Tuesday, April 5, 2011

How to Clean Squeeze Bottles . . . Works for Me Wednesday

The good news?  You've just decorated 5 dozen cookies.

The bad news? Your husband is on a business trip and YOU are the only one left to clean the squeeze bottles.

Truth be told, I'd much rather clean out squeeze bottles than icing tips.
{If you want more information on using squeeze bottles for flooding cookies, please visit this post.}

First, pour out the majority of the icing.


Then, fill with hot, soapy water.  Let it soak a few minutes.


Next, shake and squirt out the water; refilling with clean water.
 

Continue shaking and squirting out the water until it runs clear and is no longer soapy.  It's fun; I promise!


Now, turn upside down and let dry on a drying rack.

After a few hours, if the water hasn't all drained out, do the chopstick trick.

Here's the chopstick trick:
  • twist a piece of paper towel around a chopstick,
  • use the paper toweled-chopstick to dry up any lingering water drops.


{And isn't this the prettiest picture of a squeeze bottle & a chopstick you've ever seen? I know you've seen a lot.}


Voila! Clean as a whistle...and ready for your next batch of cookie decorating.


Next up, how to clean a toilet.
{I kid.}
works for me wednesday at we are that family

55 comments:

  1. I love this post, thanks for sharing! I hate cleaning squeeze bottles, but your technique seems really easy.

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  2. You are brilliant. I always just rely on the D/W! :) Wanted to say hi, too!

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  3. Best chopstick/paper towel tutorial ever.

    I'm on the edge of my seat waiting to see how you clean a toilet. My method involves making my kid do it.

    Not really. But I am training him!!

    I just started using squeeze bottles for my cookies (late to the party--I know!!) so this will come in handy.

    xoxo :)

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  4. Maybe it's because it's late. Or maybe it's because I was up all night last night with my sick baby and am just a bit loopy right now. But I found this post to be hilarious. And riviting. :D

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  5. I do that too! (except the chopstick part.)

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  6. Is it terrible that I just stick mine in the dishwasher?

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  7. I have found using a baby bottle brush to clean out squeeze bottles to work as well. There are also bottle brushes that are double sided so you may use the small side to clean out tips.

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  8. I have found using a baby bottle brush to clean out squeeze bottles to work as well. There are also bottle brushes that are double sided so you may use the small side to clean out tips.

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  9. I have found using a baby bottle brush to clean out squeeze bottles to work as well. There are also bottle brushes that are double sided so you may use the small side to clean out tips.

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  10. Thanks for the tip! I found your blog only a week or so ago, and I am LOVING it! I literally have spent hours at a time looking through all your cookie recipes! You've inspired me to start baking. :-) So thank you!

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  11. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I love this post! I have chopsticks too! I use them for stirring, LOL! Made me laugh. I am with Kristen! I wanna see you clean the toilet ;)

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  12. I read that you would rather clean squeeze bottles than icing tips. I admit that they can be a pain ( especially if the icing has hardened). Thought I would pass along my tip for cleaning them - pipe cleaners. They are the right size to go through the tip and the "hairs" on it help scrub out the icing.

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  13. Oh wow i do the chopstick thingy too

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  14. ...lol...You're so funny! :o)

    ...Great tip! *pardon the pun* hee,hee,hee

    ...Blessings... :o)

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  15. LOL I love your chopstick too. ;)

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  16. Thanks for sharing that tidbit. In reference to your comment about cleaning icing tips, I went to a cupcake class at a bakery and they gave us a tip on cleaning icing tips. It sounds strange, but it really works well.

    Take your tips and put them in a microwave safe container and fill the container with water, make sure all the tips are completely covered plus some. Then put them in the microwave for a couple minutes. Take them out and let the water and tips cool a bit. (I shake the container a little while they are cooling, this really breaks up anything that is hanging on) Then take them out and put them under running water to get all the loose stuff off.

    You don't have an issue with metal in the microwave because they are in water. I've tried it and it works really well. I figured if it works for a bakery, it should work for me!

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  17. What a simple solution to an ongoing problem for me. Thank you for sharing.

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  18. Great chopstick tip but what really amazes me is that your husband it chief squeeze bottle washer? Go you!

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  19. Great tip and funny post Bridget. I sure hope you don't clean the toilet with your chopsticks though! LOL
    Like you, I don't mind the squeeze bottle cleaning as much as I do the icing tips.

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  20. My least favorite part of cookie decorating! And that is the prettiest picture of a squeeze bottle & a chopstick I've ever seen :)

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  21. Cool...maybe I missed it but did you ever post how to fill the squeeze bottle?

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  22. yes, i need a tip on filling the squeeze bottles too... i make a very big mess. I have tried with the plastic bags but still there should be an easier way... hopefully you can help

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  23. Fantastic tips, Bridget!

    I'm a little, (lazy) less patient than you are about drying the inside of my bottles... So I stick a rolled-up (length-wise) paper towel into my bottles and stick them into the cabinet. The towel pulls whatever moisture is left in the bottle right out and seems to dry them by magic!

    I love the use of your chopsticks though. I have a million of them I liberated from PF Chang's! :)

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  24. What a great idea! now....can you write a post about how you got your husband to wash out your squeeze bottles...with pictures....;). thanks for the great post!

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  25. I use squeeze bottle for chocolate decorating, and I freeze them when I'm done, then roll them on the counter until all the chocolate breaks loose and falls out the top. I wonder if that would work for icing too.

