How to fix a spray bottle

How to fix a spray bottle. Many people use cleaning products in spray bottles around their house.

These spray bottles, over time, may become less effective or start to leak or even break.

Depending on how much is left in the bottle, it may be worth it to salvage what you can for a future project and to save the empty container for a future job that requires something like it.

How to fix a spray bottle

how to fix a spray bottle

If the nozzle feels too tight, you may now be able to spray. If not, unscrew the top and remove the cap while holding it under hot, running water.

Once you have removed the cap and allowed it to soak, take a pin and poke out any blockages or clogs that may be obstructing your nozzle from producing a fine mist.

If your spray bottle contains hairspray, soak the nozzle in alcohol in order to liquefy any particles that may prevent an even dispensing of the product.

Identify the problem

The spray bottle pump works by using a plastic piston that is inserted into the bottom of the bottle.

This kind of functioning utilizes either a vertical pump mechanism or a trigger by which you can push down the liquid in the container. A screw can be found on the nozzle to open and start with every usage.

The piston, however, also automatically retracts when done with spraying, and there creates an empty space in the container where more fluid can get from under it through to a hose inside the bottle.

But if you’re facing trouble and see any problem with your sprayer, try these easy solutions for a quick fix.

Cleaning the nozzle

cleaning the nozzle

For bottles that might have solidified or hardened items in them like an oil-based substance for example (hair products like hairspray or pomades etc.), you might run into some issues with the sprayer.

The first thing you should do to attempt to resolve most of these problems is to simply turn the lid attached to the sprayer.

While holding it with one hand so it turns until it reaches a complete stop and then try repressing the bottle again.

If this isn’t working, unscrew the entire sprayer from the bottle completely and place it under hot running water or immerse it in vinegar (for hair serums, etc.).

Be sure to use something pointed or a pin to manually punch out any blockage that may be causing your problem.

Once you’ve taken those steps, remember that if you were using either alcohol or vinegar on your product expect for them both to dry up quickly once they are dry, so don’t forget about your bottle.

Extending the tube

Spray tubes are designed to make coverage as thorough as possible. Yet sometimes, you may notice that when the can is removed from its resting spot, the tube curls and moves towards one side of the container or points upwards.

To prevent that from happening, spray tubes can be fitted with a more rigid tube that will keep it straight while in use.

If you find yourself always having to remove the lid because it’s too difficult to get the can into its space of rest.

A short-term solution would be to alter some height so that there is more clearance between where it rests and where you will hold on to it for support for spraying purposes.

One way or another, at least one attribute will have to change in order for this adjustment to work your space of rest might have to be raised or lowered depending on what catches your eye when inspecting the physical product itself.

Another option would be adjusting the point where your hand comes down onto a specific surface.

Detailed instructions

Unscrew the cap on the bottle. Pour warm water into the bottle. Gently shake the bottle to release any clogs. Let it soak for about 10 minutes. Rinse out of the nozzle.

Clean off any debris around the opening of the nozzle with a tissue or toothpick. Shake out of warm water again and replace into sprayer head.

If your frozen liquid cleaner is still not spraying, remove it for a second time submerge in rubbing alcohol instead for about 10 minutes and keep repeating these steps until you can get it to work again.


A sprayer is a common tool that we see almost everywhere and it can be used for multiple things.

They are mainly used for gardening, cleaning, and even disinfecting. Unfortunately, problems with these things happen more often than not.

But fixing them doesn’t have to be expensive or hard. If you know how to fix a spray bottle at home, you will know how to fix them as well.

Hopefully, this article has provided some easy-to-follow advice on how to repair your own spray bottle at home easily and inexpensively so you don’t have to worry about going out or getting someone else to do it for you.

How to fix a spray bottle

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