Keeping the glue bottles with brushes clean in preschool

This is one of my favorite glue bottles that I highly recommend for young children…

The only problem is that after some use, the glue lid gets impossibly stuck to the bottle…

I spent a long time cleaning the tops of these bottles and even ended up with some pretty sore fingers trying to pry the lids off. Then I put the bottles (only the ones that had lids completely glued shut) in the dishwasher.  After running the bottles through the dishwasher just one time I found that the bottles or the lids didn’t melt but the glue holding the lids closed softened and the lids opened right up.  As soon as they came out of the dishwasher, I took a damp paper towel and wiped them down really good and the bottles worked like a charm again…

You can purchase these glue bottles from Discount School Supply! And no, I am not getting paid by Discount to tell you this:) I just really like these bottles!

Speaking of Glue – One of my favorite posts was shared with me a long time ago by one of my favorite teachers, Teacher Tom.  It is called The Glue Table – hop on over and give it a read too.

By |2011-04-27T10:00:37+00:00April 27th, 2011|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Amber April 27, 2011 at 10:16 am - Reply

    I bought these two months ago and love them. So do the kids because they can open them on their own (most of the time)!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 27, 2011 at 10:20 am - Reply

      Some of the teachers at our school also put vaseline in the lip of the lid to help keep glue from building up!

  2. KM April 30, 2011 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    I need to get some! Thanks!!!!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 30, 2011 at 4:15 pm - Reply

      You are welcome:)

  3. michelle July 6, 2011 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    Love these! Thanks so much!!

  4. April July 7, 2011 at 10:37 am - Reply

    Wow! I love those bottles! I think I will have to get some for my kids. I remember reading in an art book to use baby food jars and watercolor brushes but I love that the brushes are attached to the lid.

    I use the softening up trick on some things. Like when stuck on food gets on my stove or table, I just lay a wet rag on it for like 10 minutes, then I go back and just wipe it off. There is NO scrubbing involved or any harsh chemicals…just water. It works with dried up paint that my kids get on the table as well.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 7, 2011 at 9:54 pm - Reply

      I just ordered a brand new set of bottles this week for my preschool! I am so excited!!

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