You've spent a pretty penny on a sweet-smelling perfume, so when you're getting dolled up for a date and nothing comes out of the bottle, your mood can quickly go from excitement to frustration. Although it's difficult to imagine, trapped perfume particles can clog the bottle's sprayer, leaving you sad and scent free. But relax, it's not the end of the road for your perfume -- a few simple tricks will clear the gunk away and bring your perfume sprayer back to life.
Remove the nozzle from the perfume bottle. Most spray nozzles will come off by carefully pulling upward or gently twisting and pulling.
Put the nozzle into a small bowl and fill the bowl with very hot water until the nozzle is covered.
Let the nozzle soak in the hot water for five minutes. Wipe the nozzle with a rag to clear away any dislodged debris and then put the nozzle back onto the perfume bottle by pushing it back into place on the pumping mechanism. Make sure the nozzle is pointed away from your face, as some perfume may spray out while replacing the nozzle. Test to see if the nozzle sprays properly.
Discard the hot water from the bowl. If the nozzle is still clogged, take it off and put it back into the bowl and pour rubbing alcohol over it until the nozzle is submerged.
Leave the nozzle to soak for two hours in the rubbing alcohol. Take the nozzle out and rinse it under hot water.
Dry the nozzle with a clean rag to remove excess moisture. Put the nozzle back onto the perfume bottle by pushing it back into place on the pumping mechanism. Make sure the nozzle is pointed away from your face, as some perfume may spray out while replacing the nozzle.
- Take great care not to burn yourself when working with hot water.
- Wash your hands if you get perfume on them, as you can burn your eyes if you rub perfume into them.
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