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Topic: Cleaning Lip balm tubes  (Read 3274 times)
ruth
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« on: November 18, 2008, 11:31:09 PM »

Has anyone good any good tips for cleaning lip balm tubes ? I am playing around with different formulations and want to recycle the formulations I don't think are right. I intend to buy new ones when I settle on a recipe so it's just for playing at the moment.
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corrie
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« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2008, 11:37:45 PM »

No idea! But can send you more tubes if you want, now way I'm gonna play for a while and they're free to me. Think I have another 15 or so but could get more.
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sharon
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« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2008, 11:49:56 PM »

Are they the push up style or squeezy lip balm/gloss ones? If they are the push up ones what about a good soak in lots of hot soapy water for a bit then rinse well?

Corrie how do you get them free or do I not wanna know Wink  angel :mwaha:
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ruth
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« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2008, 11:55:26 PM »

They are the push up ones. The problem is that you need really hot water to dissolve all the balm and the tubes can warp.
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Sal
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« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2008, 11:58:26 PM »

Ruth, just wind them up as high as you can and scrape out as much of the old balm as you can from the mechanism.  Then wash and dry thoroughly and wind the mechanism back down. 
This will be fine for a test batch...but obviously not for sale! :mwaha:
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corrie
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« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2008, 12:02:33 AM »

If I told you Sha Sha, I'd have to shoot you  :mwaha:
It's a secret source  Cool
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ruth
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« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2008, 12:03:59 AM »

Thanks Sal I think that is what I will do. I was hoping there might be an alcohol or something that could just dissolve it cleanly.
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Sal
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« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2008, 12:07:27 AM »

If you're using bees wax that'll be hardest thing to shift! (I'm doubtful if you'll melt it off, before you damage the tube),

Since it's only for a test, it'll be fine.  Grin 

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« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2014, 10:11:10 AM »

Good old fashioned Soda Crystals will do the trick! ( its what us Beekeepers use to clear up honey, propolis etc)
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« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2014, 12:06:46 PM »

Good old fashioned Soda Crystals will do the trick! ( its what us Beekeepers use to clear up honey, propolis etc)
Great suggestion.
How do one go about then (I'm a Swede  Grin   )?
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« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2014, 03:26:12 PM »

get yourself a bag of Soda Crystals - in the UK, its sold in bags in the Laundry detergent aisle - make up a solution with warm water, take a cotton bud and give it a swirl around!
Soda Crystals can really make your skin itch, so might be worth wearing gloves.  Also, make sure its well rinsed Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: September 02, 2014, 09:45:54 PM »

Thank you.  :buttrf:
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« Reply #12 on: September 02, 2014, 10:54:01 PM »

Soda Crystals also known as Washing Soda and are Sodium Carbonate.
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« Reply #13 on: September 03, 2014, 09:25:31 AM »

Soda Crystals also known as Washing Soda and are Sodium Carbonate.
Just the info I needed Elaine, thanks.
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