Ultrasonic Cleaner - What solution to use ?

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  1. woodglass

    woodglass Guest

    We got an ultrasonic cleaner at Christmas.

    It cleans not bad just with water.

    However, the manual says to use ultrasonic cleaner concentrate.

    Does anyone know what the concentrate comprises of, and is it possible to
    use a cheaper alternative, rather than having to buy the specialist fluid ?.

    woodglass...
    woodglass, Jan 5, 2008
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  2. woodglass

    Andy Dee Guest

    Dave Baker wrote:
    > "woodglass" <> wrote in message
    > news:_IKfj.105833$...
    >
    >> We got an ultrasonic cleaner at Christmas.
    >>
    >> It cleans not bad just with water.
    >>
    >> However, the manual says to use ultrasonic cleaner concentrate.
    >>
    >> Does anyone know what the concentrate comprises of, and is it possible to
    >> use a cheaper alternative, rather than having to buy the specialist fluid
    >> ?.
    >>
    >> woodglass...
    >>

    >
    > Water with a drop or two of washing up liquid to lower the surface tension
    > is what mine suggests in its instructions. I'm sure that will do the job
    > well enough for most people.
    >

    Dishwasher powder ?

    A
    Andy Dee, Jan 5, 2008
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  3. Dave Baker wrote:
    > "woodglass" <> wrote in message
    > news:_IKfj.105833$...
    >> We got an ultrasonic cleaner at Christmas.
    >>
    >> It cleans not bad just with water.
    >>
    >> However, the manual says to use ultrasonic cleaner concentrate.
    >>
    >> Does anyone know what the concentrate comprises of, and is it
    >> possible to use a cheaper alternative, rather than having to buy the
    >> specialist fluid ?.
    >>
    >> woodglass...

    >
    > Water with a drop or two of washing up liquid to lower the surface
    > tension is what mine suggests in its instructions. I'm sure that will
    > do the job well enough for most people.


    Our 'James' branded one from Maplin suggests (a) warm water, (b) warm water
    & two drops of washing up liquid and (c) for 'enhanced cleaning' two drops
    of hand soap.

    Only ever used it with warm water.


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    Dave - The Medway Handyman
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    The Medway Handyman, Jan 5, 2008
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  4. "woodglass" <> wrote in
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    > We got an ultrasonic cleaner at Christmas.
    >
    > It cleans not bad just with water.
    >
    > However, the manual says to use ultrasonic cleaner concentrate.
    >
    > Does anyone know what the concentrate comprises of, and is it
    > possible to use a cheaper alternative, rather than having to buy
    > the specialist fluid ?.


    The place to buy this stuff is one of the watch / clock / jewelery
    material supply houses.

    What do you want to clean? If it's jewelry and other small but
    'clean' items, then an ammonia + detergent cleaner works well. Have a
    look here for the L&R products:
    <http://www.cousinsuk.com/catalog/7/1125/1353.aspx>

    If it's 'dirty' items like oily things or tarnished brass parts, have
    a look here:
    <http://www.cousinsuk.com/catalog/7/1125/1350.aspx>

    Or you could try isopropanol (IPA, propanan-2-ol or whatever it's
    called this week) which is fairly cheap in quantity.

    Perhaps best of all, see here:
    <http://www.walkerelectronics.co.uk/>
    Walkers supply both commercial size (well, clock repairer size)
    ultrasonic baths as well as cleaning fluids, and often have bargains.
    Anyone interested in buying a decent sized ultrasonic bath as opposed
    to a toy should give them a call - they often have 'shop soiled'
    items at bargain prices.

    There are plenty of other suppliers to the clock / jewelry trade. Try
    Meadows & Passmore, or Walsh. For a full list, see here:
    <http://www.bhi.co.uk/hints/supplier.htm>

    Hope this helps

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    Richard Perkin, Jan 5, 2008
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  5. woodglass

    robert Guest

    Richard Perkin wrote:
    > "woodglass" <> wrote in
    > news:_IKfj.105833$:
    >
    >> We got an ultrasonic cleaner at Christmas.
    >>
    >> It cleans not bad just with water.
    >>
    >> However, the manual says to use ultrasonic cleaner concentrate.
    >>
    >> Does anyone know what the concentrate comprises of, and is it
    >> possible to use a cheaper alternative, rather than having to buy
    >> the specialist fluid ?.

    >
    >

    For small items you can always put the cleaner in a small open container
    within the US bath rather than fill the whole US bath up.
    robert, Jan 5, 2008
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  6. woodglass

    geoff Guest

    In message <>, Dave
    <> writes
    >Andy Dee wrote:
    >> Dave Baker wrote:
    >>
    >>> "woodglass" <> wrote in message
    >>>news:_IKfj.105833$...
    >>>
    >>>> We got an ultrasonic cleaner at Christmas.
    >>>>
    >>>> It cleans not bad just with water.
    >>>>
    >>>> However, the manual says to use ultrasonic cleaner concentrate.
    >>>>
    >>>> Does anyone know what the concentrate comprises of, and is it
    >>>>possible to use a cheaper alternative, rather than having to buy the
    >>>>specialist fluid ?.
    >>>>
    >>>> woodglass...
    >>>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> Water with a drop or two of washing up liquid to lower the surface
    >>>tension is what mine suggests in its instructions. I'm sure that will
    >>>the job well enough for most people.
    >>>

    >> Dishwasher powder ?

    >
    >It might be too aggressive for some applications.
    >
    >About 18 months ago, my wife was on a Scouting trip, when she did just
    >that and landed in a stream with her digital camera under her, She
    >dried out OK but the camera, when dried out at home, was still polluted
    >by the stream water.
    >After taking advice on getting it professionally fixed, it was decided
    >that it would be cheaper to buy a new one.
    >I, on the other hand being something of repair it yourself type decided
    >to switch the camera on and take out the batteries. Then I put it all
    >ways up in my ultrasonic bath and put it somewhere warm to dry off for
    >the week. It works fine now, but I hate to think what dishwasher powder
    >would have done to it.
    >

    My wife left her mobile in her jeans which she put in the washing
    machine

    the legs of some of the ICs had already corroded away when the cycle had
    finished

    --
    geoff
    geoff, Jan 6, 2008
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