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    Found how to make my own cleaning solution to refill Braun Clean & Renew cartridges

    I have one of those Braun self cleaning shavers but the cartridges are like $30 for 3 months worth and it's just a plastic casing with cleaning solution.

    For a while I had just been topping them off with alcohol when it said empty and refilled them about 4 times each like that until the liquid was too dirty.

    Today I was out of new cartridges and to save even more decided to try and make my own cleaning solution from scratch. I mixed the ingredients and emptied the dirty cartridge and then refilled it with my mix. As soon as it started pumping my solution it stopped and the cartridge status went from 'full' to 'empty', so I figured they must add some ingredient the machine detects to see if it's genuine Braun solution. I quickly figured out what this secret ingredient was likely to be so I added a tiny bit to my solution and activated the cleaning function again and sure enough this time it accepted my recipe and worked!

    I'm gonna try selling my solution on ebay 'cause it saves a huge amount of money compared to the cartridges, it costs me about $1 to make $30 worth of cleaning solution if I bought it in original cartridges.
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    Cliff:
    -Own Braun self cleaning shaver
    -Was sick of paying high price for cartridges of simple cleaning solution
    -Tried to make my own solution to refill my empty cartridge
    -Shaver refused to use my solution, figured original solution must have a secret ingredient to identify it as Braun original solution
    -Figured what secret ingredient was, added to my solution and shaver accepted the new solution
    -Thinking of selling my solution on ebay so others can save cash
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    was the secret ingredient love?
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    Originally Posted by @dam View Post
    was the secret ingredient love?
    Nope
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    Was it the alien dna from district 9?
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    cliffs almost as long as the story itself.
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    Alcohol or oil?
    I like my food clean, and my women dirty.
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    Originally Posted by patnelo View Post
    Was it the alien dna from district 9?
    Damn I knew someone would figure it out.
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    Originally Posted by zOneFive View Post
    cliffs almost as long as the story itself.
    Sorry but I can't really make it much shorter.
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    lol @ "secret" solution
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    Originally Posted by SanDantos View Post
    Alcohol or oil?
    Nope, alcohol was my base ingredient I used in my solution, I had also added essential oil so it leaves a fresh scent on the shaver after cleaning (the original Braun solution leaves a lemon scent on the shaver) so that wasn't it either.
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    Originally Posted by ch2s View Post
    Nope, alcohol was my base ingredient I used in my solution, I had also added essential oil so it leaves a fresh scent on the shaver after cleaning (the original Braun solution leaves a lemon scent on the shaver) so that wasn't it either.
    how about lemon juice...............................
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    Originally Posted by ch2s View Post
    Nope, alcohol was my base ingredient I used in my solution, I had also added essential oil so it leaves a fresh scent on the shaver after cleaning (the original Braun solution leaves a lemon scent on the shaver) so that wasn't it either.
    Sorry bro.

    I use two ingredients in the solution: rubbing alcohol and finger nail polish remover (non-drying lemon scented). The volume of the solution is a little less than 6 ounces, but I make a mark on the side using a Sharpie when the container is new, and just fill to that level each time. Just add a couple ounces alcohol through the small hole (I got a small funnel at a hobby store), add a tablespoon (15 mL) of polish remover, slosh to mix, then add alcohol to the mark being sure the container is on a level surface. You can try to mix or let the shaver mix it when it recirculates. The polish remover is good at removing the oils left on the cutter/foil, and the non-drying formula leaves a trace of oily ingredient that seems to help lube the shaver as well. Use at your own risk.
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    Originally Posted by ch2s View Post
    I have one of those Braun self cleaning shavers but the cartridges are like $30 for 3 months worth and it's just a plastic casing with cleaning solution.

    For a while I had just been topping them off with alcohol when it said empty and refilled them about 4 times each like that until the liquid was too dirty.

    Today I was out of new cartridges and to save even more decided to try and make my own cleaning solution from scratch. I mixed the ingredients and emptied the dirty cartridge and then refilled it with my mix. As soon as it started pumping my solution it stopped and the cartridge status went from 'full' to 'empty', so I figured they must add some ingredient the machine detects to see if it's genuine Braun solution. I quickly figured out what this secret ingredient was likely to be so I added a tiny bit to my solution and activated the cleaning function again and sure enough this time it accepted my recipe and worked!

    I'm gonna try selling my solution on ebay 'cause it saves a huge amount of money compared to the cartridges, it costs me about $1 to make $30 worth of cleaning solution if I bought it in original cartridges.


    what was the point of you sharing that if you aren't going to tell us how we can make it ourselves?
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    Originally Posted by patnelo View Post
    Sorry bro.

