What Can Be Cleaned in an Ultrasonic Cleaner?

Ultrasonic cleaning is the process of using high-frequency sound waves to remove contaminants from surfaces. It is a safe and effective way to thoroughly clean a variety of items. Ultrasonic cleaners are used to clean complex and small parts that would be difficult to clean with other methods.

There are many items that can be cleaned with ultrasonic cleaners, including:

  • Jewellery
  • Dentures
  • Eyeglasses
  • Coin collections
  • Watch bands
  • Shaver heads
  • Shaving brushes
  • Makeup brushes
  • Tattoo equipment
  • Dental instruments

Ultrasonic cleaners are also effective for cleaning industrial parts, such as:

  • Engine parts
  • Machine parts
  • Manufacturing tools
  • Circuit boards

Goldsmith's Hand Cleaning A Ring Using An Ultrasonic Cleaner.


Ultrasonic cleaners come in a variety of sizes and can be used to clean a large range of items, depending on the size cleaner you have. The different types of ultrasonic cleaner include:

Tabletop cleaners: These are small, compact bench top cleaners that are great for cleaning smaller items such as jewellery and watch bands.

Industrial cleaners: These are larger cleaners that are typically used to clean bigger items such as dental instruments and tattoo equipment.

Portable cleaners: These ultrasonic cleaners are small enough to be portable, making them great for travelling.

Ultrasonic baths:  These are larger cleaners that are typically used to clean multiple items at once.

Multi stage cleaners: These cleaners have more than one tank and can be used to clean items in multiple stages. The first stage is typically used for a pre-wash, the second stage is for the main cleaning, and the third stage is for a final rinse. Multi stage cleaners are typically used to clean delicate items such as eyeglasses.

Automated cleaners:  Automated ultrasonic cleaners have a timer and will automatically shut off when the cycle is complete.

Submersible ultrasonic cleaners:  Submersible cleaners can be used to clean items that need to be submerged in water.

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The most common industries to use an ultrasonic cleaner:

Healthcare: Ultrasonic cleaners are used to clean a variety of medical instruments and equipment.

Dental: Ultrasonic cleaners are used to clean complex dental instruments and teeth.

Veterinary: Ultrasonic cleaners are used to clean expertly veterinary instruments and animal cages.

Manufacturing: Ultrasonic cleaners are used to clean industrial equipment.

Automotive: Ultrasonic cleaners are used to clean large and small automotive parts.


The Process

The process of ultrasonic cleaning is simple. You will need to fill your ultrasonic cleaner with water and then add a cleaning solution. The cleaning solution helps to break down any contaminants that are on the surfaces of the items you are cleaning. Once the ultrasonic cleaner is filled, you will need to place the items you wish to clean inside and then turn on the machine.

The ultrasonic cleaner will create high-frequency sound waves that will remove any dirt, dust, or grime from the surfaces of the items. The duration of the cleaning cycle will depend on the type of ultrasonic cleaner you have and the manufacturer’s instructions.

After the cycle is complete, you will need to remove the items from the ultrasonic cleaner and rinse them off with clean water. You may also need to dry the items before using them.

Ultrasonic cleaners can safely clean all types of jewellery, including delicate pieces. They are especially effective at removing dirt, grime, and oils that can build up on jewellery over time. As well as being an effective cleaner of large and intricate items that cannot be cleaned using traditional methods.


Ultrasonic bath for cleaning objects and jewellery


What cannot be cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaner?

You should not put anything in an ultrasonic cleaner that is not recommended by the manufacturer. Some items may be damaged by the high-frequency sound waves. In general, you should not clean items that are made of:

  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Stone
  • Plastic

If you are unsure if an item can be cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaner, you should consult the manufacturer’s instructions or contact a professional.