What You Should  Know About Trigger Pump Sprayers

What You Should Know About Trigger Pump Sprayers

In recent years, the global market demand for spray heads and spray bottles has risen sharply. Especially demand for safe and effective cleaning supplies like trigger sprayers and mist sprayers.

Trigger pump sprayers are also beginning to be used more frequently to package cosmetic products and in cleaning supplies (like personal and industrial-grade sanitizers) in recent years. Trigger sprayers are a very convenient liquid sprayer as it simply squeezes out the liquid and automatically seals off when the trigger is released. This allows the user to control the exact amount of spray he wants to deliver.

Trigger sprayers are usually designed for delivering specific dosages per squeeze. Trigger sprayers are made of a simple plastic squeeze-pump handle that can be fixed onto the tops of most brand plastic bottles. Because of the way they are designed, they can deliver the liquid product evenly on a surface, which is usually more efficient – especially for cleaning products.


There are many reasons why you should use trigger sprayers. Some products are best delivered from trigger sprayers. Here are some very simple reasons why you should use a trigger sprayer.

  • Trigger sprayers are easy to use.
  • Includes Child Safety features

We have included some tips on how to make sure that your product is Child-Safe.

  • They are not expensive
  • They are re-usable
  • They can be easily recycled
  • We create uniquely designed trigger sprayers that are very comfortable to use
  • You can choose colours that match with your brand design.
  • They are a very efficient way of delivering liquid products.



Trigger sprayer pumps have a straightforward design and work with several parts to make sure the pumping action delivers the liquid in the bottle as a spray. To do this, you simply pull the trigger lever with your fingers to activate a small pump. This pump is attached to a plastic dip tube that draws cleaning fluid from the bottom of the reservoir inside the bottle. The pump forces this liquid down a narrow barrel and out through a small hole at the sprayer trigger valve.

Inside the shroud, there is a small spring which compresses the fluid once pulled back by the trigger. The moving piston compresses the spring, so when you release the trigger, the piston is pushed back out of a gasket. These two strokes of the piston move the cylinder out again and complete the entire pump cycle. The extraction motion this causes shrinks the cylinder and forces the fluid out as a one-way system.

When you release the trigger, the motion allows the processes to be repeated without any delivery problems. Slightly different designs are used depending on the pump type and delivery solution.



Trigger spray pumps are used in a wide range of liquid product packaging. It is mostly used in the packaging of cleaning products. This includes sanitising agents, soaps and cleaning foams.

Trigger spray pumps can also be used for hair-care products such as gels and sprays or on strong cleaning agents such as stain removers or alloy wheel cleaners. The medical industry also uses trigger pump sprays for pain relief products. You will probably find a trigger spray being used for some type of solution in most industries.

Here’s a list of just 35 product packaging solutions that use trigger spray pumps.

  1. Sanitisers
  2. Oven cleaners
  3. Upholstery cleaners
  4. Alloy wheel cleaning solutions
  5. Car wax applications
  6. Barbeque cleaners
  7. Frying oil
  8. Bathroom sink and bath cleaners
  9. Toilet cleaners
  10. Massage oils
  11. Pain-relief gels
  12. Hair gels
  13. Hair sprays
  14. Floor cleaners
  15. Window cleaners
  16. Garden products – Rose protection
  17. Shower cleaners
  18. Stain removers
  19. Surface cleaners – granite or marble
  20. Wood surface enhancers
  21. Air fresheners
  22. Multi-purpose products
  23. Mould removers
  24. Degreasers
  25. Limescale removers and shine
  26. Grout cleaners
  27. Clothes fresheners
  28. All-in-one products
  29. Paint repair solutions
  30. Natural & Organic scents or cleaners
  31. Hand soaps
  32. Face cleansers
  33. Suntan lotions
  34. Moisturisers
  35. Metal restorers.



Trigger Sprayers are available with different outputs, these include 0.75ml, 1.3ml and the much larger 1.6ml output. The most commonly used output is the 1.3ml fitting because it delivers more consistently for most types of liquid.

