Rinse laundry detergent bottles

March 7th, 2008


I don’t know. I thought you’d like to see a random photo with this tip. That’s not my laundry or photo or pet.

Since I have to keep my recycling at the apartment until I drive it to the drop-off, I rinse the containers well and let them dry. I don’t want the container to get wet, smelly or moldy. Eek. Plus, my recycling center recommends rinsing of some containers.

As I was using the last of some detergent, I thought, why not rinse the bottle under the running water of the washing machine? That way, you get all the soapy soap out for the wash and you don’t have to use extra water to rinse the container. So, maybe you’ve thought of that before, but it just occurred to me.

I haven’t updated to a front-loading washing machine yet, so I’m wondering if this tip would work with those. Does the water come from a central location? I tried to figure this out online, but no luck.

Flickr photo credit (Beatrice).

3 Responses to “Rinse laundry detergent bottles”

  1. marye on March 12, 2008 2:35 pm

    Peggy, another thing you can do, is when you are out, run into the local laundramat and grab the bottles that are in the trash. Just tell them your kid has a project at school, or something.
    You can usually get quite a bit of laundry detergent out of them, then rinse them for more, then recycle the bottles.
    Cheap AND green. 🙂

  2. Peggy on March 12, 2008 7:13 pm


    Is this like mercenary recycling?
    Kidnap first, then recycle? : )

  3. Kisha on April 8, 2008 3:51 am

    A friend of mine turned me onto trowing the cap of the laundry soap in the washer.

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