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  26. I guess I'm the weird one - I don't mind cleaning the squeeze bottles...or the mess after I'm done destroying my kitchen. I just empty the leftover icing into a container to store in the fridge for possible future use, or dump it into the trash can - NEVER put it down the drain unless you wanna get REAL friendly with your local Rotor Rooter guy. Anyway - Just fill the empty bottles with some warm soapy water, put the lid on with your finger over the hole in the top and give it several good hard shakes. Not only gets your bottles clean but works on those arm muscles, too! Heck, put on some party music and do a little dance while shaking that booty - - I mean, that bottle. Oops.

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  27. Well it that's not the cutest chopstick!
    Of course you would have a chopstick laying around...you're COOL like that! ;o)
    Whenever I have icing left over in those squirt bottles I store it HAPPILY in the refridge for like months {i kid you not} and squirt it on things!
    Like animal crackers...and graham crackers! YUM!
    That's what I do~ ;o)
    And don't think I'm not LOVING that little cherry tea towel!
    I love everything about YOU! xo

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  28. Chopsticks are my most used kitchen tool! I use them for everything! Especially cookie making! They are prefect for stiring RI in the squeeze bottles and for adding coloring and mixing it well. Perfect tool :)

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  29. i love your tips! i'm new to the cookie-decorating scene but have already learned so much from you and this blog. thanks for sharing you wisdom! :)

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  30. The bad news is I don't even have a husband to help clean any squeeze bottles for me. And yes I have to clean the piping tips by myself as well...

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  31. You will be happy to know that my friend found using the end of a bottle rocket equally as effective!

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  32. I love this trick! i have used it several times because my icing bottle have ridges so its harder to clean, but the chopstick trick and the soapy water ALWAYS saves me :)

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  33. I use the squeeze bottles sometimes when I make soap. Unfortunately, the oil-based colorants don't like to come out!

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  34. Haha I love how much I enjoyed reading about you cleaning your squeeze bottles :-)

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  35. cant wait for the toilet tutorial- hmmm maybe you could use the squeeze bottle to clean the toilet? errr maybe not :-)

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  36. The best way to clean any bottle is to use a small amount of raw rice with warm water and dish soap. Fill the bottle about 1/3 full of warm water, add a bit os soap and maybe a tablespoon of rice...and put on lid or top and shake...the rice gets all the nooks and corners...don't dump the rice in your disposal!! Just the garbage..rinse bottle...clean as a whistle....

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  37. Love the chopstick trick, great idea! I don't have any fancy chopsticks though like yours, only the wooden ones left over from sushi, guess that will work too!

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  38. Those chopsticks are so handy! I use them for all sorts of things!

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  39. Love your tips!! This is one of the most dreaded parts of cookie decorating! haha

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  40. I like the chopstick/paper towel method! Thanks for the great tip!

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  41. Awesome suggestion! I know that my cookie projects are dragging on when my husband starts to clean up for me :)

    As for cleaning tips, I bought an OXO cake tester. It's perfect for getting some of the stubborn icing out, especially near the opening.

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  42. Great tip! I do the shake thing with my squeeze bottles, too. I have also found that the sprayer on my sink (is that even what it's called) works well, but I often wind up with royal icing splatter all over my kitchen wall instead. Any tips on cleaning icing off of the walls? ;)

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  43. I wanted to sign up to win the photo make over via @iheartfaces but really fell in love with your Blog so I signed up as a follower and will be trying some of these soon. I love the bird and nest for Easter!

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  44. Bridget! I NEEDED this post! Thank you! Man, why didn't I think of that?

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  45. OMG..Okay so first I have to say I BUSTED my gut laughing so hard. My husband was like WHAT is so funny. So i ready the Good to him and then i read the Bad. He said "OMG You are NOT the only one that FREAKS out when I leave town because all of a sudden you have to clean your own cake/cookie junk". LOL. He went away on business this past week, left last Sunday came home late last night and when he left I was like WHO is gonna do the dishes and all the cleaning....OMG not COOL!!! I had four cakes to make this week and he was GONE. So anyway moving on.

    I am curious what kind of bottles you use and have you used any others. I have some that I purchased from Karens cookies. I got the kind I could put a tip on and then i got little ones for flooding. The little ones when I squeeze them, the LEAK...I hate them. So I am curious if I need to start over on the bottle front.

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  46. Ha! My husband seldom cleans even his own messes in the kitchen. (To be fair, I'm very critical of his efforts to clean anything in the kitchen. But then, is it really asking too much of him to wipe up the counter around his coffeemaker & grinder?)

    Thank goodness my mom came to stay a week with us after baby was born. I'd been icing cookies with a friend on Christmas Eve (while I was in labor) and the icing mess never quite got cleaned up before hubby & I headed to hospital. W were in the hospital three days. When we came home, there were still globs of icing on the table...

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  47. I hate cleaning tips, so yes, I would rather clean out 50 bottles-okay, maybe not 50, but I'll take those over tips any day.

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  48. Oh my goodness! I can't believe I didn't think of cleaning squeeze bottles like this! I absolutely love this way and will definitely have to try it. Thanks for the tip!

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  49. Oh my goodness! I can't believe I didn't think of cleaning squeeze bottles like this! I absolutely love this way and will definitely have to try it. Thanks for the tip!

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  50. Thanks for this! I have one of those cookie decorating kits from Williams Sonoma and cannot get the icing out of the ridged bottle. Am trying again today! Though in perusing your site a bit (thanks Irene!), it seems you don't really use those at all...

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