Recycling Essential Oil Bottles: How To Remove The Sticky Residue

- Aug 30, 2018-

When Recycling Essential Oil Bottles, it’s sometimes necessary to remove the labels.  While removing the labels is easy, it can leave behind a stubborn layer of residue.  This is my favorite (easiest) way to remove that sticky residue…


Note: In the title picture above, the cleanest bottle on the right was a result of my easy method described below.  The other two bottles without labels–the ones that look cloudy–were the ones that I slaved over, trying to rub off the gunk and even rubbing essential oil into the residue.  I’m thrilled to have perfected the method and the results!  No more slaving….

You will need:

1.Lemon oil (other citrus oils should work, too)

2.Dish or hand soap

3.Bowl of water

4.Non-fuzzy towel

The Method:

  1. Completely remove the sticky label from the bottle(s).

  2. Prepare a bowl of warm water.

  3. Add 1-2 drops Lemon oil and a squirt or two of soap to the bowl of water; swish around.

  4. Submerge the bottles in the bowl of water.

  5. Let the bottles soak for a while.

  6. Remove one bottle at a time from the bowl and use the non-fuzzy towel to rub off the residue.

  7. Rinse and dry the bottle(s).

And that’s it!  Now you’re ready to use those clean, smooth bottles as mini vasesmini sprays and more.