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Recycling used plastic bottles to store liquid

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  1. Cumulo Vapus

    Cumulo Vapus Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 23, 2016
    How would you clean a plastic bottle thoroughly, to eradicate any previous smell or physical trace
    of the liquid it held previously?
     
  2. Izan

    Izan Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Jul 1, 2012
    Mallorca, Spain
    Hi,

    What type of plastic is the bottle? HDPE, LDPE , etc.
    What was in the bottle originally?

    Cheers
    I
     
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  3. Cumulo Vapus

    Cumulo Vapus Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 23, 2016
    All of the above, and glass.

    Could be anything ranging from edible stuff to pharmaceutical stuff.

    Firm believer in recycling, so need some advice to store my personally made e-liquids.
     
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  4. bombastinator

    bombastinator Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 12, 2010
    MN USA
    I usually wash em out with water. Dunno how much eradicating I do though.
     
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  5. stols001

    stols001 Mistress of the Dark Nicotinic Arts Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    May 30, 2017
    Tucson, AZ
    I'd normally say use an ultrasonic cleaner if you have one but some cleaning of plastics, it's useful to know what you are using as I believe some don't tolerate high heat well. I don't recycle plastic bottles personally... I use glass dropper bottles because they are easier to reuse and clean and I know they won't leach.

    Anna
     
  6. AzPlumber

    AzPlumber Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 28, 2011
    Arizona
    I use all glass now, it is easy to clean. When I did use plastic I found a vinegar soak was best for removing old lingering tastes and smells.
     
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  7. 1/2 fast

    1/2 fast Super Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 3, 2013
    SW Ohio
    Using mostly Kayfuns and Russians I reuse plastic bottles that I can put “needle” caps on on to refill my tanks. Haven’t yet found a way to refill them with a dropper from a glass bottle.

    I rinse the plastic bottles out with hot water and let sit with no cap to air out several times then fill from the glass dropper bottles. Been doing this for years and haven’t noticed a problem yet. YMMV of course depending on the juice you use.
     
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  8. r77r7r

    r77r7r ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Feb 15, 2011
    Pa,LandOfTaxes
    Perhaps try to refill with a compatible flavor. Baked goods, fruits, tobacco. Then again, you might discover something that you like if you don't, ha.
     
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  9. chellie

    chellie Super Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 24, 2014
    USA
    I use almost exclusively glass. I do use one plastic bottle with a needle cap that I carry in my purse and I rinse with hot water as well and if I feel it is getting "funky" I chuck it..
     
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  10. zoiDman

    zoiDman My -0^10 = Nothing at All* ECF Veteran

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    Apr 16, 2010
    So-Cal
    Ya know... Plastic Bottles are pretty Cheap to Buy. And Glass Bottles aren't all that much more.

    So for the Price of 1 Pack of Cigarettes, you could get a Bunch of New Plastic Bottles. Or a Few Glass Bottles that could be used an Infinite Numbers of times.
     
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  11. stols001

    stols001 Mistress of the Dark Nicotinic Arts Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    May 30, 2017
    Tucson, AZ
    Provided you exercise good care and judgement with the caps, of course. LOL, I mention that for the clumsy that stumble among us.

    Even after mis-threading a few caps, it's still cheaper. Trying to find a place where I can get some good, inexpensive 90 ml or 120 ml bottles, and open to suggestions. Now that I'm DIY with ease, I'd really like some larger bottles (amber preferably) that won't break the bank.

    By all rights with my fine motor tremor I should be using those squeeze bottles with the needle top points, but I just plain don't love plastic. (Except for my drinking glasses, which I reluctantly use because you give me enough time, I will drop a glass).

    I wonder if they make pyrex drinking glasses? All my plates are pyrex and those hold up great.

    Anna
     
  12. dc99

    dc99 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 17, 2014
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  14. Fidola13

    Fidola13 Prepper Verified Member

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    Dec 20, 2017
    Boston

    Anna I bought my larger glass bottles to store nicotine in at my freedom smokes. I thought the price was good.

    https://www.myfreedomsmokes.com/unflavored-nicotine-mixing-supplies/bottles-caps.html

    As far as op I just cleaned out some 20 ml plastic bottles yesterday with hot water and Dawn. And let air dry overnight. Just reused them for today’s experiments lol!

    I prefer the plastic squeeze bottles for my mixes. It’s easier for me since I have MS and my hands tremble on occasion. It’s so much easier to refill than using an eye dropper imo.

    sara
     
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  15. JCinFLA

    JCinFLA Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 21, 2015
    @Cumulo Vapus - If you're wanting to use recycled plastic bottles, use LDPE, HDPE, or PP...because they don't leech plastic's chemicals into their contents. They're the bottles that are translucent, not totally clear and see-through. They're fine for reuse numerous times.

    As mentioned by someone else, vinegar is good to clean them with, and personally, I've found that white vinegar has a less pungent odor. I've also used baking soda and hot tap water to clean a variety of bottles in the past.

    PET bottles though, which ARE the totally clear ones (like plastic Coke bottles, etc.)...are manufactured for 1-time use only, as they have not been found to be leech-free. Quite a few vendors sell their eliquids, nic base, flavorings, etc. in PET bottles. I personally never reuse them because of the leeching potential.
     
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  16. Fidola13

    Fidola13 Prepper Verified Member

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    Dec 20, 2017
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    From Care2 Healthy Living website regarding which plastics are considered safe. LOTS of false information out there.
     

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  17. JCinFLA

    JCinFLA Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 21, 2015
    You're right...there IS a lot of false information out there. I got my info. from several reputable websites that all gave the info. I posted above, about PET plastic containers and the other types. So I guess it does depend on which websites you look at.
     
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  18. IDJoel

    IDJoel Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 20, 2015
    Boise, ID
    I found this article informative; and I appreciated the external links (throughout) for supporting documentation.

    As for washing bottles that were originally used for other than e-liquids:
    --I would not re-use any container that did not have food safe contents.
    --For those that did; I have washed with: hot water, vinegar, Dawn dish soap, pure grain alcohol (ethyl alcohol), or baking soda (one at a time; not all at once;)). It might require two or more before I was comfortable using them for e-liquid.
    --I respect your desire to minimize waste @Cumulo Vapus, by re-purposing potentially usable items, but if you have any doubts to the item's safety... don't.

    For containers that originally had commercial e-liquid; I personally find (usually) a thorough hot water rince is sufficient.

    That's my :2c:
    :D
     
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  19. gpjoe

    gpjoe Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 30, 2013
    Motown
    When I was using Kayfuns, Lemos, and Orchids, I filled them with a syringe with an appropriate size Luer Lock needle. Just draw some from a glass bottle and "inject" it into the screw hole.
     
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  20. gpjoe

    gpjoe Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 30, 2013
    Motown
    I use mostly glass, and have a bunch from store-bought juice, but I still have some plastic. I rinse mine and fill with clean tap water and let them sit with the cap off. It is moderately effective, but some smell lingers, so I do what another person suggested and use the bottles for like flavors.
     
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  21. chanelvaps

    chanelvaps ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 3, 2013
    Burbank CAlifornia
    me exactly. I am re-using and re-using all 120mls bottles that I bought full of ejuice and I just wash thoroughly in a soap bath and extra extra rinse
     
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