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    Default Re: Best way to clean and reuse an atomizer?

    I'm interested in this as well. Is there a way to FULLY clean an atomizer?
    The doubt about being able to 100% clean an atomizer is what's keeping me from getting some of the Creed-atomizers for traveling.
    Seeing as I can't really make up my mind about a favorite, I really need to be able clean the atomizers 100%.

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    Default Re: Best way to clean and reuse an atomizer?

    Those in the know will never recommend this! But, if you must, it would be best to get everclear and till the bottle. Spray the contents completely out and repeat. Take the nozzle off and soak it after that. Any gaps or nooks and crannies should be cleaned out with everclear on a Q-tip. Clean every thing. Then let the whole thing soak in everclear for a day. Let it dry off and give it the smell test.
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    Default Re: Best way to clean and reuse an atomizer?

    First of all I'd rinse it with an alcohol for few times, then clean it with some hot (or at least really warm water). Hot water will make the pores of glass open which will help to release some trapped molecules of fragrance.

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    I read that using 100% alcohol will do the trick for the glass part of the atomizer. The plastic inside the sprayer is where the scent might linger.
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    Default Re: Best way to clean and reuse an atomizer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Akahina View Post
    Those in the know will never recommend this! But, if you must, it would be best to get everclear and till the bottle. Spray the contents completely out and repeat. Take the nozzle off and soak it after that. Any gaps or nooks and crannies should be cleaned out with everclear on a Q-tip. Clean every thing. Then let the whole thing soak in everclear for a day. Let it dry off and give it the smell test.
    Seems like a lot of work, but if it works...

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    Default Re: Best way to clean and reuse an atomizer?

    I did this one and was frustrated with how the scent lingered, then I discovered that the scent was lingering in the sprayer top. Cleaning that completely made it "well". Even then, I replace the former fragrance (Terre d'Hermes) with one that was similar (Elixir des Merveilles).
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    Default Re: Best way to clean and reuse an atomizer?

    So when you guys say alcohol, would rubbing alcohol work?

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    I have found that rinsing the atomizer bottle and the top in soapy hot water will dissolve the oils and remove the fragrance. Then a second rinse in plain water or perfumers alcohol will finish it up to crystal clarity. Dawn dishwashing liquid which dissolves oils works best, but just a rinse in very hot water with a few drops of liquid hand soap in it will usually do the trick.

    If any fragrance persists after that I will drop some perfumers alcohol into the bottle, soak the spray head, shake it up and spray it out. But actually the hot water + dish soap method usually works better than alcohol.
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    Default Re: Best way to clean and reuse an atomizer?

    I tried various methods but opted for buying atomizers in bundles. One for each fragrance.

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    Default Re: Best way to clean and reuse an atomizer?

    Quote Originally Posted by ziffy321 View Post
    So when you guys say alcohol, would rubbing alcohol work?
    Perfumer's alcohol, everclear, absolute ethanol (lab stuff), or ethanol denatured with an oldorless denaturant would be best. I like perfumer's alcohol - it smells like a "nothing" fragrance. Definitely stay away from methanol - nasty poisonous.

    Most American rubbing alcohol is isopropyl alcohol, which is only mildly toxic but undrinkable, and it has its own odor - which is why it's not used in fragrance. Granted, after it evaporates, isopropyl doesn't leave much odor, but a sensitive nose may still smell it a bit, especially with plastic.
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    Default Re: Best way to clean and reuse an atomizer?

    I do this on very expensive atomizers, some that I've had for many years:


    1. Use soap and water and wash it thoroughly and then let it soak for several hours.

    2. Use Denatured Alcohol and wash it again thoroughly and then let soak again for a few hours or so.

    3. Rinse thoroughly with water and let dry.

    Voila.

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    Default Re: Best way to clean and reuse an atomizer?

    I also tried various methods but imo not worth it so i opted for buying new atomizers since there fairly cheap online

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    Quote Originally Posted by ziffy321 View Post
    So when you guys say alcohol, would rubbing alcohol work?
    it will work fine for you. scrub with hot soapy water a fill and spray with alcohol a couple of times.
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    Default Re: Best way to clean and reuse an atomizer?

    I couldn't figure out how to do it easily.
    So I just wash it out with hot water several times and let it dry.

    Then I fill the atomiser to a quarter or third its volume with the new scent, and use it relatively quickly. I can't say I've ever actually noticed the old scent when using the partially filled atomiser, but it certainly makes the atomiser smell like the new scent when you give it the final full fill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oupavoc View Post
    I also tried various methods but imo not worth it so i opted for buying new atomizers since there fairly cheap online
    After reading everyone's opinions and advice, I think this would be best.......!

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    Default Re-using atomizers?

    I probably know the answer to this, but I'll check anyway.

