How to Clean and Reuse Essential Oil Bottles

I don’t know about you, but I use essential oils all over my home. I diffuse them and make my own natural face and body products. I also use essential oils to clean my kitchen cutting board. Essential oil bottles are so beautiful and functional, I really hate throwing them away! I also find myself wishing I had an extra bottle of lavender and cedarwood by my bed, frankincense in my bathroom and lemon by my cutting board. Guess what? It’s easy to split up oils and have them in every room of your house. All you have to do is learn how to clean and reuse essential oil bottles. It’s so easy! 

How to Clean and Reuse Essential Oil Bottles

How to Clean and Reuse Essential Oil Bottles

I’ve thrown away plenty of essential oil bottles over the past few years (well, I put them in the recycle bin). I would always look longingly at the bottles and feel sad as I tossed them into our green bin. Little did I know, it’s simple to clean and reuse essential oil bottles. All I do is throw used bottles into a large ziploc bag until I have a pretty big collection (10 or more). Then, I go through the simple process below. 

What You Need: 

  • Thieves Cleaner
  • Large Bowl
  • Empty Essential Oil Bottles
  • Paper Towels
  • Absorbent Drying Towel

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Directions: 

1. Add two capfuls of Thieves cleaner to a large bowl and fill halfway with warm water 

2. Peel Labels off essential oil bottles

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3. Pop out dropper tops using white lid

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4. Place empty bottles, lids and dropper tops in the bowl with Thieves cleaner and water

005 5. Let bottles soak for 2-3 hours or overnight

6. Remove bottles and wipe away label glue residue with a paper towel or soft cloth

*This step is really simple after the bottles have soaked in the Thieves cleaner. The glue residue simply wipes away effortlessly. 

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7. Remove security band from bottle neck

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8. Rinse bottles, lids and dropper caps with clean water

9. Lay bottles, lids and dropper caps on a clean, absorbent cloth to dry

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10. Divide your favorite essential oils into clean bottles 

11. Place label toppers on caps to identify the oils 

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12. Enjoy essential oils all throughout your home and on the go! 

Final Thoughts

That’s all there is to it. You can use the empty bottles to divide your favorite oils up and take them in your purse, on trips or in rooms throughout your home. You can also create your own unique blends for the diffuser or to use on your family.

** Another great tip: Dilute your favorite essential oils with carrier oil and apply a roller top to the empty bottles for easy application. 

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Nicole is the owner, primary blogger and copy editor of Organic Sunshine. She has a passion for healthy, natural living and hopes to encourage others to live a similar lifestyle. Nicole has a bachelor's degree in Healthcare Administration and over 10 years of experience working in Cancer Research. She's also an experienced content writer, producing high quality articles on a variety of topics for many online publications.

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Nicole is the owner, primary blogger and copy editor of Organic Sunshine. She has a passion for healthy, natural living and hopes to encourage others to live a similar lifestyle. Nicole has a bachelor's degree in Healthcare Administration and over 10 years of experience working in Cancer Research. She's also an experienced content writer, producing high quality articles on a variety of topics for many online publications.

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  1. Hi Nicole,

    Here, trend of using glass bottles is decling day by day and we get almost every liquid ( ranging from essential oil to bathroom clener ) in plastic bottles and it is best to dispose them away so that they go to recycle centre and are usd again and again.

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    • I agree Bharat. Glass bottles are to be treasured. There’s no reason we can’t reuse them over and over again. I love finding new ways to use containers and other household items. Thanks for stopping by. Heading over to check out your new article too! 🙂

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    • Hello,I love essential oils,so getting every drop is important,when oils have served there purpose after all drops are gone,put the bottles in sugar or epsom salt and shake around to coat the bottles inside and out and let sit for a day or two to soak up any oils left behind,once done take bottles out and clean out bottles with toothpick or q-tips over container and enjoy a great soak salt or sugar scrub.

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      • I love this idea Susan! I can’t wait to try it. I usually take the empty jars, rinse the remaining with my diffuser water and pour it into the diffuser to get every last bit. But the Epsom salt idea sounds fabulous!

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  2. Perfectly explained cleaning instructions! I also have many small bottles, which have to be cleaned in order to can be reused. With this great explanation I am gonna maintain them very easily! Thanks

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    • I’m so happy you found the post helpful Cynthia! Thanks for commenting. 🙂

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  3. So helpful. There are going to be a lot of essential oil bottles getting this cleaning, as I have been holding onto them not quite sure what to use them for. Just curious, which essential oils do you use to clean your cutting board with? I have a large wooden block board that is probably in need of a good cleaning itself.

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    • Hi Ryan! I’m so happy you found the post helpful. I LOVE cleaning my wooden cutting board with essential oil. I take about 1/4 cup of baking soda and add 8-10 drops of lemon essential oil and about 2 Tbsp of water. Then I scrub with a scrubby pad and rinse well. It really makes the board clean and fresh. Best of luck with your wooden board. 🙂

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