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Many readers have written me the past few months about spray bottles. What are the best spray bottles for homemade solutions?
Since so many want to know more, we have an entire post today dedicated to helping you pick the best spray bottles!
If you own our book, Chemistry Hacks for Home and Outdoors, you can really use almost any type of bottle. All of our solutions are safe and mild, so it works for plastics, glass, and even leftover bottles you may have.
For our solutions, it is important to think about what type of spray nozzle you need. Depending on how thick something is or what it contains, you need to go with an effective bottle. This goes for any homemade solution you want to make.
You can reference this post forever. I will always keep it updated with the most affordable and available bottles.
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For Basic Cleaning Solutions
This goes for alcohol based solutions, vinegar solutions, or anything with a thinner consistency. Look for sturdy spray nozzles and chemical grade plastic (FYI almost all spray bottles made for cleaning or beauty solutions will be chemical grade, even those from leftover bottles). If a bottle mentions it is safe for chemicals, fertilizers, or cleaners, then it is chemical grade.
This one is one of my favorites (it is the 4th one in the list). It will also work for thicker solutions, like fertilizers.
For Gardening Solutions
The biggest problem readers encounter is trying to spray a salt solution from an expensive spray bottle with a filter….it doesn’t work. Instead of high quality, you really just need something with a wide tube. And if all else fails, you can use squirt bottles made for saline solutions or even condiments. Those work great!
For Anything Using Essential Oils
There are only a few solutions from our eBook that need essential oils. One being the DIY Pine-Sol (which smells AMAZING). I typically make this Pine-Sol in a big bucket and wash floors with it. If you want to make a spray, you will need to make sure it’s a good spray bottle. This goes with any essential oil based cleaner.
It is very unlikely your solutions will be potent enough or stored long enough to eat through plastic, but it is better to be safe. Using glass is the safest bet for essential oil cleaners.
My personal favorite is the amber glass bottles.
I make all my extracts in amber bottles to eliminate light decomposing the substance. This is good for essential oils too!
Chemist Tip for Spray Bottle Use
In addition to using the right spray bottle, keep in mind that storage is important for homemade solutions. If you keep a bottle of homemade solution in a warm area, like by the oven or on the oven, it can decompose quicker.
Always store your homemade spray bottles and solutions in a cool, dark place. I keep all of mine in the cabinet below the sink to make sure they stay fresh.
Another quick chemist tip is to always give your spray bottle a nice hard shake before spraying. This is especially true for any salt based cleaner 🙂