Oozing Goo - The Lava Lamp Syndicate

My vintage lamp crashed to the floor in the middle of the night and the cap broke spilling all the liquid. The wax was cold, so I still have all of it. I ordered a new cap, thanks to the person who has them being 3D printed, and am ready to re-fill, but am stumped. What remains in my lamp smells vaguely of kerosene. Can I use the suggested distilled water/epsom salt mix? Should I try to wash the wax in some way or just re-fill?

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NEVER use Epson salts, 

That is reserved for high school experiments

It will ruin your wax, corrode your coil, and loose it effect quite quickly
if it was a viable option the factory would have used it


The master fluid is a combination of propylene glycol. distilled water and Surfactant>
Try starting out with 65%DW, 33% PG, and 2% SURF
There are a small % of other components but this will work

When reaching an operating temp of 120F, if the lava is sunk and domed but not flowing, add PG

If it's floating too much, let it cool a bit, remove some fluid and replace it with PG


Let it heat up fully between each additive/modification so you get accurate results

Surfactant = dish soap? Or is there another recommended option?

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you can use a clear handsoap in a pinch if it doesn't contain a ton of additional chemicals
Natalie said:

Surfactant = dish soap? Or is there another recommended option?

What what salt do you use And what surf or that other stuff is best

Claude J said:

NEVER use Epson salts, 

That is reserved for high school experiments

It will ruin your wax, corrode your coil, and loose it effect quite quickly
if it was a viable option the factory would have used it


The master fluid is a combination of propylene glycol. distilled water and Surfactant>
Try starting out with 65%DW, 33% PG, and 2% SURF
There are a small % of other components but this will work

When reaching an operating temp of 120F, if the lava is sunk and domed but not flowing, add PG

If it's floating too much, let it cool a bit, remove some fluid and replace it with PG


Let it heat up fully between each additive/modification so you get accurate results

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