Ultrasound Cleaning

For maintenance purposes, I would like to construct an ultrasound cleaning tank. Preferably an encapsulated ultrasound transducer and generator that could be used in an old solvent cleaning tank which now should not be used. From reading a little about the subject, its application would find a wide use as a clean and environmentally friendly solution in many industrial and domestic applications. Is it feasable and cost effective to build a generator and an encapsulated transducer, and are there any websites to go to to find out more?

Topic by brianeggar 11 years ago


Cleaning Feathers?

Hi - appologies if this question has already been covered already. I have been given lots of naturally molted bird feathers ( swan, macaw and crow ), which I am hoping to make into feathered jewelery. Does any one know how to clean feathers.....in which any dirt can be cleaned out, made hygenic to sell to general public without ruining the feathers and taking out all the good natural oils in them? Thanks for any ideas.?

Question by cha7 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


how to clean silver?

I have very large silver compotes, what would be the easiest way to clean them?

Question by simcha357 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How to clean PCB?

There is a bunch of gunk on my R/C car's PCB, how do I clean it off without damaging the circuits?

Question by Zem 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Cleaning an oil painting

I bought a painting at a thrift store. It appears to be palette-applied oil paint. There are no brush strokes that I can see. It looks like it was painted on plywood. It's pretty dirty. And it looks kind of old. There's no frame.

Question by joni53 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Trumpet cleaning question Answered

Alright, I own a cornet (which is basically a shorter version of a trumpet), and I wanted to know if it is safe to clean it with water or handsoap. I am not trying to make my instrument all nice and shiny, but I just want to clean all oil off of the valves and slides, so would it be safe to just use water and handsoap? Thanks in advanced

Question by stale56 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


cleaning vinyl records

What is the simplest way of cleaning vinyl ? also how to clean the covers without creating further damage?

Question by sroy6571 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Clean bike shocks? Answered

Im wondering if/how I can take these apart and clean them. If I can't what would be the best way to clean them?

Question by ben2000 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


how to clean helmet?

Question by alevenki 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


cleaning soda bottles?

What is the best way to clean plastic bottles so they can be repurposed? (Hanging planters, bottle-bottom flowers, etc) Thanx! Y'all are AMAZING.

Question by fought piranhas 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Nintendo DS Cleaning

What is the best way to clean the screens on a Nintendo DS? I just want to be careful not to damage anything, so let me know if my worries are really necessary. Thanks, SC-Ghost

Topic by SC-Ghost 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


ZnSe lens cleaning

At work we have a ZING laser knockoff and SOMEbody "accidentally" walked off aaaand it caught on fire. Almost everything has been tried to clean it, even putting it in acetone in the ultrasonic cleaner, and the lens is still crap. Short of buying a £75 replacement lens what inexpensive methods could be used to return it to a near-original state?

Topic by The Ideanator 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How to "clean" a laptop? Answered

My kids used my laptop, and after that some crumbs most be stuck under the keys because a couple of them are really hard to press. How can I clean it? The canned air doesn't work and I am thinking on dissassemble it and clean it inside. Any suggestions?

Question by alexc922 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


water tank cleaning

I have a 14000 rainwater tank, and like to find a way go clean the debris from the bottom potentially recycling the disturbed water - so there is minium loss i have a ready supply of compressed air near by.,.,. can any one devise perhaps a venturi device that is easy to build, runs on compressed air and effectively vaccuums the muck from the bottom while recycling the caputred water....

Topic by agatornz 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


cleaning popcorn ceiling?

I have dust clinging to my popcorn ceiling near the heat ducts and would like a fairly easy way to remove them...thank you jpp

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


ultrasonic cleaning machine

What is the output voltage of 100 watts with 40khz frequency and 220 input voltage generator of home made ulta cleaner for having greatest efficiency?

Topic by mehran1376 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Clean a computer mouse

I recently mad an instructable and entered it into the contest. i am pretty sure it met the requirements of the contest. check it out and comment either on here or on the instructable itself if you think there is any reason for it not being accepted yet. https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Clean-a-Computer-Mouse/ it might be still pendin but im not sure

Topic by EPL 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Green cleaning products

Found a few easy recipes for making green cleaning products... Anyone have more suggestions? "Americans spend millions of dollars a year on cleaning supplies. This spring, make your own cleaning agents with these recipes from EarthShare and EarthWays, two nonprofit environmental organizations. The recipes are friendly to the environment and to your bank account." Air fresheners: Simmer a small amount of cinnamon, orange peel, and cloves on the stove to give off a pleasant fragrance in your home. Glass cleaner: Mix 2 tablespoons of borax or washing soda with three cups of water for sparkling windows and mirrors. Carpet freshener: Sprinkle dry cornstarch or baking soda on your carpet and vacuum. Furniture polish: Combine 1/2 cup lemon juice to 1 cup vegetable oil, olive oil, or mayonnaise. Apply to rag. Source: ManageMyHome

Topic by DinaC 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


how to clean a CD?

