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How to Fix a Spray Bottle That Isn't Spraying

Updated April 17, 2017

In 1947 the first squeeze spray deodorant bottle was invented. In the 1960s spray bottles with trigger-style nozzles became popular. Modern spray bottles pump the liquid up through a tube with air pressure, so the liquid is forced out. According to the website HomeEverAfter, a test was conducted to find how much liquid is left in a bottle after it stops spraying. In a 946ml. bottle of cleaner, 147ml. were left after the spraying stopped.

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  1. Remove the nozzle.

  2. Run warm water over the nozzle.

  3. Wipe the nozzle with a tissue.

  4. Scrape the nozzle with a toothpick to remove any debris.

  5. Run warm water over the nozzle again.

  6. Replace the nozzle.

  7. If your nozzle still won't spray, remove it again and soak the entire nozzle head in rubbing alcohol for 10 minutes then repeat the previous steps.

  8. Tip

    If only a small amount of liquid is left in the bottle, add a few marbles, which will raise the water level.

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Things You'll Need

  • Warm running water
  • Tissue
  • Toothpick
  • Rubbing alcohol

About the Author

Judith Green

Judith Green began writing articles in 2009. Green has had articles published online at eHow, and likes writing about health, food, family and relationships. Green has taken college workshop classes in language arts and writing through Ohio State University. When Green learned about the opportunity to write online, she knew this was her niche.

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