    I use two ingredients in the solution: rubbing alcohol and finger nail polish remover (non-drying lemon scented). The volume of the solution is a little less than 6 ounces, but I make a mark on the side using a Sharpie when the container is new, and just fill to that level each time. Just add a couple ounces alcohol through the small hole (I got a small funnel at a hobby store), add a tablespoon (15 mL) of polish remover, slosh to mix, then add alcohol to the mark being sure the container is on a level surface. You can try to mix or let the shaver mix it when it recirculates. The polish remover is good at removing the oils left on the cutter/foil, and the non-drying formula leaves a trace of oily ingredient that seems to help lube the shaver as well. Use at your own risk.
    Are you emptying the remaining Braun solution before you refill? If so then that's what I used to do and there's enough of the secret ingredient left for the shaver to recognize it. If you are emptying the cartridge and rinsing it fully before refilling then I assume the polish remove has the secret ingredient in it. It's a fairly common ingredient.
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    Originally Posted by ch2s View Post
    Are you emptying the remaining Braun solution before you refill? If so then that's what I used to do and there's enough of the secret ingredient left for the shaver to recognize it. If you are emptying the cartridge and rinsing it fully before refilling then I assume the polish remove has the secret ingredient in it. It's a fairly common ingredient.
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    Braun cleaning solution

    Originally Posted by ch2s View Post
    I have one of those Braun self cleaning shavers but the cartridges are like $30 for 3 months worth and it's just a plastic casing with cleaning solution.

    For a while I had just been topping them off with alcohol when it said empty and refilled them about 4 times each like that until the liquid was too dirty.

    Today I was out of new cartridges and to save even more decided to try and make my own cleaning solution from scratch. I mixed the ingredients and emptied the dirty cartridge and then refilled it with my mix. As soon as it started pumping my solution it stopped and the cartridge status went from 'full' to 'empty', so I figured they must add some ingredient the machine detects to see if it's genuine Braun solution. I quickly figured out what this secret ingredient was likely to be so I added a tiny bit to my solution and activated the cleaning function again and sure enough this time it accepted my recipe and worked!

    I'm gonna try selling my solution on ebay 'cause it saves a huge amount of money compared to the cartridges, it costs me about $1 to make $30 worth of cleaning solution if I bought it in original cartridges.
    FYI: I found that my Braun cleaning stand registered 'Full' just using denatured alcohol from Home Depot.
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    Originally Posted by herbzman View Post
    FYI: I found that my Braun cleaning stand registered 'Full' just using denatured alcohol from Home Depot.
    I wouldn't use denatured from HD, which is methyl alcohol. That's poisonous. You'd be much better off using isopropyl alcohol from the drugstore. Go for the 90% or even 99% pure stuff rather than the 70% stuff. Isopropyl is what's used in "rubbing alcohol" and antiseptic swabs. It's safe for external body contact.

    Just got a series 3 for christmas and I was looking around the web at pricing for the C&R cartridges. I was also looking to see if anyone had suggestions on how to mix their own. As for the unit being able to detect the "secret ingredient", I think it's unlikely that the unit has a mass spectrometer built into it. :-) If it is checking for the right kind of solution, it's most likely just measuring the resistivity of the solution. Something that you could figure out using an ohmmeter on the original solution and then just mixing things until you get the same resistance per inch of solution in your custom brew. The other possibility is the light that it shines into the solution, maybe it's looking with a photocell to see if it gets the color it expects. Shouldn't be *too* hard to figure out.

    FYI: I was dismayed by the price of the refills at first, but I kept looking and was able to find some cheap sourses. You can currently(as of 12-30-2012) get a 3-pack of refills at Walmart for $12.77. Which is a heck of a lot better than $30 for 3 months.
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    The product safety sheet from P&G (Braun's parent) lists Alcohol Denat., Fragrance, Citral and Limonene as ingredients. Limonene also has lubricating properties. Priced Right Brands sells inexpensive generic refills. The link is easy enough to figure out. I'd post it, but my post count isn't high enough.
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    I found a way to force the clean

    I tried my own solution as well and when I pushed the start button it would not start cleaning.
    But It worked when I held the start button down.



    Originally Posted by ch2s View Post
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    -Shaver refused to use my solution, figured original solution must have a secret ingredient to identify it as Braun original solution
    -Figured what secret ingredient was, added to my solution and shaver accepted the new solution
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    The original solution

    The original solution is denatured alcohol which is very different from rubbing alcohol. I use denatured alcohol and add a few drops of machine oil. I suppose it would be better to add a flavored oil but the plain oil works just fine.
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