There are a lot of challenges that come with mixing liquids. Whatever the challenge, there is always a way to get around it. In this article, we provide 5 tips on how you can overcome your liquid-mixing problems.
- What’s in your bucket?
Mixing different liquids of different colors presents its own unique difficulties. One solution is to use a larger receptacle so more of the base color of the solution can be seen and thus used as a guide for determining how much of each liquid has been added. Using a large enough receptacle also allows you to have multiple people adding ingredients at once.
- Do you have the tools for the job?
The right equipment can make or break your mixing process. Using stirring or pouring spoons with flat bases is one of the most effective ways to avoid creating air bubbles that will alter the final consistency of your product. If you’re using a mixer (such as an electric drill) at low speed, try not to whip too quickly at first – this will help avoid excessive foaming and aeration.
- Don’t stir up trouble
For many liquids, especially those containing oils, mixing with aluminum is a big no-no. Aluminum causes the oils to oxidize, which alters the color. For many liquids, it’s best to avoid stirring with spoons or other utensils that are made of aluminum.
- Keep your liquids far away from UV light
Ultraviolet (UV) rays can alter the color of certain types of liquids over time – especially those containing dyes or pigments with a low resistance to fading under sunlight exposure. For this reason, if you’re creating any products that contain these ingredients, consider removing them from a location where they can be exposed to direct sunlight for an extended period of time (such as a windowsill).
- When in doubt, take a step back and re-evaluate what you’ve done so far
This tip is somewhat similar to “Don’t stir up trouble,” but it could perhaps be considered a more extreme version. It’s well-known that every oil reacts differently when mixed with other liquids. For this reason, it may be best to stop your mixing process if you’re not quite sure what type of reaction you’re about to create. If you find yourself in this situation, carefully pour out the product you’ve already created and start fresh by adding in only one new ingredient at a time until you get the consistency right.
While these tips are absolutely invaluable for helping make any liquid mixing processes go along much more smoothly, it’s important not to lose sight of the fact that experimentation can often come in handy as well! If you’re having difficulty finding success with mixing certain liquids, maybe just tweaking the process slightly until it works is the best way forward.