    I recently purchased a bunch of samples...and traded for a bunch more. Nearly all of them are in vials, not spray atomizers. I plan on transferring them to sprays, but here's my question: Is there a correct way to clean and re-use (with a different fragrance) a glass atomizer, or is this a big no-no (which is what I'm assuming)?
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    Default Re: Re-using atomizers?

    I was recently wondering exactly the same thing, for the same reason. I just purchased a bunch of glass atomizers with plastic sprayers, as well as some other plastic decanting supplies (pipettes, funnel). Is it enough to soak them in hot soapy water (which is what I was going to try)? I'm curious to see responses...
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    Default Re: Re-using atomizers?

    The plastic components retain the smell of the previous fragrance.

    I've tried cleaning them with 190 proof grain alcohol (a.k.a. Everclear, which is a brand) and even put them through the dishwasher, but this only cleans the glass parts, and the plastic still smells. And that means it can affect the scent of the new fragrance.

    Considering that samples can be pricey, when you add them up, and that purchasing decisions you make based on the samples are far costlier, I think it's best to just buy new atomizers. I buy the cheaper ones-- 100 at a time of the 2.5ml plastic ones from Accessories for Fragrances. I believe they have screw-on sprayer 3 ml ones on clearance for about the same price.
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    Default Re: Re-using atomizers?

    Quote Originally Posted by 30 Roses View Post
    Th plastic components retain the smell of the previous fragrance.

    ....And that means it can affect the scent of the new fragrance.

    ....I think it's best to just buy new atomizers.
    I concur with the above ↑↑↑.

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    Default Re: Re-using atomizers?

    That's what I expected...just didn't know if anyone had any success (or even tried) to re-use them. Thanks!!
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    Default Re: Re-using atomizers?

    Try Everclear 150 proof or 190 if you can find it.

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    Default Re: Re-using atomizers?

    I wouldn't want to contaminate anything I am using for sampling fragrances, but for travel atomizers I reuse them. If it's just some inexpensive designer frag, then I'm not really all that concerned about a tiny bit of cross contamination. It's true that you can never get the smell out of the plastic entirely, but if you rinse the sprayer well with 190 proof alcohol any remaining odor is so diluted that it shouldn't matter much.

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    I'm glad someone started this thread because I have a question that's kind of on the same topic.

    Can you re-use an old perfume bottle for a different scent? Or is this a really bad idea. I ask because some perfume bottles are really pretty and I hate to throw them out when they're empty - esp if they're crystal - , but Im not really sure I can reuse them. If I wash them in hot water and alcolhol - is that enough?

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    Default Re: Re-using atomizers?

    As the people above were saying, glass can be cleaned, plastic will retain some scent. If the bottle is all glass , you can wash them with everclear alcohol a few times, with drying inbetween. If they have a spray mechanism, either the spray is fixed (and so you cannot reuse the bottle), or it is screwed on, in which case you can. You can of course then buy a new spray mechanism.

    In general, though, while it is true that a touch of the smell of the previous perfume will remain attached to a bottle, I wouldn't worry too much if the purpose is to consume the perfume rather than collecting. Traces on a relatively big bottle will be swamped by the new juice.

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    Default Re: Re-using atomizers?

    I would re-use the bottle, not the spray.

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    Default Re: Re-using atomizers?

    Can you re-use an old perfume bottle for a different scent? Or is this a really bad idea. I ask because some perfume bottles are really pretty and I hate to throw them out when they're empty - esp if they're crystal - , but Im not really sure I can reuse them. If I wash them in hot water and alcolhol - is that enough?
    I think with most bottles the problem is getting the sprayer off without destroying it.

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    Default Re: Re-using atomizers?

    When the decant atomizers have a screw off atomizer, then just wash it with water/soap, then fill it like half way with water and spray till it's empty to clean the hose and spray mechanism. Never had any problem with the result.

    When using eg. a Travalo that needs to be cleaned, I always fill a little empty screw off atomizer, (a 7m) fill it with water, unscrew the spray nozzle, fill the Travalo with water (the pumping way) and spray it empty and repeat that if necessary till all previous scent smell has gone and then fill it with the new juice! Works with me also perfect and does not take that much time.
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    Default Re: Re-using atomizers?

    I reuse atomisers, but I'm mainly filling them from big splash bottles of either EDT or aftershave splash..
    So when I change a scent I fill a third to half of the atomiser with the new scent and use it up relatively quickly - I can't really smell the old scent when I then spray it.
    On the next full refill of the atomiser, I can't smell the old scent in it.

    Of course, this won't be helpful with your vials. I suggest you get a used atomiser, wash it with hot water, let it dry, and then fill or half it with a scent you have a big bottle of. Then compare the spray from the atomiser to that from the big bottle. You'll then have an idea as to whether you'll be happy with your proposed course of action.
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    I would only reuse an atomizer if it is for the same fragrance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeJ View Post
    I would only reuse an atomizer if it is for the same fragrance.
    +1. Only 1 fragrance for same atomizer.

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