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.

Screw-top Bottles

Beginning in 1940 The Clorox Company began making Clorox bottles with threaded necks for screw tops, replacing the rubber stopper cork tops of the earlier bottles.

Until 1951, the lettering on Clorox bottles continued to be raised and solid. Beginning in 1951 the lettering on Clorox bottles changes to outline.

Solid letters, used through 1950

1940-1942

Content identification moves to side. Threaded neck appears. Pint and quart size mouths measure 2-7/16" around.

1940 pint pint 1940 quart quart 1940 half gallon half gallon

1943-1944

Pint and quart size mouths increase to 2-12/16" around.

1943 pint pint 1943 quart quart 1943 half gallon half gallon

1945

Grained texture added on shoulder and heel. Introduction or gallon size with finger ring handle.

1945 pint pint 1945 quart quart 1945 half gallon half gallon 1945 gallon gallon

Outline letters, used 1951 to 1962

1951-1954

Solid lettering replaced by outline lettering. Grained texture extends down label panel.

1951 pint pint 1951 quart quart 1951 half gallon half gallon 1951 gallon gallon

1955-1959

Side content identification replaced by raised fill line. Two-finger handle appears on gallon and half-gallon.

1955 pint pint 1955 quart quart 1955 half gallon half gallon 1955 gallon gallon

1958-1959

Grained texture on shoulder and heel only. Neck style changes.

1958 pint pint 1958 quart quart

1959-1962

More streamlined bulb shaped neck area on pint and quart. Four finger handle on gallon and half-gallon.

1959 pint pint 1959 quart quart 1959 half gallon half gallon 1959 gallon gallon

1940-1942 Pint Bottle

1940 pint

Content identification moves to side. Threaded neck appears. Pint and quart size mouths measure 2-7/16" around.

1940-1942 Quart Bottle

1940 quart 1940 quart

Content identification moves to side. Threaded neck appears. Pint and quart size mouths measure 2-7/16" around.

1940-1942 Half Gallon Bottle

1940 half gallon 1940 half gallon

Content identification moves to side. Threaded neck appears.

1943-1944 Pint Bottle

1943 pint 1943 pint

Pint and quart size mouths increase to 2—12/16" around.

1943-1944 Quart Bottle

1943 quart 1943 quart

Pint and quart size mouths increase to 2—12/16" around.

1943-1944 Half Gallon Bottle

1943 half gallon 1943 half gallon

1945-1950 Pint Bottle

1945 pint 1945 pint

Grained texture added on shoulder and heel.

1945-1950 Quart Bottle

1945 quart 1945 quart

Grained texture added on shoulder and heel.

1945-1950 Half Gallon Bottle

1945 half gallon 1945 half gallon

Grained texture added on shoulder and heel.

1945-1950 Gallon Bottle

1945 gallon 1945 gallon

Introduction of gallon size with finger ring handle.

1951-1954 Pint Bottle

1951 pint 1951 pint

Solid lettering replaced by outline lettering. Grained texture extends down label panel.

1951-1954 Quart Bottle

1951 quart 1951 quart

Solid lettering replaced by outline lettering. Grained texture extends down label panel.

1951-1954 Half Gallon Bottle

1951 half gallon 1951 half gallon

Solid lettering replaced by outline lettering. Grained texture extends down label panel.

1951-1954 Gallon Bottle

1951 gallon 1951 gallon

Solid lettering replaced by outline lettering. Grained texture extends down label panel.

1955-1959 Pint Bottle

1955 pint 1955 pint

Side content identification replaced by raised fill line.

1955-1959 Quart Bottle

1955 quart 1955 quart

Side content identification replaced by raised fill line.

1955-1959 Half Gallon Bottle

1955 half gallon 1955 half gallon

Side content identification replaced by raised fill line. Two-finger handle appears on gallon and half-gallon.

1955-1959 Gallon Bottle

1955 gallon 1955 gallon

Side content identification replaced by raised fill line. Two-finger handle appears on gallon and half-gallon.

1958-1959 Pint Bottle

1958 pint

Grained texture on shoulder and heel only. Neck style changes.

1958-1959 Quart Bottle

1958 quart 1958 quart

Grained texture on shoulder and heel only. Neck style changes.

1959-1962 Pint Bottle

1959 pint 1959 pint

More streamlined bulb shaped neck area on pint and quart.

1959-1962 Quart Bottle

1959 quart 1959 quart

More streamlined bulb shaped neck area on pint and quart.

1959-1962 Half Gallon Bottle

1959 half gallon 1959 half gallon

Four finger handle on gallon and half-gallon.

1959-1962 Gallon Bottle

1959 gallon 1959 gallon

Four finger handle on gallon and half-gallon.

  • 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.