3 Ways to Recycle Essential Oil Bottles

3 Ways to Recycle Essential Oil Bottles

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You might say I have a few empty essential oil bottles laying around.  Just a few.  A few hundred, that is.  Why throw them away when they could be put to great use?

My top 3 ways to recycle essential oil bottles:

1. Sharing

Empty essential oil bottles provide a handy way to share a sample with a friend.  Remove the plastic orifice, add the sample oil, replace the orifice and cap, and you’re good to go!  The smaller 5 ml bottles work well for this.

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2. Mini-sprays

Empty 15 ml bottles are perfect for mini-sprays!  Mini-sprays are ideal for stashing in a purse, giving a sample of a favorite spray, make-n-takes at an essential oils class, or even to use around your home.

You’ll need a tiny spray top–see #7 on this list: Essential Oils: My Top 10 Tools.

A few of my favorite sprays:

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3. Mini-vases

This great idea came from Jill Winger over at The Prairie Homestead… I can’t believe I didn’t think of it myself!  Empty 15 ml bottles are just the right size for tiny bouquets picked by pint size homesteaders.  Plus, they’re adorable!

How to Remove the Label (and the gunk)

When it’s time to remove the labels from your essential oil bottles, check out my easy method here: Recycling Essential Oil Bottles: How to Remove the Sticky Residue.

How do you recycle empty EO bottles?


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  1. Kathy on 05/20/2015 at 4:10 pm

    I leave the last few drops of OnGuard in the bottle when it nears the end and fill it with bottled water. I keep it in my purse to use as a hand sanitizer. Works great!

    • Kathleen on 05/20/2015 at 4:22 pm

      Great idea, Kathy!

  2. Kendra on 06/03/2015 at 12:58 am

    How did you get the label off the bottle??

  3. MeriAn on 08/22/2016 at 10:18 am

    I can’t seem to access the tool list. I am anxious to learn more about the mini sprayers. Thanks!

    • Kathleen on 08/25/2016 at 12:25 pm

      Hi MeriAn–That post is under construction (sorry–it will be back soon!) but you can find the mini sprayers at one of my favorite online oily retailers: ShareOils.

      • MeriAn on 08/26/2016 at 3:23 pm

        Ordered and shipped! Thanks!

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