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Simple cleaning that worked for me.

BottleDragon

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That's a good price. I use a product called Lime OUT which costs significantly more.

It never occurred to me to mix anything with it, but I usually follow up with a slurry of coarse salt and vinegar. Shake vigorously, let it rest for a while, then shake some more. I usually do this for about 30 minutes, or longer depending on how dirty the insides are. The leftover slurry can be reused on multiple bottles.
 

Robby Raccoon

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I bought the cleaner at the Dollar tree for a buck. And bought some copper wire at Home Depot for 0.66 cents a foot. Cut the wire up into little pieces. I put some cleaner in the bottle along with the copper pieces and shook it for about 20 minutes.
If you are mechanically savvy, take a small motor and devise a pully system to make a small tumbler. You're doing what tumblers do, except you're doing it by hand. Gear it down, of course!
 

slugplate

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Been using copper wire pellets for hand cleaning my bottles too. Sometimes is use soap, other times vinegar, sometimes bleach, or the go-to CLR. Depends on what I see. If the glass isn't sick, badly weathered or the integrity of the glass hasn't been compromised, that product is a great way to go. Of course your RLC is the generic for CLR and much cheaper. Good post!
 

Screwtop

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If you are mechanically savvy, take a small motor and devise a pully system to make a small tumbler. You're doing what tumblers do, except you're doing it by hand. Gear it down, of course!

I saw a YouTube video by Adventure Archaeology, and they took an old dual barrel rock tumbler, and put the bottle they wanted cleaned inside an old Clorox wipe bottle, with copper and cutter, and put it on the tumbler. It seems to work wonders for them! I'll have to find the video.
 

slugplate

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I saw a YouTube video by Adventure Archaeology, and they took an old dual barrel rock tumbler, and put the bottle they wanted cleaned inside an old Clorox wipe bottle, with copper and cutter, and put it on the tumbler. It seems to work wonders for them! I'll have to find the video.
I have less than a handful of bottles I'd tumble. Of course I'm a relative purist when it comes to bottles and I have hand cleaned every one of them. Sure, they're not museum looking pieces without a tumble, but I love a rustic, natural look. I do clean them by hand as best as I can and they mostly come out great.
 

slugplate

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I have less than a handful of bottles I'd tumble. Of course I'm a relative purist when it comes to bottles and I have hand cleaned every one of them. Sure, they're not museum looking pieces without a tumble, but I love a rustic, natural look. I do clean them by hand as best as I can and they mostly come out great.
The only drawback is that it really smells bad when doing it.
 

Robby Raccoon

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I have less than a handful of bottles I'd tumble. Of course I'm a relative purist when it comes to bottles and I have hand cleaned every one of them. Sure, they're not museum looking pieces without a tumble, but I love a rustic, natural look. I do clean them by hand as best as I can and they mostly come out great.
The thing I don't much care for in tumbled bottles is how they look overly cleaned.
 

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