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Old Mar 15th 2017, 01:54 AM   #1
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Help with Degreaser

Hi Guys,

I am making my own heavy duty degreasers to remove carbon deposit on an engine's cylinder. I have used the following ingredients:

Surfactant (most likely anionic)
Butyl Cellosolve
Sodium Hydroxide (to increase PH)

I poured water first in a bucket then mixed in the surfactant and mix vigorously. Foams would came out and, when i added the Butyl Cellosolve, foams would slowly disappear. I continued mixed the chemical and lastly i added the sodium hydroxide to increase the PH to 14. Everything seems to be mixed well. However, after I left it for 2 hours, i see a separation of the chemical. It seems the surfactants are resting on the bottom while all the other mixture sit on top.

Can you guys help me with this separation and advise me what chemical is there available (off the shelf) I can use to avoid this separation?

Thank you, your help is much appreciated.


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