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Braun Pulsonic Shaver - Make Your Own Cleaning Solution !

You can make your own cleaning solution for your Braun shaver instead of buying new cartridges. The cleaning solution cartridge should list the ingredients on the label (for safety reasons). I have a Braun Pulsonic 790cc and have been making my own solution for a year. The cleaning cartridge content is shown as "170 ml", and lists the ingredients as: "Alcohol Denat." and "Fragrance." In other words,"denatured alcohol" and "fragrance". Denatured alcohol is the main ingredient and is simply natural alcohol, like rubbing alcohol, to which a toxic substance has been added to make it undrinkable (hence the term "denatured"). A 500 ml bottle of rubbing alcohol sells for about $3.50, which is almost enough for 3 cartridges of 170 ml... That's a fraction of the cost of a new cartridge and more eco-friendly too, since you are recycling the plastic cartridge !

Simply buy some rubbing alcohol at a drugstore and pour it into your cartridge until it is approximately 3/4 of the way full. Do not overfill or your quantity indicator light might show as "Empty". Rubbing alcohol is a clear liquid and is used to disinfect scrapes and cuts, so it has that distinct "doctor's office" smell. If you wish to replicate the original Braun solution, you can buy a vial of "lemon essential oil" which is what is used for the "fragrance". Lemon essential oil is an aromatherapy and naturopathy product that is used mainly for its scent. I got mine from a bulk food store, but you can also find it on the internet or in specialized boutiques. You can also buy "citronelle" essential oil but I don't know if it has the same scent as lemon essential oil. I also bought a small bottle of blue food coloring so that the finished solution is exactly the same as what is sold by Braun. The total cost of the alcohol, the food coloring and the lemon essential oil will be close to the cost of a single replacement cleaning cartridge, and you will have enough fragrance and coloring to make about two dozen more cartridges by simply buying more alcohol. For example: 500 ml Rubbing Alcohol (approx. $3.50), 15 ml Lemon Essential Oil (approx. $6.00) and 28 ml Blue Food Coloring (approx. $2.50). Total cost: approx. $12.

Here are the ingredients and quantities used:

• 500 ml bottle of Rubbing Alcohol
• 40 drops of Lemon Essential Oil (Optional)
• 6 drops of Blue Food Coloring (Optional)

Tip: I also made a bottle of orange scented cleaning solution using "sweet orange"essential oil and orange food coloring :) Alternatively, you can also use some of your favorite cologne as a fragrance and add any color of food coloring you wish, for example, green or red. I find the coloring makes it easier to see the level of the liquid in the cartridge.

Also, before refilling the cartridge the 2nd time it was empty, I thoroughly cleaned the inside. When the shaver is being cleaned, the solution in the cartridge will accumulate oils, grime and whiskers removed from the shaver, and you can see the debris at the bottom of the cartridge where it gets trapped by a sheet of very fine filter. The filter is made of nylon, so it is permanent, therefore, there's no reason that your cartridge cannot last as long, or even longer than your shaver !

Note: It's a good idea to keep the original cap of the cleaning cartridge for the purpose of cleaning, or if you want to travel with your cleaning station. Also,before using your new cartridge, I suggest making a permanent mark on its side to indicate the level when the cartridge is full. Use a sharp pointed object like a needle or knife point because even "permanent"marker will get washed away by alcohol.

To clean the cartridge, first partially fill with water, shake well and drain. Repeat the water rinsing operation 2 or 3 more times. You will notice that the inside of the cartridge will have an oily film and some debris still inside. To clean that oily residue and capture the debris, put 3 or 4 drops of liquid dish soap into the cartridge and fill halfway with water. Put on the cap and shake thoroughly for awhile, changing the position of the cartridge a few times to make sure the soap solution gets forced into all areas of the cartridge. Rinse out the cartridge with clean water and repeat the soap cleaning. I repeated the cleaning with soap solution 3 times before the cartridge was fully clean and I could no longer see any debris on the bottom of the cartridge.

Once the cartridge is cleaned to your satisfaction, rinse and shake with clean water 2 or 3 times to make sure there is no more soap in the cartridge, then shake out the contents thoroughly and allow to air dry overnight. Obviously if you have one or more empty cleaning cartridges, you can make yourself some spares to keep handy.

Lastly, refill with your home made cleaning solution to the "Full" mark you inscribed (or about 3/4 of full cartridge capacity) and you should be good for another 4 months :)

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