Bottle Guide

Old bottles

Bottle collecting has become an increasingly popular hobby among antique lovers in the United States.

But bottle buff interest isn't confined to historical flasks and ornate decanters; it also includes many types of modern bottles, reproductions, and “collectibles”—bottles not old enough to qualify as antiques—such as the early Clorox liquid bleach bottles.

The trend toward “collectible” bottle gathering is growing. These bottles are more plentiful and considerably less expensive to purchase than their older counterparts, making it possible to possess an interesting bottle collection without substantial investment.

Because people frequently write The Clorox Company asking the vintage of old Clorox liquid bleach bottles they've acquired, this online guide has been prepared to help collectors determine the approximate age of different Clorox bottles used over the years.

Collector's Tips

Old poster for Clorox bleach

From the days of the crockery jug until 1940, cork-style rubber stoppers were used on the standard Clorox bleach amber glass bottles. In 1940, a screw cap was introduced, and a modern adaptation of that top is still used today. These more modern screw cap bottles can be easily identified by their threaded necks as contrasted with the smooth finish, cork-style necks of the earlier Clorox bottles.

Height and content capacity is another way to determine the vintage of Clorox bottles. Until 1933, the Clorox “pint” contained 15 ounces and measured 7-10/16" in height. In 1933, the 15 ounce “pint” became a true pint — 16 ounces — measuring 7-14/16" in height. Through the years, the quart bottle also experienced various changes in height and width, though it was always contained 32 ounces.

  • This guide has been prepared purely as an aid for collectors wishing to determine the vintage of early Clorox bleach bottles.
  • The Clorox Company sets no value on these bottles, nor does it wish to purchase old bleach bottles.