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How to Fix a Spray Bottle

Updated February 21, 2017

Spray bottles make a variety of home chores much simpler and quicker. However, the bottles can become clogged and no longer work. You can fix this by cleaning out the spray bottle's nozzle. Avoid clogging your spray bottle by rinsing the nozzle after every use. This is especially important for hairspray, which can dry in the nozzle and clog it easily.

Remove the spray nozzle by unscrewing it.

Run the nozzle under warm water for at least a minute. This will help soften the material that is clogging the nozzle.

Press a pin into the small hole on the front of the nozzle. This is where the liquid sprays out.

Completely immerse the nozzle in distilled white vinegar if it still does not work. This will help dissolve the clogs inside the nozzle tubes. Let it soak for 10 minutes.

Rinse the nozzle off with clear water and twist it back onto the spray bottle. Test it to see whether you fixed it.

Untwist the nozzle and remove it if the spray bottle still isn't spraying. It might not be spraying because there is a hole in the tube.

Examine the tube to locate the hole in the tube. If the hole is too high in the sprayer, you may be unable to repair the spray bottle.

Cut the tube above the hole with scissors. This may mean that you will have to keep the spray bottle full of liquid, at least higher than the tube, to use it.

Things You'll Need

  • Pin
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Scissors
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About the Author

Kaye Wagner has been working in the fields of journalism and public relations since 2006 and is a recipient of a National Hearst Award. She is particularly interested in home-and-garden projects, as well as beauty and fashion writing. An avid traveler, she also writes travel reviews and guides. Wagner earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Brigham Young University.