Sometimes you can literally spend years being slightly irritated by some simple matter which you just can't quite figure out how to solve.
That's how I've felt about cleaning bottles and carafes. I think it's so nice to pour water or homemade juice into the fancy bottles that French lemonade comes in. Or use old milk bottles for juice and milk on the breakfast table. It creates a bit of that cozy, nostalgic atmosphere which I like so much.
Last time we had company over, I used a small, glass apothecary bottle to serve the milk for our coffee – much to the delight of my guests.
But in the past, my big problem has been cleaning the tricky little things. I don't want to compromise on hygiene, especially with old, secondhand items – you can't always be sure what they've previously been used for. A regular bottlebrush just wasn't always sufficient.
It was actually some time ago that I received the good advice about using BAKING POWDER.
It came up again here at the magazine just before Christmas as we were writing an article about using old apothecary bottles in your decorating. They're quite decorative, but it would be a bit of a pity to not use them for beverages as well.
Sprinkle one tablespoon of baking powder into the bottle and add warm water (but not boiling or the bottle might burst). Leave the bottle for a few days, and the inside will be spotlessly clean.
Now you can use the bottles for any kind of beverage with peace of mind. /Vivian