To hell with cleaning em. Just buy em in bulk. They're cheap.
Thread: Reusing sample atomizers
I would suggest some dish soap, followed by a solution of water and bicarbonate of soda (baking soda).
To hell with cleaning em. Just buy em in bulk. They're cheap.
Last edited by pluran; 21st October 2007 at 09:33 AM.
They are cheap, but so are plastic cups and I reuse those, too! You know, reduce, reuse, recycle. I don't think they need to soak, and I wash like my dishes in very hot water. I spray through some of the wash water. I rinse well in hot water and spray through some hot water. I used to do an alcohol rinse and spray through as well, but I don't anymore as I have a bunch of them now. I leave them apart on top of my refridgerator -- a warm spot -- for days and days or weeks sometime. I still sniff them before I put anything else in them but I've never been able to detect anything and I've never noticed any off notes in the resulting purse spray.
Please, spritz responsibly.
I have been told to clean all perfume containers with a high grade vodka. Fill, let sit and empty. Repeat. If using an atomizer, squirt ten times with each vodka application. Supposedly, the alcohol in the vodka is the purest without its own scent and will bond with whatever scent is left in the bottle, thus cleaning it out when emptied.
I would use vinegar and then lots of water.
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I use warm water before soaking the bottle in Miltons (used to disinfect baby bottles, can be found in chemists and supermarkets in the baby section). To help neutralise the odour, I sometimes would soak the bottle in denture tablets which also help to clear stains.
First soap ... then perfumers alcohol or Vodka .
I wish I had an atomiser like that. I bought one from the Body Shop, filed it with EDT and a week later it was empty. I don't know whether it evaporated, leaked, or what, but it was a real pain.
I wouldn't clean anything with vinegar as it has a really clingy scent and you need a base (like soap, detergent, bicard) to break down oils.
I'm hoping you can give me some advice on cleaning old perfume bottles for re-use. I'd love to decant some of the splash bottles I have into spray bottles, and I was wondering if it's possible to clean old spray bottles well enough to re-use them. I am of course talking about bottles with removable spray tops (Miller-Harris, l'Occitane, Lutens).
I have run the bottles through the dish washer a couple of times, and the scent seems to be gone from the glass. But the spray tops themselves still smell quite strongly of the original scents. Is there a way to clean them? Or should I invest in new bottles?
Have any of you done this successfully?
BTW: One by-product of this experiment is that my dishwasher smells lovely!
Many thanks in advance...
Get some sort of spirit, and spray it through/leave the tops in there, it usually works, its what I use to reuse sample vials (cba to buy them!) If a sprayer, afterwards, spray some water through, and leave to evaporate, after doing so, you'll have a clean sprayer
soak them in vodka in a small jar for a few weeks, you dont need much only enough to cover them
I use white vinegar to rinse old perfume bottle and vials, then I rinse again with water.
No smell at all after this treatment.
Extrait/Perfume/EdP/EdT/EdC = alcohol, water, oils and/or synthetic fragrances/coloring or just some of those ingredients.
Use a mixture of a few drops of non-scented liquid diswashing detergent and 1/2 cup of hot water. Fill the drained bottle and replace spray mechanism. Spray solution through the spray mechanism 5-6 times, shake vigorously, rinse thoroughly, refill bottle with clear hot water and spray another small amount of clear hot water through the spray mechanism until no trace of detergent remains. Drain bottle and pump spray mechanism dry thoroughly to completely empty it.
Then mix 1/4 teaspoon baking soda in 1/2 cup hot water and repeat steps above with the baking soda/water mix instead of the detergent/water mix. Leave bottle open and upside down to dry along with spray mechanism.
If your bottle is glass no trace of the old fragrance should be left.
If it is plastic all bets are off.
Last edited by kbe; 8th April 2008 at 04:58 PM.
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I am looking to buy a few atomizers so that i can use my samples as sprays instead of using those annoying glass vials that lack sprayers ( i call these anoying glass vials "dabbers" because you have to dab a bit of fragrance on instead of spraying). My only concern is cleaning them, i.e., lets say i fill my atomizer with Amouage's, XXV, then after i am finished with the XXV, i decide to fill the same atomizer with Bond No. 9's, Bleeker Street? How can i clean it so that the XXV will not disturb the Bleeker Street?
Last edited by TheAttorney; 3rd September 2008 at 02:14 AM.
I don't like "dabbers" either.
Shycat and Quarry discussed recycling sample vials. Quarry's were glass though. I don't know if yours are plastic or glass.
Here's the thread:
It starts at post #25. 'Might want to ask them if it worked well enough!
Last edited by Aiona; 3rd September 2008 at 02:44 AM.
If you can find it, Everclear 190 proof or denatured alcohol.
Also Snowdrift Farms
If you get them from the right source, they're about a buck and change for 8 ml. Why spend a small fortune on the juice and cheap out on the sprayers?
The lady at AFF will hook you up bro.
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To test, i grabbed a small atomizer last night and unscrewed the top off. It had been previously occupied with a scent so i soaked it all in hot water for approx 4-5 hours, then left it on the counter to dry. It seemed to wipe out the other scent completely.
Last edited by TheAttorney; 3rd September 2008 at 04:32 PM.
I think denatured alcohol would clean the glass ones. The plastic one's I wouldn't bother
Are you cleaning plastic atomizers with plastic sprayers or glass atomizers with plastic sprayers??
IMO, it doesn't matter what you soak (or how long) the smell will never be completely removed from a plastic sprayer. Since this is the case, I NEVER reuse atomizers. I just buy new ones...they're so cheap!
Now a glass atomizer (not the sprayer) can be rid of scent - one way to do it effectively is with heat (in an oven).
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The atomizer is glass and the sprayer is plastic (i should have noted this). It worked pretty well, i was just curious.
Over the past month or so I have received a ridiculous amount of samples in multiple forms. My disdain for splashes in general has left me with twenty some odd empty atomizers and another thirty or so regular splash samples, so here's my conundrum... Is it possible to clean empty atomizers to remove all the fragrance and then refill them with a different sample, or will there always be enough oil left over to mar whatever new scent I place in them??? I know it's a noob question but mother earth wants me to recycle
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Actually, I have had great success in throwing my empty sample vials (with stoppers off), in the dishwasher. As long as they're contained in the knife/fork basket where they cant slip out and get caught in the drain, Ive managed to successfully remove any trace of scent from the vial and lid.
I never found a sound way to clean them effectively prior to this though.
I use the mini sample sprays to decant from the big bottles. They need many washes before the scent is removed but if you persist then it should eventually be removed
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