By : XO2® Pty Ltd, David Blamire February 20th, 2017

How To Quickly Calculate Cleaning Chemical Dilution Rates And Ratios

Working out the dilution rate for cleaning chemical concentrates can be difficult at times. Especially if you’re new to diluting chemical concentrates. OK, so the label says 32:1 but how much do you put in the bottle, bucket or tank? It’s important to get right so let’s talk about a quick and easy way to calculate quickly how much you need for any dilution rate.

Cleaning chemical concentrates will save you lots of money provided you know how to safely and accurately mix them with water. The dilution rate is usually indicated as a ratio of chemical to water eg. 1:32. In this example it means the ideal dilution ratio of the product is 1 part chemical to 32 parts water… but how do you work out exactly how much you need in your sized bottle, bucket or tank?

Step 1. How much ready to use solution do you need?

Are you filling a bottle or a bucket or a tank? Do you need 750ml? 6 litres? 50 litres?

Let’s take an example of a bucket. It’s an 11 litre bucket but you only want to fill it to just over half way, let’s call it 6 litres. That’s the ready to use solution you need.

Step 2. What is the recommended dilution rate?

Select the dilution rate that is appropriate for your task. You can look on the label or for more details check out the product’s training information guide for more details.

Let’s continue with the example of the bucket that holds 6 litres of ready to use solution. Now, if the chemical dilution rate you have selected is 1:32 (this may sometimes be written as 32:1) how much water first needs to be added to the bucket and then how much chemical concentrate will you need?

Step 3. Let’s calculate exactly how much water and chemical you will need.

Here is where the rubber meets the road and a little bit of simple maths is required. Let’s continue with the example of the 11 litre bucket which hold 6 litres, here goes…

1. 6 litres or 6000ml - Total amount of RTU (Ready to Use) solution required

2. 1:32 or 32:1 - Recommended dilution rate (That’s 33 parts… 1 part of chemical and 32 parts of water. It’s important that you always add the 2 dilution ratio numbers together for the calculation below)

3. Ready for some magical cleaning chemical dilution maths?

Divide the total amount of solution required (1. 6L or 6000ml) by the total number of dilution ratio parts (2. 33) and that will equal how much cleaning chemical you need in your bucket. The maths looks like this....

6L or 6000ml / (divided by) 33 parts = (equals) 0.182L or 182ml

The answer: So you will need 182ml of cleaning chemical concentrate in a bucket that you want 6L of solution in.

So that’s 5.818L / 5818ml of water and 182ml of cleaning chemical. Easy isn’t it? It will take some practice, most mobile phones these days have a calculator that will make your calculation even easier.

We won’t go over safety again here completely but remember to add water first to your bottle, bucket or tank and then the cleaning chemical concentrate to avoid any splashes of concentrate. Also, wear gloves, goggles and other personal protection equipment when required.

And if you’re filling the same bucket, bottle, machine etc and you always use the same dilution with the same amount of solution why not put some marks on using a permanent marker so you know how far the fill with water and how much further you should fill with your cleaning chemical concentrate.

If all the above sounds too hard don’t worry. Here’s 3 even easier workarounds…

1. Buy XO2 cleaning chemical concentrates. Our labels and training information guides do this calculation for you. XO2 not only lists dilution rates but also how many mls of concentrate you need per litre of ready to use solution.

2. Use a Kiss Mix style chemical dispenser that has a preset dilution tip that does the work for you.

3. Check out free cleaning chemical dilution rate cheat sheet for an even easier way to work out how much cleaning chemical concentrate you need to add. You are welcome to print it out and use it in your business. Best to laminate it first because it might get splashed from time to time.

I hope this information has helped. Feel free to call our customer care team on 1300 123 499, if you require any help or advice on cleaning chemical concentrate dilution. If you’re interested in learning more about XO2’s range of professional and eco-friendly cleaning concentrates you can visit the XO2 chemistry and cleaning chemicals online store page.

Have a great day everyone!