Recycling has been of paramount importance over the last few decades as we have come to realize that we have dwindling resources and that re-using items makes perfect economic sense.
One of the easiest ways to recycle is through glass bottles – either by melting them and starting all over again, or by cleaning and re-filling them. In either case there has always been the problem of removing the existing label. Traditionally water tanks using boiling water have been the norm, but recently mild detergents and high pressure water jets have been implemented to remove glue-based labels and thoroughly sanitize the glass.
One of the cleaners currently being used to clean bottles is Dutch Glow (dutch glow.com), a cleanser that is non-toxic, but offers remarkable cleaner properties. It can be used diluted or concentrated for maximum strength. More and more wineries are using this remarkable product to clean their pre-used wine bottles.
One of them, the Nevada City Winery in Nevada City, CA has been using Dutch Glow for the past year. It finds it efficient and economical to use even in large quantities and apparently plans to keep using it for the foreseeable future. Winemaker Mark Foster said “We tried other products including just boiling water and nothing else worked quite as well as Dutch Gold. We like the fact that there are no chemicals in it. This makes it easier to rinse out the residue after we clean out the bottles, and after we peel off the old labels. We are able to go from one vintage to another with ease. I predict that we will be using Dutch Glow for years to come.”
Another winery using Dutch Glow is the Villa Venezia Winery in Placerville, CA. This winery was one of the first to use the product in 2014. Owner of the winery Michael Staten said “ We have to keep the fermentation tanks and bottles impeccably clean during every part of the winemaking process. We decided to use it after trying other detergents that included chemicals and hearing about a Dutch Glow review. This made much more sense since we didn’t have to use a final rinse. This made much more sense economically. We were saving several thousands of gallons of water a week. It was a no-brainer.
Other wineries have also used Dutch Glow with similar impressive results. David Clarke from the Madrona Winery in Napa, CA said: “For years we have used fairly abrasive cleaners to make sure that the tanks were prepped for the next batch of wines. Dutch Glow has made the process a lot faster and easier.”