I bought this Marcel Franck perfume bottle (no atomizer) in filthy condition for $1 at an estate sale a while back. It had beautiful cuts but getting it clean looked like a lost cause. In fact, most bottles that contained anything alcohol-based that dried up in the bottle look like a lost cause. But they're not.
It's really that simple, y'all. Let's talk more about it, anyway.
You know I always recommend trying the gentlest solutions first, and I did try that here even though I knew the ultimate answer. I soaked that nasty perfume residue in soapy water overnight to no avail. I tried decanter beads with water. I tried decanter beads with soapy water. I tried a pipe cleaner.
I don't know why I tried all those things in this case, other than to prove they wouldn't do the trick.
Enter acetone. One of my favorite quick cleaning solutions. And it doesn't hurt your glass or crystal. I put a small amount of acetone into the bottle and gave it a quick two-second swirl.
That took all but the most stubborn spots off but I could see they were going to need a little more friction. I tossed in some decanter beads, closed the bottle, used a cotton swab with acetone to clean the lid, gave it a swirl for ten seconds, et voila.
Perfect clean. After that, I cleaned it with soapy water but you could skip that step if your bottle is just for display.
What's your wonder product for cleaning bottles like these? Do you have a secondhand purchase you just can't get clean? Make sure to tell us about it in a comment below. Let's learn together.