Trigger pumps have a good range of delivery dosages. This is important in choosing the right fitting for your product depending on what the product is used for and how it is applied. Available trigger pumps dosage can range from 0.22ml to 1.5ml. How the product is applied can also affect how much spread (surface area) it covers and how much mist is created by the trigger pump. If a product needs a larger spread, a higher dosage is recommended. Options include:

  • Spray
  • Jet
  • Mist
  • Stream
  • Continuous
  • Foam

If you are not sure of what type of fitting you need, feel free to talk with us about your product and your needs.


Trigger sprayers have various size screw caps to fit different bottlenecks. The more popular sizes you will find are:

  • Trigger sprayer 28/400
  • Trigger sprayer 28/410
  • Trigger sprayer 20/410
  • Trigger sprayer 24/410.

Some pumps will only be available in one neck size however, while will be available in all sizes.


The spray pattern can be quite important to some liquid products. You may want a widespread, a short spread, mist or foam solution. The type of liquid being used is the most important factor here.

A good example of this is between frying oil and a foam cleaning product. Frying oil needs a widespread short-range spray to cover the frying pan very well before cooking. While foamed spray would need a short-range mechanism as the contents have a different consistency, and the liquid needs to be applied more directly.

 The viscosity of the trigger pump fluid is a measure of its ability to resist gradual deformation caused by shear stress or tensile stress. For liquids, this simply means how “thick” it is. For example, honey has a much higher viscosity than water. High viscosity (HV) pumps can handle thicker liquids more efficiently.



Trigger sprayer pumps come in a great selection of designs, styles and colour options. Depending on your product line you might want to offer something classic, modern, technical or even futuristic. The shroud is the plastic container around the trigger mechanism.

We have some stunning designs available as well as a variation of the trigger pump which is called the mini trigger pump. Mini trigger pumps can also be used for a wide selection of liquids product solutions.

Mini Trigger Sprayer Design

Hitting your target market correctly does mean you will need to do a little research, especially with colour matching options. To give you some hints we have put some colour codes options together for you.

They are not compulsory, however, because consumers are used to seeing these colours for products in these industry sectors


We all know some liquids can be fatal to young children. They can breathe in chemicals if the wrong spray nozzle is used and some liquids can actually burn the skin. Child safety is very important when choosing your trigger pump.

Here are our top 5 child safety tips:

  • If the chemicals are toxic to the lungs, consider using the foaming trigger sprayer for your product.
  • Most trigger sprayers come complete with a twist lock on the end of the nozzle. This is a perfect solution for young children.
  • Some trigger sprayers come with a snap click screw cap. This design is very difficult to remove and prevents children from accidentally spilling the content of the bottle on themselves.
  • Trigger sprayers can also come with an on/off clip that slides left to right for a working and non-working mode.
  • For toxic or corrosive products, make sure to include a ‘Keep Away from the Reach of Children’ warning.

Trigger Sprayer With Child Safety Nozzle


Trigger sprayers are generally more expensive and require higher production technology from manufacturers. And because they are used frequently, if they are damaged, they cannot be squeezed, which will cause great trouble to our consumers. So, making sure you select the right manufacturer is very important.

  • Firstly, try it out yourself to see whether the extrusion effect and spray are even. This is an important step in choosing the right manufacturer.
  • Secondly, make sure that it fits tightly. You want to be sure that no liquid leaks out because of loose sprayer caps.
  • Next, find out who the cooperation partners of the manufacturers are and which companies the manufacturer already supplies. If the cooperation partners are well-known cosmetics, medical and daily necessities manufacturers, then the quality will be more guaranteed.
  • Finally, look at the pricing. If it is too high or too low, it is unreasonable.


Packbien offers a fully customizable ‘Build Your Own’ trigger pump service. This gives the brand owner more control over the final design. Custom changes include trigger options, nozzle options and collar options.

We’d like to hear from you. Feel free to reach out to us, if you have any questions about trigger pump sprayers or if you need to talk with a company representative about your product needs and specifications.

Packbien is a premium producer of a wide range of quality packaging products like foam pumps, trigger sprayers, flip top caps, disc top caps, etc. that fit perfectly with common bottle sizes and container tops. If you have any questions about plastic packaging feel free to reach us.


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