Glass stopper stuck in perfume bottle. Any ideas?

pump_toadJuly 30, 2008

I am wondering if anyone has a tip on how to remove a glass stopper from a glass perfume bottle.That sucker is really stuck tight !

Lois

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joanmn

Run cold water on the bottle, and hot water on the stopper. Should work. Good luck.
JoanMN

    Bookmark   July 30, 2008 at 6:38PM
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nodakgal

Is there anyway to get a few drops of oil in the stopped area? Like baby oil or cooking oil? It might be enough to help.

I found this online:

How do you release a stuck stopper?
Hold the decanter between your knees with the stopper away from you and tap the stopper gently but repeatedly with a piece of wood (the back of an old fashioned shoe brush is ideal). The slight shock should release the stopper.
Wrap a piece of hot wet cloth round the neck of the decanter. The theory is that this will cause the glass to expand and thus release the stopper.

I hope one will help!

    Bookmark   July 30, 2008 at 6:39PM
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Zipper_TX

You might try setting the whole thing in a bowl of cold water. Get the water up to the neck where the stopper is and see if that will release it.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2008 at 6:39PM
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uxorial

If both the bottle and stopper are glass, with no rubber or plastic, try this:

Put the bottle in a bowl of hot water; at the same time, rub an ice cube over the stopper. The bottle should expand a little, and the stopper should shrink a little.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2008 at 6:40PM
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joanmn

Oops, wrong way around! Hot water on the bottle to expand, cold water on the stopper to shrink it.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2008 at 6:40PM
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FlamingO in AR

Are you trying to save the perfume? Maybe a few minutes in the freezer would help.... or a drop of mineral oil where the 2 glass pieces meet.

And I hate to contradict Joan, but I think you would run cold on the piece you want to shrink and hot on the thing it's stuck in. If it's real dainty though, I'd be hesitant to do anything too drastic.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2008 at 6:41PM
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FlamingO in AR

I obviously type way tooooo slowly! lol There was only 1 reply when I started typing. Sheesh. I edit too much.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2008 at 6:49PM
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azzalea

I would go easy on the temperature extremes. If this is good glass, hot water or cold water alone can crack it--using both together is a recipe for disaster. My parents were collectors of art glass, and I can assure you that even a few degrees off of room temp can shatter some kinds of glass.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2008 at 6:59PM
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petaloid

Do you have Pam cooking spray or the equivalent? Put the nozzle right up against where the stopper fits and spritz it.

I had a wine glass stuck inside a water glass and we tried hot, cold, etc., to no avail.

Pam worked!

    Bookmark   July 30, 2008 at 7:19PM
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pump_toad

Just wanted to let you know that my stopper is now unstuck! I poured some olive oil around the neck of the stopper. I tried pulling on it but nothing happened so sat down to watch a TV program. 15 minutes later I tried and it came right off.
Thanks to all of you for the input.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2008 at 11:07PM
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jemdandy

Next time, you might try a few drops of penetrating oil.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2008 at 4:33AM
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