I have several CDs that we play often, and they are beginning to hesitate, and/skip.  the only cloth I have now is glasses cleaner.  I wipped one several times, one way, and that helped.  Would wipping it more help? Would it be best to get a special cleaninng cloth, and liquid cleaner?

Question by killaree 9 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


clean and reuse washwater

I want to clean and reuse my washing machine water to wash clothes.  The system must be #1 cheap to build(off the shelf parts), #2 cheap to use(wasting power to save water is stupid). I am thinking, an easily accessed fine mesh lint trap. A second stage to remove chemicals (sand?charcoal?) and a third to kill any buggies (UV light?). I will also need to address which products are best to use for this system. And of course a valve too return to the "normal" system for some occaisions. Thanks for any input . nursenary     

Topic by nursenary 7 years ago


Cleaning a canvas hat.? Answered

Hi Folks. I have a favorite hat made by Panama Jack I wear a good deal in the summer however I have noticed it has become more than a little grubby. I contacted the manufacturers & I have to say I was surprised that they were not very much help, I guess in the litigious world we seem to live in they are worried that if i damage my property because I followed their suggestions I may demand a replacement or sue them for damages. Anyway does anyone have any suggestions? The hat is stiffened canvas so obviously I don't want to do anything that would cause it to soften & loose its shape unless I can re-stiffen or starch it to regain the shape. I promise I won't sue if your suggestion causes any damage :-)

Question by Nostalgic Guy 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Tips for cleaning a coated monitor?

I have a very large and very nice silicon graphics monitor, but the screen marks very easily. It's coated in something purple that I assume is some sort of anti-reflective coating. Basicly the problems are that pretty much anything that touches will mark it and the marks are occasionally difficult to remove. Cleaning it also leaves smear marks that can only really be removed by rubbing the screen quite hard with a cloth and crap just seem to collect around the edges. I've tried water/soap/petrol/alcohol and pretty much anything else i can get my hands on but nothing seems to work. Any tips?

Topic by pyper 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


how can clean a sega genesis?

I have found a sega genesis at a yard sell for $12. I don't have the stuff right now. It is vary old so I opened it. It is very dusty, so should I clean it with the same things like the why to clean the NES or anything else thing clean it with? - ninjacat64

Topic by NinjaCat64 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Any ideas on the best way to clean a file? Answered

I've been using one of my files a lot lately and the surface is covered in debris that won't easily shake loose. Any ideas on the best way to clean it?

Question by RadBear 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


how do you clean dirty hard wood floors? Answered

My hardwood floors are dirty at high traffic areas. I prefer not to sand them because of the mess sanding makes. I have heard that they could be cleaned by using a liquid refinisher. Is this true and what is the best brand/

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Does anyone know how to clean hard water stains and calcium from stucco?

I've saturated it in white vinegar as well as CLR with no success. Thanks.

Question by cfidura 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


um i dont know if this is for queastions or not.. but how can i make cleaning funner? (im eleven).? Answered

Idk the question says it all lol

Question by joigene27 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How do I clean my Aluminum Oxide bit for my Dremel? It has a coating of metal on the side.?

I was probably using my dremel wrong, but my 932 bit has a coating of metal on it after I used it to enlarge a hole. (I ground using the side of the bit). How do I remove this coating of metal?

Question by alfonzo1955 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


how do you keep you aquarium clear from colloidal particles?

Question by garfustarsius 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


How to clean microfiber couch?

My couch and ottoman are both a light brown microfiber/faux suede fabric. I need to know an effective method of how to spot clean this fabric without damaging it.

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How to clean a ghillie suit? Answered

I recently made a ghillie suit out of burlap fabric. I took each individual strand out and then dyed them with various colors of rit dye. They are hand tied onto netting on my BDU clothing. How do i gently clean paint out of a ghillie suit from paintball?

Question by trf 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


cleaning off an old mouse

I have recently acquired an old IBM mouse. I was planing to turning it into one of those mouse bots, but after looking inside I couldn't bring my self to do it. So now I want to clean it up. The former owner had put on black scotch tape racing stripes. So now there are 3 dirty yellowish streaks of adhesive any ideas as to how to make it look like new ? thanks in advance

Topic by clasic_traveller_diehard 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Cleaning a 55 Gallon Drum?

