in the shop...yesterday I ran out of cleaning solution for my
ultrasonic cleaner.....does anyone have a good formula for this...
Hi Rick; A lot of people use Simple Green, a bio-friendly cleaning
solution. I got the best results with Spic and Span liquid cleaner,
about one cup to a gallon. Tri-sodium phosphate, which most hardware
stores carry in their paint department (used for cleaning walls
before painting), works well, but isn’t very good to put in the water
system. I believe it’s safe to put the spent solution on the rose
bushes. We’re not talking so much here that it will get down in the
water table before the local fauna utilizes it. Ammonia isn’t a good
choice anyway. Besides the smell, it will affect sterling and it’s
pretty toxic in a closed environment. Dish detergent will work.
When I started in a trade shop decades ago, we used to keep a small
stainless steel sauce pan of water with a couple tablespoons of the
old powdered Spic and Span on a low simmer. It would take caked on
crud off of mountings very quickly, faster than the ultrasonic. (You
trade jewelers . . .ever go home and find you are still smelling
burning perfume the rest of the day?).
David L. Huffman