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I just bought some oxyclean to remove labels from a lot of bottles. What I do to remove the labels is: put the bottles standing in the bucket, fill each bottle with water, and then fill the bucket with water to just above the neck labels and add the oxyclean. I did this because I'm not sure if I should get the oxyclean inside the actual bottle. No one mentions that you shouldn't, but I read it is not a food safe product.

Should I not worry about this? If not, I can fit more bottle in the bucket.

And what is the proper way to clean the bottles after the oxyclean soak? I just rinsed the inside and out with fresh water a couple of times.

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As long as you rinse Oxiclean thoroughly, there's no problem getting it in the bottle. I've been doing it for 15 years and I'm not dead yet!

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+1 for the answer, -1 for the reasoning! – tallie Jan 14 '13 at 3:28
That's what i thought, since i haven't read otherwise. But i just wanted to make sure. – JayUnt Jan 14 '13 at 16:27
I'd be more worried about the label glue getting deposited inside the bottle (dissolved into solution, then deposited on a bottle's interior). So even though it's a pain, I keep the bottles upright. – Dale Jul 29 '13 at 0:44

Yes it is a great way to clean bottles. Like Denny said, make sure you rinse very well. Also, don't make the mistake of thinking that oxyclean is a sanitizer. You still need to sanitize prior to bottling. Cheers!

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