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    • July 25, 2011 11:30 PM CDT
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      The other day Mark and I picked up a couple of old Purex bottles and of course they were disgusting inside and of course the openings are too small to get a scrubber inside. 

       

      After thinking about it for a bit we came up with a solution that worked beautifully.  We poured about a quarter cup of steel slag (used for sand blasting), some water and a dot of soap and swooshed...and swooshed.  All clean.

       

      Now the question is - would people prefer to buy them filthy and we should not have cleaned them?

    • July 26, 2011 6:15 AM CDT
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      Great question! I just bought an old pharmacy bottle and would like to know what to do with it.
    • July 30, 2011 2:08 PM CDT
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      My parents had this same delima with some bottles that my dad discovered. I advised them to clean them, but very gently as not to damage them. I would think that anyone buying them would want them to be cleaned, and I'm by far, not an antique expert, but I guess I've just never seen a filthy bottle up for sale in the Mall before.
    • July 31, 2011 8:05 AM CDT
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      I purchased a book on bottles during the week. The information in the book says that a great place to look for bottles in old outhouse locations. It says that people throwing them into the 'toilet' was not uncommon. Based on that information...I will forever clean an old bottle - if it drives the price down a little then, so be it.
    • August 15, 2012 3:57 PM CDT
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      I have always cleaned them, in the same manor Daye used.  The last thing I want is spders crawling out them in the house.

       I found that Cascade worked really well and left less spots on them. 

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    • October 10, 2012 8:47 PM CDT
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      I have washed mine since the day I held a brown bottle to light and there was the mummified carcas of not one, but 2 mice inside.  A lot of mine came from the town dump, which they burned regularly. The stuff in and on the outside of the bottles is practically fired on.

       

      I mostly sell to bottle collectors and they probably have their own process to get bottles the way they like them.  I sell some turquoise bottles for home decorating but most of my bottles go to guys who know more about them than I do. 

       

    • October 10, 2012 9:43 PM CDT
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      That's great Kay! I never thought of the audience for bottle collectors. I will say though that the dead animals would probably deter me :)

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