Number one: Glass bottles with small mouthsI do not throw things away if I think they'll be useful later. No, I'm not hoarding! We've got this great glass jar (once a Promised Land milk jar) that we use for all kinds of juices, syrups, etc.
The last thing we used it for was a juice blend that included beet juice. It was apparently just fibrous enough to stick to the sides of the jar, and when we didn't drink it all right away, it really stuck to the sides of the bottle. It wasn't an obvious mess, but on close inspection, it wasn't very appetizing.
I tried several things over the span of a week or so, but nothing would get it clean.
Since Chris has gotten so into photograph and blogging, he's started making drinks and taking pictures of the ingredients (Exhibit A). Yesterday he wanted to use the jar, but it wasn't pretty enough for metropochris.com. He asked me if we had any brushes that fit, and I assured him that no, if we had, I would have already cleaned it. I went into the kitchen to find him trying to scrub it out with a tea towel and a chop stick.
Now, this may be a well-known thing that I had just not yet heard about, but I think I'm kind of a genius for thinking it up. Here's what got it sparkly-clean:
- roughly crushed ice cubes
- coarse salt (a T or two)
- baking soda (maybe a T)
Would it have worked with just ice, or just ice and one of the other things? I donno. But it's clean now, so I have nothing to experiment on. If you try it out, or know of something else, leave me a comment!