Frequently Asked Questions
How do I mix XLube?
Most importantly: always add XLube powder to water (not the other way round).
If you mix it in a bottle or a sports bottle just follow our animation video above or the step-by-step guide on the bottle and the leaflet attached.
Should you prefer to mix it in a bowl, fill it with warm water and use a fork or something similar and slowly stir the powder in. Stir the mixture again a couple of times until it has dissolved. You can use the gel after 20-30mins, however, it’s fully developed its properties after an hour.
Don’t use a blender or mechanical mixer as it turns the gel back to water.
Is tap water ok?
Yes, but… the quality of tap water varies greatly from country to country and is often chlorinated. We therefore recommend you boil it before use, which not only disinfects the water properly, but also gets rid of any free chloride. Also if you let the water cool to about 40-50 degrees X Lube powder will dissolve even faster. Alternatively use bottled water, this way you can be sure it’s free of chloride. Why is this important? Frankly X Lube doesn’t like chloride. It turns it back to water. Which is great if you need to get rid of any residues from your bowl or bottle etc. Just add a small amount of household bleach, let it do its work and in minutes you can rinse it clean.
What if it hasn’t dissolved properly?
In the unlikely event that this is happening, just shake or stir the gel a couple of times more. In our experience, that solves the issue beautifully given a bit of extra time. What causes it is simply that the powder is lighter than water and floats to the top before being thoroughly absorbed. If you mix X Lube in a bottle, it is also a good idea to lay the bottle horizontally between shaking.
How do I store X Lube Gel?
Out of sunlight, in an air-tight container (bottle, Tupperware etc.) and ideally a cool place like a fridge.
What is a sports bottle?
Sports Bottles come in all shapes and sizes. They are available from any fitness, bicycle or department store. 600ml bottles are a good choice, because they leave enough room to shake’n mix the X Lube powder evenly and quickly.
We recommend soft edged bottles with a silicon valve to cut of any unintended leakage from the bottle. Our favourite is the Nike sport bottle for its asymmetric design and its 100% leakproof valve. This is very practical in play when only one hand is available or simply to prevent unwanted spills on bed sheets or during transport.
Filling and cleaning such bottles is made easy by their large neck openings. These allow for rapid adding of X Lube powder to their the water content – leaving no mess.
What is a Leakproof Valve?
A leakproof valve is a piece of silicone membrane placed in the lid to prevent any liquid from running out by accident. Typically you find such valves on sport drinks bottles (like Lucozade Sport), on shower gels or even ketchup bottles.
These valves help to cut off the flow cleanly after dispensing and keeping X Lube in the bottle, should it topple over.
The image below shows the silicone membrane to look out for.
Why not use a blender?
Using a blender is the harshest way to mix X Lube. A blender with its high speed blades chops your valuable long chained X Lube Gel into small pieces turning it into water – the opposite of what you want to achieve.
If you insist on using a blender, make sure that you use its pulse function only once or twice at the very beginning of the mixing process. We generally recommend mixing X Lube in a bottle or bowl as shown in our videos – you end up with a better lube and you have less to clean up.