How to Clean Old Jars

Glass jars can come in different colors, shapes and sizes. Collecting old jars is an inexpensive way to find decorative pieces for storing things around your house. You can purchase old jars at secondhand stores for rather inexpensive prices. The only challenge with collecting old jars to use around the house is that many times they will come stained or have unidentifiable substances stuck to them.

Things You'll Need

  • Old jars
  • Sink
  • Hot water
  • Dish soap
  • Sponge or nylon scratchy pad
  • Saucepan
  • Vinegar
  • Stove
  • Plastic tub

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Place your old jars in the sink. Fill the sink with hot water and add 2 tablespoons of dish soap to the water. Swish the water a couple of times to distribute the dish detergent and to make the water sudsy.

Let the old jars soak for about 20 minutes and then wash them with a sponge or nylon scratchy pad. Rinse the soap off of the jars, drain the sink and set the jars upside down in the sink to drip dry.

Fill a saucepan with vinegar and heat it over medium heat, not to boiling but just warm enough that you can feel heat coming off of the vinegar. Pour the warm vinegar into a large plastic tub and dip any old jars that have a white film over them into the warm vinegar.

Throw away any jars that still have a white cloudy film after the vinegar treatment if you don't like the film, as that film can't be removed. Rinse the rest of the jars with water and set them in the sink, upside down, to drip dry.


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