DIY glass spray-bottle for all of your natural DIY needs

I hate plastic. Oh do it hate it.

I don’t care if “hate” is a strong word; I feel very strongly about my feelings for plastic. It’s riddled with nasties and completely and totally ubiquitous. I just can’t get away from it!

(Deep breaths and back to the point…)

One of the dangers of plastic is its ability to leach chemicals into whatever it is that it’s containing.

For this reason, I like to use a glass spray bottle for all of my natural DIYs. The idea of putting an all-natural household cleaner or produce wash in a plastic spray-bottle where it could become infused with nasties just seems to defeat the purpose.

Now I looked and a glass spray-bottle is a tough find! That is until you look in your pantry.

Many glass liquid – water, vinegar, juice, etc. – bottles with a screw on plastic lid have the same sized mouth and groves as plastic spray bottles. Therefore, you can simply transplant your typical plastic spray-bottle nozzle onto your glass bottle and voilà! Instant glass spray bottle for all of your natural DIY needs!

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  1. Love this! Great idea. I prefer glass too. I found some great glass bottles with different types of sprayers at http://www.abundanthealth4u.com and they actually have great prices. I’ve made a lot of homemade cleaning products in my day and most plastic bottles just stop working from the essential oils or something. The sprayer always breaks on me. Perhaps they weren’t heavy duty enough for my concoctions. : )

  2. Oh nice find! Some of the smaller glass bottles would be perfect for a DIY room spray (which I have been meaning to do but have been waiting for the perfect container to come along first!). Thanks for passing the link along!

  3. This is such a great idea! I’ve been sterilizing and re-purposing my glass honey jars from the raw honey I’ve bought at my local health food recently yet here I was searching online for a glass spray bottle that could be used for the produce wash I’ve been wanting to make (I’ve become averse to plastic and aluminum containers lately). I didn’t even think of this but I have bottles for ACV and White Vinegar and I have at least one spray pump from my last commercially bought ‘green’ cleaner (I now make my own), so it looks like I can check this off my list! Boy, I’m glad I happened upon this site! I think I will have to bookmark this site now…

  4. Thanks, Ava! I also save and reuse all of my jars – so handy in the kitchen! Especially with DIY ingredients.

  5. I’m with Jeff: what about the plastic lid/valve? If a plastic bottle would be leaching chemicals into the liquid contents, then why wouldn’t the plastic tubing & spray nozzle be doing the exact same thing? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to criticize the effort of using a glass bottle AT ALL — I would love to completely get away from using plastic! — I’m just so frustrated that it doesn’t seem to be possible to actually do that.

  6. I thought Jeff was being sarcastic and poking fun at my paranoia and hate for plastic LOL. Perhaps not… Yes, in a perfect world, nothing would be plastic! I mirror your frustration. But the cleaning solution sits in the base and passes through the tubing and nozzle very quickly. What I am primarily concerned about is the solution leaching plasticizers while in the container while it is on the shelf waiting to be used or whatnot.

  7. Don’t get me wrong, but isn’t the tubing just emerged in the solution same as the solution just sits in the plastic container? So it wouldn’t just be in contact with the plastic when passing through for spraying? Unless of course you keep the original lid and replace that for storage and only put the nozzle on when actually using the product. That’s what I would do anyway. 🙂

  8. i like this idea for home use but I have a cleaning business. The wear and tear of moving the cleaners I would be afraid of breakage. Do you have any suggestions?

  9. I really just don’t think that exists. You might as well just pour out a little bit of whatever it is you’re trying to spray.

  10. Thanks! Because it didn’t even come to mind that plastic is nasty in household cleaning. Oh well, learning something new every day:D Thank you for being The Teacher!

  11. That was my question too, Camille! 🙂 I have an old Bragg’s apple cider vinegar bottle that I repurposed like this, but the sprayer stem that I borrowed from an old plastic spray bottle is quite short. Any idea where to buy spray nozzles with stems as long as apple cider vinegar bottles? Thanks!

  12. What a good idea does vingar still come in glass bottles? I buy such a big size in the plastic bottle I never noticed the glass bottles. I’m like you I really do hate plastic and have been getting rid of my plastic containers. Thanks for sharing this idea.

  13. I like the ideas for a glass spray bottle. I save most of my glass jars too. See if you can buy silicone tubing. Or rob one from an old plastic sprayer. I think it reacts less to contents. The liquid only passes through the spray head momentarily so it shouldn’t be a problem. Now, if you want to get more esoteric and New Agey, add some good energy to the liquid with a Purple Plate charged with good vibes a la Tesla work or try Lloyd Mear’s frequency work on YouTube. After all, it’s all just good energy we’re after. Blessing to all who do all the little things to live holistic lives.

  14. Silicone tubing is a good idea…the stuff used in aquarium tanks would probably do the job.

    But I too have been searching for METAL spray pumps, to no avail (unless you count the vintage perfume bottles I keep coming across…); not so much for health purposes but because plastic in general is just an eyesore. I want to be able to look around my house – even at the things that are out of sight in the cabinets, eventually – and find everything pleasing and soothing. Why doesn’t anyone offer these? Surely they used to exist; could they not again?

  15. I have only just come across your site today, and you have so much great suff here! I am on a mission to eliminate plastic from my life and been thinking of trying to find a way to use recycled glass jars as spray bottles, and then I found this 🙂 So simple, yet so un-obvious! Sometimes the simplest ideas escape us as we are too busy thinking of complicated ways of doing things!

  16. Went to Wamart today and no white vinegar or apple cider vinegar were in a glass bottle all of them were in plastic bottles.

  17. Yeah, anyone find a safe alternative for the tubbing, even quality plastic that will not leach?

  18. I am SO happy to have found this page – I’ve been looking around for glass spray bottles now I am transitioning into a chemical-free lifestyle and they were SO expensive and so hard to find! Just rummaging around in my cupboard I found that the spray lids from my existing bottles fit perfectly on my white vinegar bottle! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  19. I never would have thought to use my empty small ginger ale bottles that I have saved for some use????? AWESOME IDEA GIRL and I’M GOING TO CHECK THEM OUT RIGHT NOW TO REUSE FOR HOME MADE PRODUCT SPRYS ETC. GLADI FOUND YOU. I have used an empty wine bottle already and IT WORKED.(small ones lol) I save all my colored glass bottles and now know what to do with them. YEAH

  20. I also reuse glass bottles for sprayers. You can also use small ginger ale and 7up empty bottles for sprays also and you can cut he sprayers to the length of those bottles. You can also keep the lids and use for mixing sauces spices etc. just be sure to label what they are inside.

  21. I wonder if the steel or glass drinking straws would fit into the sprayer handle? If they are larger, maybe heating them a bit and forcing them into the sprayer? Maybe a bit of epoxy or Superglue to hold them? A rubber gasket/o-ring instead of the glue?

    Anyone remember the sprinklers for ironing? They were just a glass bottle and a metal stopper w/rubber gasket and holes. Maybe we should go back to that idea and shake the cleaning fluid out instead of spraying it?