I was inspired by a video by Jeri Ellsworth that showed her using homemade flux remover. This is super simple a combo of alcohol and acetone. In this video, I use a 50/50 combo of the two. So that’s 32 oz. of flux remover for $3. I Googled flux remover and it ranges from $10 to $25 for 12 oz. So that a savings of at least about $70. I have been using this on about every board I can find and it has worked great on all of them. I heart saving money. 🙂
WOW, really good idea, thanks!
(OFF: why don’t you use youtube?)
Hey Geri, thanks. I do have a Youtube channel, it’s here: 🙂
Oh, and thank Jeri Ellsworth, it was her idea. 😉
I use a clear $1 walmart ketchup squeeze bottle.
I use little spray bottles from the beauty supply store. Spray w/alcohol, scrub with toothbrush, dry with compressed air, spray/scrub with windex (to remove last bits of alcohol residue) then compressed air again.
Why do you need the acetone? For years I have used straight denatured alcohol and it worked fine. Does the acetone just make it more agressive? Also, does this mixture leave no residue?
Another helpful hint, instead of a cotton swab, use an old toothbrush with the solvent for cleaning flux off boards. It makes cleaning around the component pins and cleaning larger areas very quick and easy.
I’m not sure what the acetone does really, this is my first attempt. I got the recipe from Jeri Ellsworth, and it works great! I have used a toothbrush, but sometimes it spreads around more than it removes. But I still use one once in a while.