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  • Help with Hand Sanitizer!

    Posted by Lainee on October 13, 2017 at 5:26 am

    So I’ve come up with an idea to put beads into my hand sanitizer but I don’t know how to deal with these beads. The beads are still hard even after I put them into my hand sanitizer. Should I soak them first in water for about an hour or more before putting them in my hand sanitizer? They should dissolve when I rub them. 

    Also, should I use carbomer for suspending them? Cause they are just settling. Im using HEC.

    The beads are made of Cellulose, Mannitol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose. Thanks !

    chickenskin replied 6 years, 4 months ago 5 Members · 6 Replies
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    October 13, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    Carbomer is best for suspension (even suspends air in water).Try soaking in hydro-alcoholic solution but an hour sounds long so do 15 minute intervals and test for slight softening before adding to sanitizer which I presume is alcohol based.

  • Lainee

    October 14, 2017 at 1:50 am

    @DRBOB@VERDIENT.BIZ yes it is alcohol based. At what ratio of hydro-alcoholic solution?

  • chemist77

    October 14, 2017 at 3:11 am

    63% Ethanol will be a standard dosage, NO HEC and as Dr. Bob says use Carbober instead. Also check with your supplier about the nature of beads, I never had to pre soak them. 

  • roddelta

    October 18, 2017 at 5:31 am

    is it likely that these beads are designed to be hard initially and then soften once in the product. This will allow time to fill the product without destroying the bead structure.

  • Lainee

    October 18, 2017 at 6:13 am

    Update: Soaked beads in water-ethanol solution for about 2 hrs. Still hard but it will brittle once rub…. but still hard. Maybe I should soak them longer.

  • chickenskin

    October 18, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    @Lainee what is the name of the beads?  can you contact the distributor for technical info?  The beads might be hardening due to the alcohol, are they hard in a regular hand soap?

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