Glycerine can be a valuable addition to various DIY cleaning products due to its solubility, stabilising properties, and moisturising effects. We recommend it to as a thickener duo with Xanthan Gum and it can be used in DIY cleaning and beauty products.
DIY CLEANING PRODUCTS
1. Helps thicken water-based cleaning products or make a gel
Glycerine and xanthan gum marry together perfectly as thickeners, turning the powder xanthan gum into a gel-like substance so mixes evenly in the water clump free (just like a roux when making a sauce)
It also adds to the texture and viscosity of gel-based cleaning products, such as toilet bowl cleaners or tub and tile cleaners. It enhances the clinginess of the cleaner to vertical surfaces, allowing for better contact time.
- Generally, to thicken 500ml of a water-based product mix ¼ teaspoon xanthan gum with 1 tablespoon vegetable glycerine before adding to your solution.
- Always start off with a small amount first, then you can always add more until you get the desired consistency. If you went too far, just add more water to thin it.
2. Window and Glass Cleaners
Can help reduce streaking and promote a clearer shine and aid in the even distribution of the cleaning solution.
3. Furniture Polish
It can help condition and protect wood surfaces while also providing a gentle shine.
4. Stainless Steel Cleaner
Remove smudges, fingerprints, and water spots, leaving your stainless steel surfaces looking polished.
5. Fragrance Enhancers
Acts as a carrier for essential oils or natural fragrances in DIY cleaning products. It helps disperse the fragrance evenly and prevents the essential oils from evaporating too quickly.
DIY BEAUTY PRODUCTS
1. Moisturisers and Lotions
A staple in moisturisers and lotions due to its ability to attract and retain moisture and helps keep the skin hydrated, soft, and supple.
2. Face Serums
Can help lock in moisture, providing a plump and dewy appearance to the skin.
3. Hair Conditioners
Add it to homemade hair conditioners to provide deep hydration and improve the manageability of the hair. It's particularly useful for taming frizz and enhancing shine.
4. Body Wash and Shower Gels
Including glycerine in DIY body wash and shower gels can prevent the skin from feeling dry and tight after cleansing. It adds a layer of moisture to maintain skin's natural balance.
5. Face Mask
Glycerine is a great addition to DIY face masks, especially if the mask contains clay or exfoliating agents that could potentially be drying. It helps counter balance the drying effects and keeps the skin hydrated.
6. Hand Creams
Glycerine-infused hand creams are perfect for providing relief to dry and rough hands as it helps maintain moisture levels, keeping hands soft and smooth.
7. Lip Balms
Often found in DIY lip balm recipes due to its ability to create a protective barrier on the lips, preventing them from becoming chapped and maintaining their softness.
8. Hydrating Mists
It can help refresh and hydrate the skin throughout the day, even over makeup.
9. Perfume and Body Sprays
Glycerine can be used as a carrier for fragrances in DIY perfumes or body sprays, helping the scent last longer on the skin.
HOW MUCH TO USE
In some cases, you may just use the glycerine directly, like removing smudges of stainless steel. Simply adding a small amount to a cloth and wiping away.
When you are using glycerine in water-based products, use around 1% to 2%. For example, to make 500ml dish liquid use 5ml (1%) glycerine which is roughly 1 tablespoon.
When using glycerine in your DIY beauty products, start with smaller amounts and adjust as needed, keeping in mind that glycerine can impact the texture and feel of your formulations. Always perform patch tests to ensure compatibility with your skin before applying products more extensively.