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Keeping It Clean: The Art of Prepping Your Bottle for a Refill

Keeping It Clean: The Art of Prepping Your Bottle for a Refill

Ah, the age-old question that has been the subject of many a debate at dinner parties, family gatherings, and, of course, in the hallowed halls of our very own Olive & Basket: "How do I clean my bottle for a refill?" Fear not, dear friends, for I am here to demystify this culinary conundrum with a pinch of cheekiness.

First off, let's talk about the elephant in the room – olive oil. Yes, it's liquid gold, a nectar of the gods, if you will. But let's be real, it can also be a stubborn little gremlin when it comes to cleaning up. So, how do you ensure your bottle is as pristine as the day it was born? The answer is simple: warm soapy water and a little bit of elbow grease. Or, for those who prefer a more modern approach, the trusty dishwasher.

The Handwash Hustle
Grab your bottle and introduce it to some warm, soapy water. Now, we're not just talking a quick rinse under the tap. Oh no, this is a full-on spa treatment for your bottle. Give it a good scrub, making sure to whisper sweet nothings to it about the delicious olive oil it will soon embrace again. Once you've got it squeaky clean, flip it upside down and let it air dry like it's sunbathing in the glorious Mediterranean sun. Remember, water and olive oil are like that couple who can't stand each other – they need to be completely apart before you can refill your bottle.

The Dishwasher Dilemma
For those who prefer to let technology do the heavy lifting, pop your bottle in the dishwasher. But beware, my friends, for the dishwasher can be a treacherous place. Ensure no rogue food particles have launched a sneak attack into your bottle. After the wash cycle, perform a thorough inspection – sometimes oil can cling on like a lovesick puppy, and you might need to send it through the spin cycle once more.

Quick Recap: How to Clean Your Bottle for a Refill

Handwash Method:

  1. Fill with warm, soapy water.
  2. Engage in a thorough scrubbing session.
  3. Rinse well.
  4. Invert and allow to air dry completely, avoiding any water-olive oil reunions.

Dishwasher Method:

  1. Place your bottle securely in the dishwasher.
  2. Run a normal cycle, sans food particles hitchhiking into your bottle.
  3. Post-wash, conduct a meticulous inspection for any oil remnants.
  4. If necessary, repeat the cycle for a pristine finish.
  5. Invert and let dry, ensuring not a single droplet of water remains.

Pro Tip:

Keep your sparkling clean bottles in your car for impromptu refills when you're in the neighborhood.

So, there you have it – a foolproof guide to cleaning your bottle, ready for its next adventure. Remember, a clean bottle is a happy bottle, and a happy bottle makes for an even happier you. 

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