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.

From Glass to Plastic

The conversion to white, polyethylene plastic bottles used today began in 1960, and perhaps was the most significant change of all. By 1962, this container had completely replaced the amber glass bottle because plastic is safer, lighter, easier to handle, and allows greater design flexibility.

Plastic bleach bottle

In addition to numerous bottle changes over the years, Clorox's manufacturing process has been improved many times to tailor performance to modern needs. However, the consistently high quality of the product itself has left little room for dramatic revision of is basic formulation.

  • 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.