Hey, I'm looking to build a rain barrel, and found out that my local car wash is willing to give me a 55 gallon drum. The thing is, I don't know what kind of soap they use (I would have asked, but the guy was impossible to understand) or how to clean it out. If anybody has experience in this, that'd be great!

Topic by Weissensteinburg 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How to clean venetian blinds ?

What is the easiest way to clean the slats on venetian window blinds ?

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


DIY Rifle cleaning Rest?

Looking for a DIY rifle cleaning rest. Plans and or drawings. Thanks, Arley

Question by Sorcererar12 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Chemical Free Cleaning for a Student?

I am trying to eliminate chemicals in my house. Does anyone have a whole-house cleaning regimen that will do this? Right now I like to spray everything with bleach, let it sit, wipe it down.? I'm also trying to change a habit of letting everything collect until I clean it all a month later. I also have a kitty.

Question by katanabarnett 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Help with Cleaning a Straigh-Razor

I found a straight-razor at the flea market the other day, so obviously I bought it. Now I'm wondering how I would go about cleaning and sharpening it? Does anyone know good metal cleaning tips for such a delicate blade? I know that you sharpen the blade before you intend to shave on a strop, or a piece of leather, but anything else? On the blade, it has: George Wostenholm & Son's Celebrated I-XL Razor Sheffield, England

Topic by bumpus 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How to clean crocodile clips?

I was cleaning my room and found some old crocodile clips, they are all oxidized at the tip, they are like this because when i was like 11 i was into electrolisis, and i used the crocodile clips for that... How incredibly dumb of me :S so How do i clean them? what shall i use? thanks

Question by amando96 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Question about cleaning fish

Does anyone here just fillet them without descaling or gutting them?  I have descaled them first then fillet them but was wondering it is was wise to just try and fillet and not worry about descale or gutting them?

Question by Rainh2o 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How to clean a concrete hearth?

We're moving into a place with a non-functional fireplace and a stained hearth. I haven't touched it yet and have no idea what the stains are.  A guess for the circular ones is wine or some other dark drink.  Any ideas for a relatively non-toxic clean up? It turns out a lot of it is wax.

Question by mole1 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


homebrew ultrasonic cleaning solutions

I just picked up a branson 5210 2.5 gallon ultrasonic cleaner.i will be using it to clean aluminum motorcycle carbs that have been sitting and become encrudded.i have gotten a lot of suggestions as to what sort of home brew recipes work well, i was hoping people around here could tell me what they use or have heardi will be ordering some of the carb cleaning stuff from sharperteks website to compare it to different homebrew recipes. my goal is ease and lack of cost here. thankshttp://i9.ebayimg.com/01/i/001/43/54/91b8_35.JPG

Topic by 666mph 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Cleaning a Saitek Cyborg Keyboard? Answered

I spilled a root beer float in my Saitek cyborg keyboard, which resulted in sticky keys everywhere. I rinsed it under water once and now all the keys work fine, except the '2' and 'X' keys. How can I clean these two without risking damage to my keyboard?

Question by The Daft 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Cleaning windows with magnetic sponge

 I was looking for a solution to clean my roof windows and found this solution: www.supermagnete.de/eng/project136 But I don't know which magnets I should order. If they are to weak the sponge will fall of all the time, but I use this monster magnet like this guy the window might get damaged. Is there someone who got a collection of magnets already (and dirty windows) and want to give it a try? In my case the window is around 10mm thick + lets say 5-10mm sponge on each side + 3-4 mm thick piece of plywood to distribute the pressure.

Topic by HHL 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Cleaning an unknown metal object

My husband and I just moved into a new house on 5 acres. While cleaning some of the 'back' yard, I found a small metal coke/beer shaped-type bottle. It is obvious to me that it is a promotional or key chain fob or similar object. It looks like it screws together in the middle top to bottom. That is the crucks, it is frozen closed so the curiosity in me is trying to find how to unscrew the item. Any suggestions?

Question by ladynavyvet 12 days ago  |  last reply 11 days ago


How to clean dremel bits?? Answered

Can anyone help me clean my dremel bits? I recently bought a grinding set for my dremel to use on my Traxxas car. After using it on the plastic chassis most of my grinding and sanding bits are covered in plastic. The reason is because the plastic heats up when I use it and the plastic melts onto the grinding stone. I thought of maybe using a lighter to maybe melt the plastic off but it just burnt the plastic and a bit of the stone. It's not that the bits are expensive, I can afford $2 but the gas to go the hardware store is just too much for a couple of bits. I would just use my bike here and there, but it just becomes a hassle go over there every hour. Thanks

Question by halo99 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Stop sign clean up? Answered

What is the best solvent for removing spray paint from stop signs?  Would mineral spirits or acetone work? Would a quick coat of car wax help prevent future spray from sticking?

