How to get rid of stain in plastic vanilla extract bottle?

lazycookFebruary 16, 2009

I have been reusing an old plastic vanilla extract bottle for years because I like the little spout it has to squirt the vanilla out into the measuring spoon. Before refilling it with more vanilla I thought it would be better to get rid of the stain. I used a tiny bottle brush but was not able to get much off because of the small opening of the bottle. I love this bottle. It is a Tone's vanilla extract that I bought at Costco years ago. Of course they haven't carried it for a long time. Any ideas?

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arizonarose

could you soak it with a diluted bleach/water solution? Is it plastic or glass? If it's plastic, you may not be able to get the stain out.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2009 at 5:01PM
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jonsgirl

The stain shouldn't hurt anything, as long as the bottle is clean. Just wash it out with hot soapy water, let it dry and refill. The stain wouldn't bother me at all.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2009 at 7:40PM
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jannie

Exactly, as long as you like the bottle and it serves its' function, don't obsess over the stain.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2009 at 11:35AM
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lazycook

Although the bottle is stained part of it has a coating that if I were able to reach the inside of the bottle I would be able to scrub it off. Several tries with very hot soapy water doesn't take it off.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2009 at 1:43PM
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jonsgirl

Then I guess I would put something acidic in there like lemon juice or vinegar, let it sit, dump it out but don't rinse it, add some rice grains and shake it really well to loosen vanilla, repeat until gone. Then wash in hot soapy water and dry.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2009 at 2:46PM
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albert_135

I thought vanilla extract was made with alcohol so I would try vodka, perhaps.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2009 at 5:38PM
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rebow

Just be careful that the plastic isn't starting to breakdown. If you see cracks I would just recycle it. Be sure the coating inside the bottle isn't the plastic eroding.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2009 at 8:12PM
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kathleenca

Hi lazycook,

I found some information on Tone's vanilla extract, which may help you. The vanilla extract still has a pour spout, & is available at Sam's Clubs. You can also order direct from Tone's.

"This product is packaged in a clear recyclable plastic bottle with a tamper evident foil-lined inner seal. The bottle has a pour spout lid for ease of measuring. For best results, store tightly closed in a cool dry place.
http://www.tones.com/products/display_product.php?product_id=86

SamÂs Club locator
http://www.tones.com/locator.html

For Tone's Products not available at your local store, please call Diversified Distributing at 1-877-453-1638 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Central Standard Time, Monday through Friday, to place your order. Or order online from SpiceMall here.
http://www.tones.com/product_guide/tones_homeuse_spices.html

Here is a link that might be useful: Ordering from Tone's

    Bookmark   February 18, 2009 at 12:25PM
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bspofford

"I thought vanilla extract was made with alcohol so I would try vodka, perhaps."

Me too. About 1/2 cup, mixed with a little peach schnapps and some orange juice. Add 3 ice cubes, stir, and enjoy. If stain still bothers you, repeat as necessary.

Barbara

    Bookmark   February 18, 2009 at 10:56PM
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jonsgirl

LOL!!!

    Bookmark   February 18, 2009 at 11:33PM
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mustangs81

When I have found lids/tops that I like, I save the top until I find the bottom that it will fit. I did that this morning and it reminded me of your post. I love re-purposing things.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2009 at 8:34AM
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jannie

Martha Stewart herself recommends re-using plastic squeeze bottles, fill them with liquid soaps,etc. So you are ahead of the curve with your vanilla bottle. Don't let the stain worry you. Martha approves.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2009 at 10:03AM
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lazycook

mustangs,...THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! I put the lid from my stained bottle onto my new bottle of extract and it fit perfectly! Why couldn't I think of this myself? What a great idea. Anyway, thanks to all of you for your ideas and fun comments. What a great forum.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2009 at 2:46AM
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elbits

I bought a brand new bottle of Tones vanilla a few weeks ago at Sams.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2009 at 10:09PM
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