inside and out, quick, easy, and simple!

There are two steps: removing sticky label residue and cleaning the inside of a jar:


Step 1: Remove Sticky Label Residue

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You will need:

  • Olive Oil
  • Cotton Balls
  1. Peel off as much of the label as possible.
  2. Pour a small amount of olive oil onto a cotton ball.
  3. Dab the oil generously on the residue, paying particular attention to the areas where small bits of paper remain.
  4. Let oil sit for a minute or two, then scrub with the oily cotton ball. You may need to use your fingernail to remove the remaining paper bits.
  5. After all the residue has been scrubbed away, you are ready for the next step!

Step 2:  Clean Inside Glass Jar Using Uncooked Rice

You will need:

  • Uncooked Rice
  • Dish soap
  • Funnel (optional)
  1. Add a tablespoon or so of rice to the bottle or jar, a dash of dish soap, and about 1/2 cup very hot water.
  2.  Shake vigorously until all the gunk on the bottom and sides has been scrubbed away.
  3. Rinse with hot water.
  4. Repeat if necessary.
  5. Drain, dry, and enjoy!

Any kind of uncooked rice will work fine; however, you may want to keep a small sack of bargain basket rice on hand just for this purpose if you re-use bottles frequently. This method also works on small mouth Mason jars; very useful for the home canning enthusiasts out there who prefer to re-use last seasons emptied jars.

Re-using glass containers for homemade salad dressings, cosmetics, and house cleaning products is a wonderful way to recycle, as well as a cost effective storage option for homemade concoctions or liquid items sold in the bulk section. Cashiers are happy to  record tare weight before you fill up, so no worries on paying for the extra weight of glass.

We hope that you enjoyed this post, and all of us at The Cleaning Crew, LLC send best wishes for a great summer!

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