Most clean home and body brands don’t offer refills because of the risk of contamination. We believe we can change that together, so we created this guide to help you clean and sanitize your containers at home so you can safely reuse them and extend the life of your products!

First, a quick chemistry lesson! Most home and personal care products contain water (lotion is a great example of this). All products that contain water must be preserved to prevent mold, yeast, fungus, and bacteria from growing and extend the life of the product. 

We use only natural preservative systems in our products. Natural preservatives are safer for your health and better for the environment than mainstream formaldehyde-producing synthetic preservatives, but they have a shorter shelf-life than synthetics and require a sterile environment to be effective. For this reason, it is very important that you hand-wash and sanitize your containers before refilling them!

In a properly sanitized container, our products should last a year from manufacture date. We make and fill our products in small batches, so you can expect a shelf life of at least 9-12 months in their original packaging. We always recommend using a pump for lotions and creams to prevent contamination from your fingers! 

Glass is the best material to use for your containers, because it is non-porous and easy to sanitize. You can also reuse #5 plastics (they are made of polypropylene, which is heat resistant and sturdier than many other types of plastic). 

How to Clean and Sanitize Glass:

  1. Completely remove all product from the container and hand-wash it with hot soapy water. You can use a dishwasher if needed, but we always recommend hand-washing and air-drying afterwards to prevent food contamination. 
  2. Sanitize glass by submerging it in a large pot with water and heating it to boiling. Once the water is boiling, set a timer for 5 minutes before removing the container.
  3. Leave it out on your counter to air-dry completely before refilling. Do not towel dry. Don’t forget to sterilize your cap or pump as well - see below for steps.

How to Clean and Sanitize #5 Plastics: 

  1. Completely remove all product from the container and hand-wash it with hot soapy water. You can use a dishwasher if needed, but we always recommend hand-washing and air-drying afterwards to prevent food contamination. 
  2. Rinse/submerge in rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer (must be at least 60% alcohol) for 5 minutes. For larger containers, you can pour alcohol directly into the container and swish it around for 5 minutes (don’t forget to sanitize the lid and mouth of bottles). 
  3. Leave it out on your counter to air-dry completely before refilling. Do not towel dry. Don’t forget to sterilize your cap or pump as well - see below for steps. 

How to Clean and Sanitize Caps and Pumps:

  1. Hand-wash in hot soapy water. Be sure to pump hot soapy water through the pump several times to completely remove all product residue. 
  2. Submerge in rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) for 5 minutes. Be sure to pump alcohol through the pump several times to flush out the water and completely sterilize the inside of the pump. 
  3. Air dry before reusing (the inside of the pump may not dry completely, but that’s okay as long as there is alcohol and not water inside the pump).
  4. Once dry, refill your sanitized container and replace the cap or pump. Hand pump several times until product begins to come out of the pump (this flushes out the air and alcohol inside the pump). 

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