An ultrasonic cleaner is a cleaning device that helps to clean delicate and hard to clean items using an ultrasonic cleaning solution or fluid.
Ultrasonic cleaning is not only meant for industrial-use but also for cleaning the items (like jewelry, watches, glasses, etc) at home as well.
Most of the times cleaning with these devices can be done with only tap water and it does not require any cleaning solvent or solution.
But for cleaning the items that are heavily soiled or dirty, an ultrasonic cleaner solution needs to be used to get good results.
Why DIY Solution?
The cleaning solution for ultrasonic cleaners sold in the market is often costly.
Especially if you need to clean the items regularly using your cleaner machine, it can be an expensive deal to get them again and again.
The most convenient thing to do is – customizing it as per your requirement!
Believe me, making your own homemade ultrasonic cleaning solution can be really fun.
You can make these ultrasonic cleaning solutions at home and this would turn out to be a cost-effective solution for you in the long run.
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Preparation of Homemade Solvent
Below we discuss a few methods, steps and tips which will help you to make the solution/ solvent at home without being heavy on your pocket.
First of all, if you are trying out varied homemade brews then it is good to note down all the ingredients and composition you may need to get. This will avoid you from doing all the research over and over again.
Worry not! Most of these will be easily available to you at your home.
– Things You Need
- Two glass of water
- A teaspoon of plain household ammonia
- Two tablespoons of mild detergent like dish-washing soap
While choosing the detergent, make sure that the detergent does not contain sodium lauryl sulfate.
If you want to clean your diamond jewelry, care that detergents that contain bleach should not be used as it can dull or yellow the diamonds.
- Add two glass of water into an ultrasonic cleaner
- Add ammonia and the mild detergent to the water
- Turn on the device and let the unit work for 10 minutes
This will blend the ingredients perfectly and also dissipate the smell of ammonia to some extent.
You can now use this cleaning solution in your cleaner machine to clean the objects. Using this on your stuff will loosen up the smudges and dirt accumulated within.
Alternate Recipe You Can Try Out
In addition to the above-mentioned method, there are various other ways and recipes to make a homemade DIY ultrasonic cleaning solution at home – one of which involves usage of vinegar (in place of ammonia).
- In hot distilled water add a bit of dish-washing liquid (like Dawn dish soap or any other bathroom cleaning liquid) and some white vinegar.
- Stir it lightly (to avoid frothing) and then pour it in your ultrasonic cleaner to clean your items.
The best thing about using these DIY homemade ultrasonic cleaning solutions or liquids is it can be used for a number of items including jewelry made up silver, materials made up of stainless steel, brass, aluminum, and others.
Also, you can use it for cleaning your gun parts (like brass cases or cartridges), carburetors, contact lenses, etc. at home.
All it offers you is an amazing, sparkling cleaning job that is done within a very affordable range.
Tips for Using and Storing The Solution Safely
When it comes to buying and using solutions for your sonic cleaner machine, care that you only use water-based solutions.
These will make sure that you get the optimal performance each time you clean the items. Few other tips to maximize the efficiency of your ultrasonic cleaner liquid are:
✅ Always operate the machine (with solution) at the correct cleaning time/cycle that is needed to clean your specific items.
✅ Make sure that you maintain the optimal temperature and heat level that is required for cleaning the items in the cleaner solution.
✅ The oxygen trapped or dissolved in the solution can affect the cleaning process negatively.
Hence to achieve optimal cavitation care that the unit is degassed after you fill it with fresh cleaner fluid.
✅ Care that you use a wooden spoon to stir the solution before using it in the machine.
Also, avoid whipping as it can become a sudsy mess. Just blend the detergent solution gently with the water to make it diluted.
Can You Put Plastic in a DIY Solution?
Although a DIY ultrasonic cleaning solution is safe for plastic it is recommended not to place them directly into the contact of the metal surface of the machine.
Softer materials like these can absorb ultrasonic energy and can damage.
You should instead use a provided basket (made of plastic or stainless steel) to keep these items in the solution so that it remains suspended while undergoing the cleaning process.
Knowing all this, it’s time to find out how you can easily store the solvent.
Storing the Solvent Safely
Just in case you have some leftover at home prepared ultrasonic cleaner solvent, it’s a good idea to get it stored for future use.
All you need to do is mix the solvent well and place it in an airtight plastic container. If you want to make it fresh for storage you can follow these steps:
- Mix 2 cups of distilled water and one cup of mild detergent in a plastic container.
- Store this solution and use a bit of it at times when you require to clean your items.
Store this do-it-yourself mixture and use a bit of it at times when you require to clean your items.
Make sure that when you are storing the homemade ultrasonic solution you may need to use it within 1-2 months. Keeping it for long can change its chemical structure and viscosity making it ineffective for usage.
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