A spray bottle is a bottle that can squirt, spray or mist fluids. A
common use for spray bottles is dispensing cool cleaners,
cosmetics, and chemical specialties. Another wide use of spray
bottles is mixing down concentrates such as pine oil with water.
The actual spraybottles web site lists all kinds and sizes of spray
bottles including custom printed spray bottles.
The first trigger sprayer manufacturer was named AFA. An
interesting note is that there is only one trigger sprayer
manufacturer remaining in the US. Contents History While spray
bottles existed way before the middle of the 20th century, they
used a rubber bulb, which was squeezed; the quickly-moving air
siphoned fluid from the bottle.
The rapid improvement in plastics after World War II increased the
range of fluids that could be dispensed, and reduced the cost of
the sprayers because assembly could be fully automated. The first
major commercial plastic spray bottle was developed in 1947 when
Dr. Jules Montenier, working with engineers from the Plax
Corporation, invented a commercial use for the plastic bottle.
His innovation was for Stopette”, an underarm deodorant dispensed
by squeezing the bottle. This one bottle created an explosion in
the industry for the plastic bottle. "Stopette" and its patented
container became part of the national consciousness when "Stopette"
became the primary sponsor of the popular gameshow "What's My
For the first time, plastic was competing with glass for this type
of packaging. The Drackett company, manufacturers of Windex glass
cleaner, was a leader in promoting spray bottles. Roger Drackett
raised soybeans, converted the soybeans to plastic using technology
purchased from Henry Ford, and was an investor in the Seaquist
company, an early manufacture of sprayers and closures.
Initially, the brittle nature of early plastics required that
sprayers be packaged in a cardboard box, and the sprayer inserted
in the glass Windex bottle by the consumer. The cost of sprayers
was also a factor; consumers would reuse the sprayers with bottle
after bottle of glass cleaner. As plastics improved, and the cost
of sprayers dropped, manufacturers were able to ship product with
the sprayer already in the bottle.
In the late 1960s, spray bottles with trigger-style actuators
appeared and quickly became popular, as it was less fatiguing to
use. The original pump-style bottle remained more popular for
applications like non-aerosol deodorants, where size was a factor,
and repeated pumps were not required.  Modern spray bottles
Unlike the rubber bulb dispenser which primarily moved air with a
small amount of fluid, modern spray bottles use a positive
displacement pump that acts directly on the fluid.
The pump draws liquid up a siphon tube from the bottom of the
bottle, and the liquid is forced out a nozzle. Depending on the
sprayer, the nozzle may or may not be adjustable, so as to select
between squirting a stream, aerosolizing a mist, or dispensing a
spray. The dispensing is powered by the user's efforts in a spray
bottle, as opposed to the spray can, in which the user simply
actuates a valve, and product is dispensed under pressure, using a
liquid that gasifies at room temperature and pressure such as
propane/isobutane blends or Freon, or pressured gasses such as
nitrous oxide or ordinary air.