What can I do to automate shaking of a sauce bottle?

Lifehacks Asked on February 1, 2021

I have little sauce bottles of about 40 milliliters (photo below). At any given instance I have about 40 such bottles which need to be shaken in an up-and-down motion so the ingredients in the bottle are thoroughly mixed. How do I automate such a thing?

I have tried to hold one of the bottles in a rather big clothesline clip with the ‘ear’ end of it in a hammer impact drill machine, but that provides a circular motion of the bottle instead of an up-and-down motion. Same result if I hold the top of the bottle in the drilling machine, resulting in a "concrete mixer" kind of action, thus further separating the ingredients instead of mixing them up.

I have seen a guy in a YouTube video use a sawzall, which I don’t have. Even if I manage to get one, it will be very time-consuming to zip tie each bottle and shake it and then repeat the process. Could do 4 bottles at one go I suppose.

Sauce bottles look something like this

Edit : The content in the bottles is Propylene Glycol and Vegetable Glycerin

7 Answers

There are people who build their own shakers and from the looks of it, all you need is a motor (or a tool like a drill), a wheel and an arm with a joint that translate the rotation into oscillation.

Have a look at some Youtube videos of people who crafted a shaker from scratch:

Then there are other machines with oscillating motions that you can convert into a shaker:

Handheld sewing machine shaker

Pepper grinder mixer

And of course there are ready-made products for this purpose, for example nail polish shakers, as reviewed in this video.

Nail polish shaker

Which reminds me of those face cleansing brushes, that could also be adapted to hold and shake bottles. Make sure you get the oscillating kind, there are also ones that rotate or just vibrate.

Face cleansing brush

Answered by Elmy on February 1, 2021

Pack all the bottles securely in a box. Shake the box.

Forty 40ml bottles will only weigh a few pounds, and unless these bottles need serious shaking, an automated rig seems like overkill - surely you can spend 1 minute every few days shaking a box of bottles? If you do need to shake them longer and your arms are getting tired, consider other means of shaking - perhaps you could bounce the box on your knees while you watch TV, or toss the box in a backpack and go for a jog with it.

Answered by Nuclear Hoagie on February 1, 2021

Your solution can be as simple as two muffin tins in an appropriate size. small muffin tin
As you fill each plastic sauce bottle, put it into the muffin tin.
When the muffin tin is full, put another tin upside down over the top to hold the bottles in place.

Pick up the whole thing and shake it a few times and all the containers' contents will be ready. You should be able to hold the assembly together with your hands using your fingers for the bottom tray and your thumbs to hold the top as you shake.

Use the muffin tin as a dispenser if you want. They are ready to be re-shaken by putting the top back on and re-shake as necessary, when necessary.

Muffin tins come in all sizes and shapes. You can use as many as you need for batches. You only need an extra empty muffin tin to use as a top for when you must shake or re-shake the bottles which remain clearly visible in the tray.

Good luck.

Answered by Stan on February 1, 2021

Chemical labs use devices made for this purpose. They're called shakers and they're available in many variations.

You can also get paint shakers, which will be cheaper but may need to be adapted to hold multiple small bottles instead of a paint can.

Answered by Hobbes on February 1, 2021

If you have to shake those bottle only once, do it manually.

If you have to do that every day, then it is more convenient to build an "agitating" rig. Attach a platform to 4 wheels, eccentrically (like a cart, but with wheels not centered). The eccentricity doe not need to be big - maybe 2-3 cm should be enough. Secure the bottles on the platform with another piece of board on the top.

Rotate one wheel - the entire setup will rotate up-dow, in a circular motion. To break the circular movement in the bottles, alternate the rotation direction.

To make it easier, attach a small motor. It will do the rotation for you, much faster.

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The violet spots are the fixation points of the wheels and are in the center of the wheels. The red spots are the spots where the platform attaches to the wheels - and they are off-center.

Answered by virolino on February 1, 2021

You indicate you have a drill.. if you have a hand whisk too:

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You can clamp it in the drill and use it to mix the sauce in a large container and then pour (or spoon) it into the bottles

Answered by Caius Jard on February 1, 2021

Even a large number of 40ml bottles will weigh less than a load of wet washing, and I presume the lid is very secure (I guess it must be to give you confidence to attach them to a sawzall) you could consider putting batches of them all in a tumble drier on cool cycle. Maybe put some towels in there too, to soften the blows on the drum and to catch any spillages.

If you find they're still pounding the drum too much see if you can obtain a length of foam that is as wide as the drum is deep and as long as the circumference of the drum, then fit the foam around the circle of the drum before loading the bottles.. or put them inside several layers of pillow cases or other soft bag-like things and tie the bags closed

The more of them you load, the less they pound the drum (the ones at the top don't fall as far before landing on another bottle rather than whacking the drum) - maybe give a go empty first

Answered by Caius Jard on February 1, 2021

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