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Get your glass bottles and containers sparkly clean using this easy hack.

Updated: Dec 26, 2021


We shared this little tip on an Instagram reel a few months ago and it was so popular that I decided to do a quick blog post over it and share a little more information about it.

This is such an easy way to clean glass, I love doing it for my glass water bottle and also coffee pot.

By the way, this tip originally came for our salt cleaning hacks post.

You will need ice cubes and table salt.


Fill glass container halfway with ice cubes. (I use a mix of whole cubes and crushed.)

Add in a few tablespoons of regular table salt.

Put the lid back on. If container doesn't have a lid, cover it with something secure like foil or press and seal so you can shake.

Shake vigorously for 30 seconds or until ice starts to break up, then rinse under warm water.

How does this work to clean glass?

On Chemistry Cachet, we always share the science behind how things work. Readers love this!

The science behind this is simply friction. The hard ice cubes combined with salt and shaking, make friction against the glass. I compare it to exfoliating your skin. It works the same way!

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Alexis Rochester is an investigative chemist, blogger and founder of Chemistry Cachet. She shares science-based skin care, cleaning, gardening and health tips. She was diagnosed with RA at age 10, so she has a passion for pain management tips and research, along with sharing her journey through this disease. When she’s not writing for Chemistry Cachet, she is taking Pilates or Barre classes, and also received her Barre teaching certification this year! She grew up in Stephenville and recently moved back with her daughter, husband and bulldog. You can find her posting pictures and fun stories daily on Instagram. Also look for Chemistry Cachet on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and LinkedIn.


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