How to clean cooking oil out of a glass bottle

Glass collectors understand that the most beautiful bottles come from the oddest of sources. Even a common soda pop bottle sitting in a window takes on a completely new image when the sun peers through the glass at just the right angle. If the glass bottle that holds your cooking oil peaks your interest, you will want to clean it thoroughly after using up the contents. While this may seem like a daunting task, it is important to remove cooking oil residues from the glass to avoid rancid odours.

Empty as much oil out of the glass bottle as you can. Insert a funnel into the top of the glass bottle.

Pour uncooked rice into the glass bottle via the funnel. Continue adding rice until the bottom ΒΌ of the glass bottle is full.

Remove the funnel and add a squirt of dish soap to the inside of the glass bottle. Add 1 tsp of distilled white vinegar. Fill the glass bottle with hot water, leaving the top 1 inch empty.

Cap the bottle tightly and give the bottle a shake. Continue shaking for one to two minutes. As you shake, the rice will scrub the inside of the glass, assisting the dish soap in breaking down the oil.

Allow the glass bottle to sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Hold a metal strainer over the sink. Open the cap and pour the contents of the glass bottle into a metal strainer to catch the rice as the water and suds falls into the sink.

Rinse the glass bottle, thoroughly removing the soapsuds. Allow the glass bottle to air dry before displaying.


Sometimes the rice does not do the trick on the first attempt. If this is the case, repeat the cleaning process.


Do not empty the rice directly into your sink. Always use a strainer. Rice that goes down the drain can cause a clog.

Things You'll Need

  • Funnel
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Uncooked rice
  • Dish soap
  • Metal strainer
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Jonae Fredericks started writing in 2007. She also has a background as a licensed cosmetologist and certified skin-care specialist. Jonae Fredericks is a certified paraeducator, presently working in the public education system.