Bottle Brush

Recently I had to throw away a bottle brush, it was used when our oldest child was a baby. Almost 10 years ago. Of course it was plastic and had a spongy top on it. I was using it a lot in these last 6 months. I started to feel grossed out by the sponge. I did my best to keep it clean and let it dry between uses. But, like a lot of items, it was wearing out, scratching the glass of our jars and glasses. It had to go.

Just like this one, but the suction cup on the bottom was long lost.

I thought that in the near future I would get a more environmentally friendlier kind. Though, it would have to be shipped in as the local stores don’t have them. In April we are making a trip to Halifax, and I really want to go to The Tare shop.  Check it out and all. They probably have a bottle brush I am looking for. Also a Luffa sponge, plant scrubby.

Luffa Sponge
The Tare Shop
This beechwood brush features soft horse hair bristles that are well suited to clean bottles, glasses, coffee and teapots and other vessels with narrow openings. Wild minimalist

Mean while, as I always do, I make sure to keep the empty jars moist inside with the cap on so the left over product inside does not dry (making it harder to clean), after a good rinse first. Now that I am making our own yogurt and yogurt drinks, even after a rinse, I have a hard time washing the inside properly, and I don’t trust the dishwasher to do this job (low pressure at the time). So now, without the brush, how do I clean the jar thoroughly?

Since I stopped buying chemical cleaners and abrasion cleaners (donated that away), I was experimenting other abrasion products. Baking soda of course is great, especially on the stove top. Salt now, is also great!

I take about a tsp or two and put it in the jar and add a little amount of water. Like a tsp. Enough to swish around in the jar, but not enough to dissolve the salt. You want salt crystals to remove the food bits. Put the cover on the jar and shake round and round and up and down. Sometimes it takes two sessions and I find the top of the jar along the elbow does not clean easily. Luckily that area is easily reached with a cloth and fingers. I use a old toothbrush to scrub around the thread of the jar. Also a small paint brush for small spaces (for other dishes).

Dirty with yogurt. I rinsed it the best I could.
Cleaned up with salt and water.

Now I feel like I don’t actually need to buy a new bottle brush. If anything, I could just soak the jar with some vinegar, which would, surely loosen the product in the jar.

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