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.