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Beyond the Lab: Ultrasonic Cleaners for Hobbyists

Over the past several years, ultrasonic cleaning machines have become a staple of laboratories, machine shops and factories. In many medical offices, ultrasonic cleaners have taken the place of manual cleaning tasks for cleaning delicate surgical equipment. Ultrasonic cleaners are also much safer for lab workers, as they prevent the possibility of inadvertent cuts or bloodborne contamination that may occur when the workers clean the instruments manually.

The high-frequency sound waves, combined with special cleaning solutions, remove the dirt and grime from many surfaces without damaging the core material. The efficiency and delicacy of these machines has allowed their popularity to spread beyond research and industrial applications. Many hobbyists and academics are also using ultrasonic cleaners to clean up valuable items in their own collections. Here are some other uses for ultrasonic cleaners.

Applications Ultrasonic cleaning can be used for


Both amateur archaeologists and university professors have employed ultrasonic cleaners to remove much of the dirt and age from tools, pottery shards and other relics from lost civilizations. The ultrasonic cleaning process often works much faster than conventional methods, while preventing damage to the ancient pieces. After the pieces undergo the cleaning process, they are ready for display in museums and private collections, with many of them looking almost as good as when they were first made.

Coin Collecting

For collectors of rare and valuable coins, a smudge of dirt or a slight scuffmark can mean the difference of thousands of dollars for their most valuable pieces. For those who do not have access to professional cleaning services, ultrasonic cleaners can serve as an effective option. Some conventional methods may affect the color and texture of the coin, thus hurting its value to potential buyers. The ultrasonic cleaner combines the thoroughness of a machine wash with the delicacy of the softest brushes. The mechanism provides a way to enhance the shine of a coin without any harsh scrubbing action.

Rock Collecting

Rock hounds have also taken to using ultrasonic cleaners to remove the dirt and contaminants from crystals, geodes and other mineral finds. However, in rare instances, the vibrations from the cleaning machine will exacerbate any flaws in the mineral. The high frequencies could worsen any cracks or fissures in the mineral, causing an opening to widen or split the stone into several pieces.


Watches, rings, necklaces and other jewelry that stays in contact with human skin will often develop deposits of dirt, sweat and dead skin cells that can dull the shine from valuable pieces. The ultrasonic cleaner can wash away these deposits, including those that lay deep in crevices and engravings. Just as these instruments are used to sterilize medical equipment, many tattoo and body piercing shops also clean their piercing needles and body jewelry with ultrasonic cleaners to prevent infection.


The current state of the economy has forced consumers to become more cost-conscious. Instead of buying a new personal computer, some people are taking a “do-it-yourself” approach. These frugal shoppers will buy their own cases, disk drives, motherboards and other computer parts and assemble their “dream machine”. Some of these hobbyists use ultrasonic cleaning machines to clean dust and dirt from refurbished computer parts.

From ancient artifacts to the latest motherboards, ultrasonic cleaners from iUltrasonic have found a wide range of applications. As the technology improves and prices continue to fall, ultrasonic cleaning machines will become available to a wider market than science labs and machine shops.


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