Recycled Glass Soda Bottles for Dish Soap, Oil, and Vinegar

Take a look at these vintage soda bottles, recycled by Monika into easy-pour bottles for her oil and vinegar. This is an easy way to make your kitchen a little nicer and reuse something in the process: get rid of your ugly branded dish soap bottle!

We have encouraged you to get rid of your dish soap bottle before. There are three good reasons for this:

  • Aesthetics and functionality: You can replace a big, heavy, or ugly bottle with something more squeezable, something more beautiful, or just more functional.
  • Frugality: When you have a standard bottle in your kitchen you can just buy bags of generic dish soap, or buy it in bulk.
  • Water it down: Most dish soap is much too concentrated. In fact, it's so concentrated that it doesn't do a good job cleaning the dishes. This is counter-intuitive but true; it takes a lot more water to lather it up and wash the slick, heavy soap off the dishes. I dilute my dish soap with an equal amount of water, and it actually works better (and lasts twice as long too).

These recycled soda bottles are a very cute option, especially for a bright mod or vintage kitchen.

You can do the same with vinegar or oil, too. I buy my basic olive oil in huge cans and refill a darkly-tinted bottle every week. The dark tint protects the oil from the light, and I have an inexpensive plastic pourer that pours smoothly.

What about you? Do you switch out your dish soap, vinegar, oil, and other kitchen liquids into a reusable bottle?

(Image: Monika from House Tour: Monika's Evolving Experiment)

Originally published 2009-04-28 - CB

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.