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Repairing a Spray Bottle

Is there a simple method to get a plastic spray bottle working properly? Or, in the alternative, is there a certain type or brand name plastic spray bottle which is reliable?


In the past, I have used old spray bottles that once contained brand name cleaners; sometimes they work, usually they fail after a while. Recently I bought a brand new empty spray bottle from Walgreens. It has a spring in the trigger mechanism. However, my anticipation turned to disappointment when it stopped spraying; there is nothing visibly clogging it.

Any thoughts?

By Tracy Leonard from Kansas City, MO

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May 8, 20100 found this helpful

I've purchased several spray bottles from Wal-Mart, only to quickly become frustrated. They don't make them like they used to! I have one that's probably 15 years old, and it still works great, but these newer ones get jammed up.

So I started buying my spray bottles from the beauty supply store (I go to Sally's). They cost more, but work MUCH better. I haven't replaced all the cheap (junk) bottles, but I'm getting there . . .

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May 10, 20100 found this helpful

I started getting my spray bottles at Walmart in the dept. where they have ironing boards & such. It's called "Green Machine", has a green label & says it's an ironing spray bottle.


It's made out of old water bottles. I've had one for nearly 3 years now & it's still going strong-cheap price too!

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May 13, 20100 found this helpful

I would take it back to Walgreens for a new one. I've never had a problem exchanging anything there.

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September 27, 20134 found this helpful

Today I opened a brand new bottle of Prada perfume and it wouldn't spray so I tried several things and was thinking I would just throw it away since it had been a year since I purchased it. I then thought why not try one more thing and that fixed it! I took the cap off to expose the tubing for the pump and stuck a safety pin down in the tubing. I assume any pin would work, but this did the trick. I have a functioning spray bottle now and saved throwing the expensive bottle of scent away. Love it when I win!

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November 19, 20150 found this helpful

Yeh. Can't believe the answer was so simple. Mine was a Prada bottle too.


Think there must be something wrong with their design but now it's up and functioning. Thanks.

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November 22, 20151 found this helpful

Thanks for this! I had the exact same problem with the exact same perfume. :)

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January 22, 20161 found this helpful

This just saved half of a bottle of Prada for me too! Same bottle!! Thank you sooooooooooo much!!!

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April 13, 20161 found this helpful

I also have a bottle of PRADA and I tried your suggestion. It worked! You have to push the pin (I used a large safety pin) down all the way ~ I could actually hear when it 'broke through' where it was stuck. I have read this perfume bottle gets stuck quite often. Now I know how to fix it! Thanks!

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April 21, 20170 found this helpful

Just had the same issue with my prada. Came across this and it worked! Thank you

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December 14, 20170 found this helpful

This totally worked for me thanks for the tip blondirose

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February 16, 20180 found this helpful

Thx blondirose & Anon for this tip/info ; I also had the same issue w/the same Prada perfume. Im so happy that I dont have to shell out the $ for a new bottle when mine was still more than half full!

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December 16, 20151 found this helpful

Can I just say thanks to the person who posted the prada perfume. I have the exact same perfume and exactly the same problem. I was really surprised when I saw that the same perfume had the same issue.


However, I tried what you did and it worked?!?!? Amazing thank you so much for posting! Otherwise I too would have never sorted it out and it would have sat there for ages not being used

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