Clean & Sanitize Refillable Bottles in a Few Easy Steps
We love and appreciate each and every one of you and want you to know we are here to assist you on your waste-less journey. It is important to be sure your bottles are clean, dry, and sanitized before bringing them in to be filled. Properly sanitized bottles and containers ensure your products will stay fresh as long as possible. Because our products are plant based and do not contain the same chemical preservatives as other household cleaners and personal care items they are more susceptible to mold or turning rancid if the product is stored in an unclean bottle. We offer home cleaning items for refill such as dishwasher powder, laundry detergent, hand soap, dish soap, all-purpose cleaning spray. We also offer refillable body care products including shampoo/conditioner, body wash, body lotion, cream deodorant, massage oil and more.
You can reuse any bottle or container that has the fluid ounces marked on it. We charge by volume, so just make sure we can tell how many ounces the container holds. You can get creative with this. Use mason jars, old shampoo bottles, empty dishwashing liquid bottles, whatever you like!
By reusing your bottles and refilling your home cleaning and body care products you can cut down on waste by a significant degree. Many people are unaware that most recyclable bottles and packages don’t get processed in the United States. Recycling from the States is sent to China for processing, creating a huge amount of emissions as the recyclables are shipped over-seas. Unfortunately, China has begun to refuse our recyclables due to inundation and lack of ability to keep up with the amount plastics and packaging being sent. Part of our sacred duty as caring and conscious humans on this beautiful planet is to create as little environmental impact as possible and one significant way to do that is to reuse/refill/repurpose as much as possible. It is up to us to be stewards for this planet and take the best care of her we can to maintain her delicate eco system that we are an integral part of. Beginning to implement reuse and refilling of home cleaning and body care products and buying less single use bottles and packages can cut down on how much goes into your recycling bin at the end of the week. We encourage you to take a look at how much you are putting in your recycling bin and how much of that maybe could have been avoided. What household items do you purchase over and over with a new package or bottle each time that could have been refilled instead?
Perhaps you didn’t even know that it was possible to refill home cleaning products. We didn’t always know it was an option either! We by no means are perfect or completely waste and one-time use package free, but we are committed to doing our best by refilling and cutting down on packaging when we can. We are here to support you, so if you feel unsure about how to start, we are happy to help. Once you begin to make these small, but very impactful changes you will notice your weekly recycling and waste bag getting a little lighter and perhaps your environmental footprint too!
Steps to proper cleaning and sanitizing your reusable bottles:
- Clean your bottle or vessel thoroughly with warm soapy water, making sure to remove all old cleaning or body care product residue.
- Sanitize bottles, spray nozzles, and lids with a diluted solution of rubbing alcohol with a ratio of 70% water to 30% alcohol.
- Be sure your containers are completely dry before bringing them in to be filled. (Fun fact: Sanitizing with alcohol helps to evaporate excess water from small containers or containers with small openings that are hard to dry)
- Bring sanitized bottles in and we will help you fill up on all your household cleaning and body care products!
You can keep extra pre-sanitized bottles in your car for impromptu refill trips, or the inevitable moment when you’re halfway to the store and realize you forgot your reusable bottles and bags. We still have our moments of regret when we’re in line at the grocery store or farmers market and realize we forgot our reusable bags! Even if it doesn’t seem like it, every little effort makes a difference. You never know, maybe you’ll be the one inspiring the person behind you in line, or your family members to start making their own changes when they see how easy and fulfilling it is to start living a waste-less lifestyle.