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« on: July 26, 2011, 11:19:04 pm »
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I worked on cleaning them up for most of the weekend.  I bought a bottle brush, but it was too big to fit into the bottles.  Then someone said go tot eh baby section, so I found a better bottle brush, but it still only allow me to get down about 1/2 way.  Someone else said try BB's.  So I put about a dozen BB's in the bottle along with Comet and water.  That was about 90% effective!  I still have about a 18 bottle, including about a dozen NEHI bottles that I can't get clean not matter what I try!  I'm soaking them again!

Here are the bottles that are almost a 100% clean.  

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The 16oz 7Up bottles I already had.  

This is what's left to get to come clean!




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« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2011, 01:11:39 pm »
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Figure out what the scale is by seeing what reacts with it. Mild acids will often remove it quite easily and rapidly but watch for the fumes.

Try vinegar, battery acid or ammonia (not an acid but effective sometimes on lime scale). Be careful where you pour the acid when you are done. Vinegar can go down the sink. Battery acid, which is sulfuric acid, can be poured into a hole in the back yard. Make the hole about 2' deep or more and let it soak in before you cover it. Sulfuric acid is also used by plumbers to clear out roots in your sewer pipes so the toilet is a good disposal as long as you don't have a septic tank. The acid kills the bacteria that eat up your waste but it's really effective on roots.

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« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2011, 05:56:33 pm »
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I like the vinegar!  

I used comet and BB's on most of them and that worked quite well.  the really tough one, I added some oxyclean and water and let them sit overnight.  I finally got a bottle brush long enough to work!  That has helped about 90% of them.  I still ahve about 6-8 NEHI bottles that just refuse to come clean!

However, Grandmama must love me!   Kiss  She told her Grandson, my friend, that she thought there were more bottles about the garage in the attic.  
A couple of them have some age, but most aren't really that old.

I went and picked up what he brought down so far.  
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At least these were a LOT cleaner!  He said that there were still more!  (It's near 95+ degrees here in Charlotte and 80%+ humidity right now!)

With my flash, you probably can't read the writing.

I have 2-3 that I need help in identifying.  I'll post them once I get them cleaned up.  



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« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2011, 04:56:34 am »
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Have you tried lemon juice? I've seen people at diners use it along with salt and ice chips to clean baked in coffee in the coffee pots. It may work. As far as brushes, a cheap gun cleaning kit will have various size brushes and swabs to get the hard stuff out.  Just and idea, I haven't tried any of this to clean old glass.
Best of luck, and a great collection.

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