So, you've just washed your glass or plastic bottle and discovered that it's still wet inside. No problem! There are many ways to dry the inside of a bottle quickly. Of course, each method has its own benefits and drawbacks. I'll discuss them in detail below:
1. Towel and paper towels with a twist
Use a towel to dry the inside of the bottle.
If you have a paper towel handy, use it to dry the inside of your glass or plastic bottle.
If you have both a towel and paper towels available, use them both in tandem to speed up the drying process.
- Turn the bottle upside down and wrap a few layers of paper towel around the mouth.
- Use a few layers of paper towel and twist tightly, then wrap around bottle.
2. Wipe it with a coffee filter
Next, take a coffee filter and wipe the inside of the bottle. Make sure that you do this quickly so you don't leave any moisture behind on the glass or plastic. As with wiping it with a paper towel, this process should be done as little as possible to avoid leaving scratches on your bottles' surfaces. It's also worth noting that doing so will not get all of the dust off (but it may help).
It's important to note that while drying out your bottles after cleaning them is good practice, doing so too often can cause more harm than good. The best way to dry out glass bottles is simply by putting them in direct sunlight for a few hours until they're completely dry; however if there aren't any sunny days where you live, using hot water instead will also work just fine.
3. Use a coffee filter and chopstick
If you want to take a more natural approach, you could use a coffee filter and chopstick. This method will work for glass bottles as well as plastic bottles.
- Use an old coffee filter, or a paper towel (we prefer to use both).
- Fold the coffee filter into quarters, so that it looks like this:
- Pour water onto the center of your folded paper towel/coffee filter and gently press down with your hands until the water spreads out evenly over its surface area (you can even do this on top of a plate if you're not comfortable with getting your hands wet). Once all of the liquid has been soaked up by either your paper towel or coffee filters, gently fold them up and place them in between two layers of clean dry towels--one on top, one underneath--to help absorb any remaining moisture from inside your container before sealing it back up again!
4. Use rice or salt
- Use rice or salt. Add 1-2 teaspoons of rice or salt to the bottle, swirl it around for 15 seconds, and let the moisture collect on the opposite side of the bottle.
- Stir up your mixture with a spoon or chopstick. Use a towel to dry off any remaining moisture on your bottles' outside surface.
- Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of rice or salt to your wet bottle and swirl the mixture for about 15 seconds, or until the moisture collects on the side of the bottle opposite the spout.
- Pour out any excess water from your bottle.
- Place your glass/plastic bottles in a warm oven set at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes, rotating them every 5 minutes so that all sides are dry. The heating will cause moisture that has condensed inside each container to evaporate quickly, allowing you to use it again immediately without fear of mold growth occurring over time due to residual moisture left behind after washing it out thoroughly with soap and water under cold running tap water (just be sure never do this with a metal cap!).
5. Use a blow-dryer on low heat
- Use a blow-dryer on low heat
If you're in a rush and do not want to wait for the water to evaporate naturally, use a blow dryer set at low heat. This should speed up the drying process and help dry the inside of your glass or plastic bottle quickly.
6. Use rubbing alcohol to dry your bottle
Rubbing alcohol is great for drying out your bottle because it evaporates quickly, and you can get it in most pharmacies or grocery stores. It's also very cheap, so if you're looking to save a few bucks while doing this experiment, rubbing alcohol will be your best option.
When using rubbing alcohol to dry out a bottle that has been submerged in water, be sure not to overdo it—you don't want to use too much of the liquid because that can cause damage or even discoloration (the color will change).
7. If you have time, just leave it alone!
You can also just leave your glass/plastic bottle alone. This is the most time-consuming method and is best for glass bottles. You may have to wait a few hours before the moisture evaporates naturally, but it will happen eventually!
So there you have it, seven different ways to dry an inside of a glass/plastic bottle quickly. We think that the best way to choose which one is right for you will depend on what materials are available to you at home and how much time you want to spend drying out your container. If speed is important, try using a blow dryer on low heat or rubbing alcohol!