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Easy Cleaning of Perfume Bottles

Easy Cleaning of Perfume Bottles

Easy Cleaning of Perfume Bottles


Cleaning perfume bottles can be a challenge. Fragrances leave stubborn stains inside bottles and the shape of the bottle often makes it difficult to reach all areas to manually clean them.


Here are some tips on how to clean perfume bottles without destroying their original look.


You need:


  • Disposable rubber gloves
  • "lime-eating" liquid bathroom cleanser or alternatively use Finish Glass Magic (in a blue box) that you disolve in boiling water
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Electrical tape and plastic wrap
  • A small funnel or an old plastic medicine dosage cup like the one on a Nyquil container
  • Tea strainer or something similar
  • Small glass “seed” beads from your local craft or hobby store or preferably 3 oz of size 8 lead bird shot used in shotgun shells.

Remove the perfume dauber, stopper, or unscrew the top of the atomizer. Some types of designer perfume bottles have the atomizer screwed in place. Get a little screwdriver and carefully unscrew the atomizer. Take care not to chip the mouth of the bottle.

Protect the labels of the glass by wrapping it with several layers of plastic wrap. The kind you use to wrap food to keep it fresh will do just fine. Once that is done, seal the joint with electrical tape where the wrap meets the neck of the bottle. This is NOT water proof, but will help you keep the paper labels dry and unaffected from splashes.

Prepare your bottle by rinsing it out with warm water to remove any surface dirt.


Put on your gloves (this is a must… do not touch anything without gloves).

Pour the glass beads or preferably the lead bird shot with the help of the funnel or the plastic medicine cup into the perfume bottle (do not touch lead with your bare hands). Fill smaller bottles 1/4 full. Larger bottles can take the entire 3oz of lead shot. Add cleaning solution to the shot in the bottle. Add enough cleaning solution to saturate approximately 3/4 of the shot in the bottle.

Put the top of the perfume back in place, or hold your gloved finger over the opening of the bottle and shake it in different directions and angles. The lead shot will do the rest. Rotate the bottle from time to time as you shake. The more dirty the bottle, the more you have to shake...Use a circular clockwise motion to get the bottom of the bottle clean. You can tell the bottle is becoming clean as the solution darkens during the shaking process. Practice will let you know when the bottle is clean. For real stubborn bottles, let the solution soak in the bottle over night.

Once you feel the bottle is clean, put a small amount of hot tap water in the bottle so that the bottle is filled a little more than1/2 full. Shake the bottle one more time to thoroughly mix water with cleaning solution and shot. If hot water does not work well enough, drain the bottle and use alcohol to rinse.


When you have no more bottles to clean dump entire contents of cleaning solution and shot into a tea strainer. Rinse shot thoroughly under warm running water from the tap. Put the lead shot back into a small container for future use. You can use one of those 35MM film canisters with the lid that snaps in place. Do not be concerned if the lead shot has changed color.

Use a compressor or hair dryer to dry your bottles. You can also use let the bottle drain upside down on some paper towels if you have the patience to wait for them to dry naturally. That usually takes a day. Keep it away from pets and children and sufficiently supported that it will not fall over and get damaged.

If you use the bottle again for perfume, be sure to rinse it thoroughly with rubbing alcohol to remove all traces of the cleaning solution.

 

 

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By:Amphorae Amphorae

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1 month ago


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Great article, though I wouldn't recommend the lead shot, for fear of cracking the glass. Denture cleaning tablets can also be used, as the fizzing helps clear out old gunk.

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By:Coralily Coralily

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1 month ago


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very helpful! Thanks!

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