January 21, 2012

How To: Clean an IKEA SLOM Bottle

Posted by Laura

I have a mild obsession with IKEA glass storage containers (except when they break), especially the SLOM bottles. In addition to serving drinks in them I store my oil and vinegar in them. In between refills of oil, I always like to clean them to get the cruddy crud crud off. This poses as a challenge, however, due to the small bottleneck (har har har) on the bottle.

They look so pretty when you buy them. hmph. Here's my best attempt at capturing the cruddy oil build-up on the walls of the bottle.

Here's my method of cleaning the bottle (through much trial and error). Here's what you'll need:

Baking Soda
White Vinegar
Dish Soap
Hot Water
Uncooked Rice (the secret ingredient)

Step 1: Soak the bottle with hot sudsy water for awhile (like an hour).

Step 2: Combine some rice (about 3 tablespoons), some vinegar (about 1 Tablespoon), some baking soda (enough to fizz), some hot water (about 4 Tablespoons), and a couple squirts of dish soap.

Step 3: Now shake shake shake, shake shake shake, shake yo booty (and the bottle). A little, yet important, side note: don't plug the top of the bottle when you shake it or else you'll experience a minor explosion!
That's it! Rinse the bottle out and you're done-zo.

Like these bottles but don't live near an IKEA? You can order one here on Amazon: IKEA - SLOM Bottle With Stopper


  1. I have tried every bottle brush I can find and nothing works. Am happy to try this method once and for all. We share the same "mild obsession" and I knew I'd find someone with a solution! Thanks! :)

  2. Brilliant! I'm obsessed with these bottles too. thanks so much for sharing.

  3. i just put them upside down in the dish washer... it really does work!
    yes, I am also obsessed with bottled in the kitchen... and jars...

  4. While these things look so simple, they can be incredibly difficult some times to clean. Thank you for the guide.

  5. Awasem idea! I'm preoccupy with these bottles. Thanks fo sharing this idea.