How to Sanitize + Clean Containers for Reuse

You did it! You hung onto a container instead of sending it to the landfill and now you want to fill it up!

Sanitizing and cleaning containers is an important part of waste reduction and reuse. Our products contain natural ingredients with limited preservatives. Proper cleaning of containers ensures no mold, bacteria or leftover residue contaminates your products. Only fill clean and dry containers especially when using natural face + body products. 

Glass and plastic #5 (polypropylene) are best for refilling. Glass is non-porous and easiest to sanitize. The sturdiest plastic is #5 and can be cleaned at high temperatures. We encourage you to save containers made from these materials, but as long as the container is clean + dry we are happy to refill all containers (bags, jars, bottles, tupperware, ziplocks, etc). 

CLEANING GLASS CONTAINERS

  • remove all residue and remaining product with soapy hot water
  • (optional) run through dishwasher after removing all residue
  • place in boiling water for 5 minutes 
  • allow to completely dry

CLEANING PLASTIC CONTAINERS

  • remove all residue and remaining product with soapy hot water 
  • (optional) run through the dishwasher (if dishwasher safe) after removing all residue
  • rinse with at least 60% alcohol which will help evaporate remaining moisture
  • allow to completely dry

CLEANING ALUMINUM CONTAINERS

  • fill the container with 1 part white vinegar with 8 parts hot water
  • let sit overnight
  • use a bottle brush or toothbrush to scrub the inside
  • allow to completely dry

CLEANING TOPS + PUMPS

  • pump or scrub to remove all residue and remaining product with hot soapy water 
  • rinse with at least 60% alcohol (at least 10 pumps through) 
  • allow to completely dry