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  • improving a brush Cleaner

    Posted by Anonymous on June 3, 2015 at 1:50 am

    Hi there,

    I am currently working
    on improving my brush cleaner. I want it to clean, disinfect and condition
    natural and synthetic brush bristles.

    The formula I am using

    79.5% water

    20% pure castile soap

    .5% Xanthan gum 

    Makes about 5 cups

    A tea is made with the
    water (chamomile, and Sapindus.) 

    After the tea is cooled
    I add the soap.

    For scent I use essential
    oils, 1 tablespoon per cup, mixed with the Xanthan gum.

    My concern is that I am
    diluting the soap with too much water and losing the disinfectant strength.

    I do know from reading
    another post that the oils do leave residue, which defeats the purpose of
    stripping the bristles clean. I plan on reducing the essential oils and adding fragrance
    oils. I am being hopeful it will still condition the brushes.

    What do suggest boosting
    the disinfectant strength back or is this even necessary?

    PH is 8.8 

    Bobzchemist replied 9 years ago 1 Member · 1 Reply
  • 1 Reply
  • Bobzchemist

    June 3, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Soap has NO disinfectant strength at all in a dilute form. You will need to add an actual disinfectant, or use the soap at full strength. Even then, actual disinfection will be minimal.

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