How to Remove the Ball From a Roll-On Bottle

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Deodrants often use roll-on bottles for easy application of the product.
Deodrants often use roll-on bottles for easy application of the product. (Image: Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

Roll-on bottles can be made out of metal, glass or plastic, and they are most commonly used to hold perfume, deodorant or cosmetic products. After the product has run out you may want to remove the roll-on ball to re-use the bottle. You can't pull out the ball with just your hands, as it is designed to remain securely held in place. To remove the ball, you just need a few common items.

Things You'll Need

  • Pliers
  • Ballpoint pen

Gently hold the middle of the roll-on bottle with one hand. If the bottle still contains some liquid, you may want to hold it over a sink.

Squeeze the handles of the pliers so that the tips of the pliers grasp around the plastic base that holds the roll-on ball. While still gripping the base, slowly rotate the pliers from left to right to loosen up the base. When it feels loose enough, carefully pull the pliers upwards to remove the combined plastic base and roll-on ball.

Turn the roll-on ball upside-down so that you are looking through the bottom of the plastic base. Push the underside of the roll-on ball on a hard, flat surface such as a table until it pops out of the base. If this doesn't work, press the underside of the ball with the blunt end of a ballpoint pen until it pops out.

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