Make Your Own Braun Refills

First off, here are 3 important points:
• Use the cleaning machine once a week… maybe twice if you have lot of facial hair or if you live in very humid environment.
• After each cleaning, pull out the cleaning solution cartridge and reseal it after each cleaning. This prevents evaporation and greatly extends the life of the solution.
• When your solution gets low (machine will tell you), don’t buy expensive, wasteful refills. Make yours efficiently and for cheap at home! Here’s how:

1) Take the fluid cartridge out of the machine. Don’t throw it away. In the cartridge, there will be some fluid or sludge of hair particles in the filter on the bottom.
2) Pour in rubbing alcohol (Isopropyl) to loosen the particles. Cover the two holes with your thumbs, shake vigorously and then pour the solution out into a sink or toilet. Try to pour the solution out of the non-filtered hole to allow the particle to escape.
3) Repeat with some fresh alcohol if there are still has too many particles still in it ~ it does not have to be perfect.
4) Let the container drain as much as possible or reasonable ~ again, it does not have to be perfect.
5) Make your own fluid (cleaning solution). Here’s the formula and how:
170 ml (max)

(I) First put in 1 teaspoon of glycerin if you have it (5 ml). If you don’t have it, skip this step.
(II) Put in 4 teaspoons of water, preferably distilled (20 ml). This is a must.
(III) Fill the rest with rubbing or isopropyl alcohol (140 ml). Be sure to not overfill. Do not top it off. If you remember the original cartridge they are about 80% full. You should be around 70-75% full. If you overfill, the overflow fluid can corrode the cleaning machine and/or your shaver (blades)

6) Put the cartridge back into the base unit.

Done. Save money and resources from excess plastic and shipping costs!

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17 Responses to Make Your Own Braun Refills

  1. Tom Martin says:

    I don’t understand why you are thinning the alchol with distilled water. All the rest of the receips I have seen use straight alchol. Do you still have to use the water if you don’t use the glycern?

  2. Efficient Life Madmin says:

    Man, I did all that research and testing (trial & error) 3 years ago. For whatever reason I think the water was necessary to make the solution thinner or less viscous in order to all allow it to move around the tiny spaces in the machine.

    Since then, I’ve actually stopped using the cleaning machine and fluid completely. I’ve been cleaning my electric razor with the brushes. I do the dry clean with the brush along with some shaking immediately after every use. This has worked just fine for the last 2 years. It may help that I live in Arizona and the extremely dry environment helps with avoiding moisture sticking to the electric razor and causing any corrosive issues.

  3. Bill S says:

    I’ve been doing the Make Your Own Braun Refills for the past 3 years. And, let me tell you, it works and saves money! By my estimate I’ve saved somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 a year. May not seem like much when taken in that context. But, let me tell you, I’d rather keep that money in my pocket for something else instead of paying for something I don’t need.

  4. Nathan says:

    I have found simply putting the plug back in the top of the cleaning cartridge after every use is the best way to get maximum life out of the genuine Braun cleaning refills. What used to last about 2 months is already at about 6 months and still counting. If you live in tropical/humid climates you will find the cleaning solution just evaporates away without any use.

    Also I have read people asking the following on other websites:

    Does the genuine Braun cleaning solution make the paint on the back of the shaver bubble/peel? – YES. I have only ever used genuine Braun clean solution and mine is peeling.

    Has anyone had the thin metal on the foils disintegrate using the Braun cleaning solution? – YES. Same again, only ever used Braun’s stuff and I have had this happen once out of 2 foils.

  5. ray tartakoff says:

    my low cleaning solution light keeps the razor from cleaning despite the cartridge being filled. why is this?
    ray t

  6. Brian L says:

    Yes, mine has peeled.

  7. Greg says:

    Very simple! I used 70% isopropyl alcohol and added one tablespoon of regular tap water. Works like a charm!

  8. Craig says:

    Yes, you do need a little water added. the electrodes require something to sense and the light oil that makes up the remaining 30% of the solution must not be conductive enough.

    Tip: try putting a little of your favorite aftershave in. It definitely leaves some on the shave that ends up “Subtly” on your face. Makes the room smell nice too.

  9. Paul says:

    Hi,
    I followed your receipe by the letter.
    Now the low light eliminates and the machine stops immediately
    Would you know the reason
    It seems that I am not the only one with the problem

  10. Efficient Life Connoisseur says:

    Paul, which recipe is that?

  11. Paul says:

    The low fluid level light stops the machine. O used your receipe to the letter. Wonder why.

  12. Paul says:

    The receipe I followed is from http://www.efficient-life.com/author/admin/
    On the top of the page.
    Since I changed the fluid, the machine indicates that the fluid is low and stops.

    The formula is as follow.
    (I) First put in 1 teaspoon of glycerin if you have it (5 ml). If you don’t have it, skip this step.
    (II) Put in 4 teaspoons of water, preferably distilled (20 ml). This is a must.
    (III) Fill the rest with rubbing or isopropyl alcohol (140 ml). Be sure to not overfill. Do not top it off. If you remember the original cartridge they are about 80% full. You should be around 70-75% full. If you overfill, the overflow fluid can corrode the cleaning machine and/or your shaver (blades)

  13. Efficient Life Connoisseur says:

    Maybe tinker with the proportions or add water to increase the fluid level. Last resort… I use the dry brush to thoroughly clean after each use, then use an actual refill (forgive me) about once every three months. I recap the refill after each clean in order to keep the alcohol from evaporating. It lasts 1-2 years.

  14. Paul says:

    Thank you. Sorry for the delay in answering.
    I lost the site.
    I cleaned the cavity where the shaver rest, and everything is back to normal.
    I added some water and everything works like a charm. Thankyou
    I now recap the refill after I used the cleaner.
    Tanks again. Great job.
    Paul

  15. Nick - UK says:

    Hi all, just re-filled mine. Used Isopropanol (pure ), added some Glycerin and topped up with PURE water. It didn’t work and just reset itself to cartridge empty.

    Anyways, I added some tap-water, about 30mL, tried it again and it works, it is busy doing its cleaning cycle as I type, with a full cartridge.

    So, the water must add a conductive effect, and its also cheaper than iso-prop.

    regards

    Nick

  16. Bob Foss says:

    I would add that one major Braun ingredient not mentioned here is d-Limonene—a lemon-based solvent which cuts grease and provides a fragrance. It is an ingredient in the Braun cartridges, less than 5% of the formula. It is available to buy online for around $5, or the price of one cartridge, but as a 4 oz. bottle, should last for dozens of cartridges.

  17. Efficient Life Connoisseur says:

    Thank you Bob. Great little bit to know!

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