How to Clean Perfume Bottles

Updated February 21, 2017

You may wish to reuse an empty perfume bottle, or display a fancy or antique perfume bottle that you have held onto for several years. Running a perfume bottle through a dishwasher may crack or even break the bottle, and scrubbing the inside of the perfume bottle likely will not remove all of the perfume smell from the bottle's interior. Simply soaking the bottle may not remove all of the perfume residue inside. However, there are ways to clean perfume bottles.

Empty all contents from the perfume bottle.

Fill the perfume bottle with an equal amount of white vinegar and warm water. Shake the perfume bottle gently to mix the liquids.

Leave the water and vinegar inside the perfume bottle for an hour before pouring it out.

Add warm water to the perfume bottle so that it is between 50 and 75 per cent full.

Add a teaspoon of a mild liquid dish soap and a teaspoon of uncooked rice inside the perfume bottle. These two ingredients will break up and remove oil and other gunk inside the perfume bottle.

Shake the perfume bottle gently once more. Shake the bottle for about 30 seconds so that the rice and soap make their way around the entire bottle.

Leave the ingredients in the perfume bottle for an hour.

Empty the bottle and rinse it thoroughly with warm water. Let the bottle air dry. Make sure it's completely dry before you put any lid, cap or sprayer back onto the bottle.


If you plan to use the perfume bottle's sprayer again, the nozzle and tube can be soaked in a water and vinegar mixture (equal amounts of both) for about 15 minutes. Leave both items out overnight afterward so they fully dry. Wipe the outside of the perfume bottle with a damp, soapy cloth if there is any leftover perfume on the outside of the bottle.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • Mild dish soap
  • Uncooked rice
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Andrew Smith has been a freelance writer since 2006, specializing in sports and technology. His work has appeared on various online sites. Smith has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Pennsylvania State University.