How to Refill Used Squeeze Bottles

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Squeeze bottles--generally small plastic bottles with a removable pointed tip--can be useful in a wide variety of ways. You can fill them with chocolate or caramel sauce to drizzle over your favorite desserts, aioli or harissa to put on your favorite savory dishes, balsamic reduction to swirl over a plate before topping it with food or even mustard and mayonnaise for sandwiches. Refilling a used squeeze bottle can be a somewhat confusing process if you have never done it before.

Things You'll Need

  • Dish soap
  • Funnel (optional)
  • Small spoon (optional)
  • Paper towel

Cleaning

Remove the top of the squeeze bottle by gripping it firmly and turning it counterclockwise while holding the squeeze bottle in place.

Fill the bottle halfway with hot water and add a squirt of dish soap.

Replace the top onto the squeeze bottle, twisting it firmly into place. Put your finger over the opening in the top.

Shake the bottle vigorously until all visible residue is dissolved in the hot water. Remove your finger from the lid, point the squirt bottle into the sink, and squirt out the hot water. Repeat this process if the bottle does not appear completely clean.

Unscrew the lid from the top of the bottle and scrub all accessible surfaces by hand. Rinse the bottle thoroughly to remove any soap and turn it upside-down to dry.

Filling

Remove the lid from the squeeze bottle.

Insert a funnel into the opening in the squeeze bottle if you plan to fill it with a substance thin enough to drain through the funnel.

Pour the item you wish to place in the squeeze bottle into the funnel and allow it to drain into the squeeze bottle. If you are using a thicker substance that will not drain through the funnel, use a small spoon to scoop the substance into the bottle.

Tap the bottom of the bottle against a hard, solid surface such as a counter or tabletop once it is approximately 25 percent full. Keep the bottle upright while you do this. This will allow any air bubbles to escape from the substance you are putting into the squeeze bottle. Continue filling the squeeze bottle, tapping it on a hard surface regularly, until it is full. Remove the funnel if you were using one.

Wipe the top of the squeeze bottle with a paper towel if any of the product you were filling the bottle with has spilled onto its rim. Replace the lid on the squeeze bottle.

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