Frequently Asked Questions
What can you clean with an ultrasonic cleaner?
Take a look at some of the items in your immediate field of vision, there is a good possibility that at least something close to you could be put into an ultrasonic cleaner. They're used for cleaning and all kinds of everyday objects that people depend on. Here are some of the items:
- Pens - Pens can go into a cleaner, though you would want to ensure that the ink container doesn't make it inside with it. Pens with the metal containers are fine to clean with them when they're empty, but not the plastic straw-like cartridges.
- Dental equipment - Yes many dental items are easily cleaned with an ultrasonic. Even household dental and hygiene items can be placed inside. They include braces, fillings, scrapers, dentures, and other surgical tools used for cleaning teeth.
- Fishing equipment - While much fishing equipment won't fit inside, your reels, hooks, and some non-plastic baits might be compatible.
- Weapons - Weapons parts will look great after being cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaner. Springs, clips, sights, magazine springs, you name it-it'll all go inside and come out bright and shiny over the lack of gunpowder that's leftover from the last range outing or hunt. Only small parts will fit inside the product reviewed, so anything larger than a pistol is questionable.
This list of items isn't exhaustive of all pieces you can add to your cleaner. As a rule of thumb, any sort of metal that's exposed to the open and doesn't need to be heavily greased for it to work could potentially go inside of one.
Do ultrasonic cleaners really work?
Yes, and they're proven to work by the number of professional people that rely on them to clean out their tools. These products have been purchased commercially for many years, especially by jewelers, dentists, scientists, computer hardware technicians, and weapons enthusiasts.
Metal is something that must be properly cared for, and ultrasonic cleaners are one primary way to keep them clean and free of pollutants, grease, and dirt.
Even some musicians and instrument makers use ultrasonic cleaners for wiping away dirt from the components of large instrument pieces.
And since there are computerized instruments like the modulators and synthesizers, some of these parts could be cleaned with an ultrasonic, just as long as it fits inside.
Sometimes, doctors may use them for tools that are safe for sterilization, where the tool is first cleaned and disinfected.
This is how many surgical tools are reused after they've been handled on a patient, though the pieces could be sent to another facility and given back once recleaned.
What should you not put in an ultrasonic cleaner?
This is extremely important. Ultrasonic cleaners aren't safe for all items. These are sensitive machines that should be handled with care.
If the tool is improperly used by the owner, adding something that shouldn't be placed inside, puts the machine at risk of breaking and anyone nearby at risk of getting injured. These are not everyday cleaning utensils.
Most of the products being sold will straightforwardly say what can and cannot be placed inside of a cleaner. But in the chance that this isn't the case, you should remember to avoid adding these substances and objects into one. It's never a good idea to experiment with an ultrasonic.
Please avoid placing the following into any ultrasonic converter:
- Fuels and gases of any kind - This means any kind of petroleum or other highly flammable substance such as alcohol, butane, and fuel from a gas station. Doing this could lead to unpredictable combustion of the cleaner and cause a fire. At worse, the fumes that an ultrasonic cleaner would create from them could lead to poisoning or asphyxiation
- Bleach and other chlorine products - Bleach is a great disinfectant but doesn't belong in an ultrasonic. It could cause toxic fumes to emit from the machine and render it useless, where the inside is unstable and doesn't heat up properly.
- Object at the bottom of the unit - Anything that you place into an ultrasonic should be in some form of a tray. Failure to do this could cause what's known as cavitation, or small pockets of gas collapse onto a metal base. This can lead to erosion of the cleaner's body and increase the chances of leaks.
What is ultrasonic cleaning good for?
Ultrasonic cleaning is useful for workers of any kind that interact or utilize metal parts to do a task. Most people use them for simple things, such as cleaning pins or their hand-me-down jewelry.
But in other cases, they serve as vital tools that make it possible for scientists to carry out experiments, for physicists to have tools ready for studying theories, and even by auto mechanics to change out parts to an automobile being worked on.
Most metal pieces are compatible with them, even some that have been painted over. But to get a bigger glimpse into what you can do with an ultrasonic cleaner, try searching for footage of them being put to use for practical reasons.
They're great for cleaning some pocket knives, and will quickly take residue off old metal parts of larger objects being restored.
Will an ultrasonic cleaner remove rust?
Yes, rust can be removed with an ultrasonic cleaning tool. But before you place it inside of one, you'll want to be sure that whatever you're cleaning isn't rusted to the point where it can't be used at all.
Some cleaners are better at rust removal than others, though almost any of them will do a good job of getting rust off. Consider using a plastic pouch so that the entirety of the cleaning isn't covered by the rust.
It may take more than one heating for rust to come off. But to clean objects only covered in light amounts of rust, such as scissors, nails, screws, or other small blades, they should be okay on the first attempt. Just make sure that you set the temperature up high enough.
Can you put your hand in an ultrasonic cleaner?
No, you shouldn't put your hand in an ultrasonic cleaner. When used improperly, many ultrasonic cleaners can become conductors of electricity.
If the hand is placed in an ultrasonic cleaner that's faulty, or plugged in incorrectly, the chances of electric shock increases.
However, simply touching the water in the cleaner when it's on poses no direct threat.
It's not a good idea to do it and playing with the converter in this manner could make the process of cleaning metals less effective. Plus, the water inside could be extremely hot to touch and scald the fingers.
Does ultrasonic cleaning damage metal?
The only way that an ultrasonic converter will damage the metal that's supposed to be cleaned by it is through faulty manufacturing or careless handling by the purchaser.
Included with every ultrasonic cleaning product will be a set of instructions, some of them placed directly on the machine for better awareness. These are all to ensure that customers know what they're doing before using the product.
It's normal for things to go wrong on the first attempt, such as a short or trip from the temperature rising too quickly.
One common mistake made by customers is their forgetting to add a tray to the cleaner, or not placing one inside. The tray that's used by a brand can be changed for something else, though it shouldn't be painted or contain any substances that'll flake off.
Can you use vinegar in an ultrasonic cleaner?
Yes, vinegar is safe for use inside of a cleaner. But make sure that what you're cleaning is compatible with it.
Vinegar is most often added when attempting to remove rust from metal. You'll have to clean out the tub well after you're done using it.
You could try vinegar on other objects as well, like brass cleaning. Again, remember to clean out the tub well once this is done.
Can I use baking soda in an ultrasonic cleaner?
Baking soda is sometimes used as a DIY solution for people cleaning parts with an ultrasonic machine.
Feel free to try it for yourself but always do so in moderation, especially on the first attempt.
Do ultrasonic cleaners damage diamonds?
Avoid placing real diamonds inside of them. In some cases, diamonds are cleaned with them.
A jeweler could determine this with better accuracy but it's best to leave the diamonds out of the cleaner unless you know what you're doing.
Ultrasonic cleaners are the best way to keep many metals in a healthy and clean state.
They can restore gold and silver rings, make your grade tools look new again, and get the rust out of metal fittings for your home appliances.
They're the perfect way to make all the oily and dirty tools in your toolbox clean again and are easy to configure.
Of the five ultrasonic cleaners reviewed, each is recommended for all of these practices, and those listed in the FAQ.
After you see what they can do, you'll wonder how you managed to go without one for so long.