Question by mole1 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


electro cleaning before electroplating

Hi. I made the instructable of A_Steingrube"high quality and safe nickel plating" address:https://www.instructables.com/id/High-Quality-and-safe-Nickel-Plating/ and i want to be sure that i did the elctro-cleanning that is mention on step 4 correctly. I try to ask A_Steingrube through the comment place and the private message but i have not get any answer yet.so i try to ask here. I made the elctro cleaning while my object was connected to the positive voltage and the wire connected to the negative voltage.I did that ,because i understand that the object sould be dissolved abit and this should be happens on the anode(connected to the positive voltage) but in step 4 he mention to connect the object to the negative voltage in order to make the electrocleanning.SO,is there something that i miss here? Thanks in advance.

Topic by xchcui 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


cleaning peeling black pipe?

Hi everyone, I finally got myself some black pipe for my project at a place where they would cut it for me. (No more EMT.) I have noticed that little bits of the black paint have come off (eg, at the place where I removed the pricing stickers) and that it is greasy all over (most probably from the pipe cutter I used at the store). I don't especially care about the condition of the paint, but want to be able to handle the pipe on a daily basis without getting greasy hands (or accumulating tiny fragments of paint all around my room and then ending up inhaling or eating them over the long term!). I guess that using water and soap on this will make it rust; how would you clean this? Thanks in advance for any advice! James

Topic by james.kirin 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Cleaning the oil for a vacuum pump

Was too lazy to do an Instructable about it and think a lot of pics or even videos won't help much if you know what I mean ;) Some of us use rotary vane pumps not for the purpose of evacuating refrigeration systems but for all sorts of fun and experiments. This means quite soon or often we face the problem of the oil taking in a lot of water or even worse particles and solvent fumes. I don't know about you but I was getting sick and tired of replacing the expensive oil every few weeks or sometimes even days if something got too wrong. There are many different blends of compressor oil out there that will work very well in our rotary vane pumps. The main difference is whyt the oil is designed for. Some are perfect for aircon systems, others for the work with solvent fumes and there are even those special oils that bind moisture. Unless you really need to evacuted special gases or solvents basically any low viscosity oil will do us just fine! So instead of paying 20 bucks for special compressor or even vacuum pump oil we can select the cheap everyday oil. Well, not exactly... We also want to be able to recycle our oil to save even more money. That means we don't want an oil that binds to water to keep it out of harms way. We also don't want any oil that has special coating abilities for example these oils claiming to reduce wear and tear on your engine. But any other low viscosity mineral oil or if you prefer synthetic oil will do - just stay away from silicone based oils!! If you have not used your pump for a few days you can often see a slude at the bottom of the viewing glass. If the rest of the oil is clear you can simply drain this worst bit and top up with fresh oil if required. This simple procedure saves you a lot of oil already, at least if your pump has some rest every now and then. Once your oil looks wasted it is time for the recycling and cleaning: Release the oil into a high glass jar or these facy spaghetti glasses. Fill with fresh oil and give it a short run. Release this oil as well and wait for it to properly drain. You now have the inside of your pump nice and clean again, time to fill one last time with fresh oil to keep using the pump. The filthy oil we now have in our jar should be covered with some fine cloth or filter paper and placed somewhere warm. After a week or two the oil, filth and water will have seperated and you pump, drain or siphon out the now clean oil for further use. Don't be too exact here trying to get all the oil out, just remove what you can without risking to suck in the filth from the bottom. Simply leave the rest in the jar and add the next oil change to it for the same recycling process. Solvents.... In some cases we will work with solvents and that means the oil might bind to them. Acetone for example is quite nasty here and can change the oil itself by breaking down certain components. In most cases it means the viscosity will be reduced, which is not really too bad for us. What is bad however is the fact that these solvents often refuse to fully seperate or evaporate. Once the oil looks clean do a smell test and if it smells like solvent then for sure there is solvent in it. Next step to confirm is to do a lube test. Simply place on some smooth metal or glass and smear it with your finger - a drop is enough here. If it feels sticky on the surface, gives you a rubber like feeling when sliding over the surface or is far less "slippery" than the fresh oil you also have a problem. I found that filling this contaminated oil into a proper container and applying a strong vacuum will remove all solvent residue in a very short time. Downside is that the oil in the pump is contaminated again, so it pays off to collect solvent contaminated oil seperately and once you got enough for several refills use the pump to get rid of the solvent. When done do another smear and smell test, if still smelly repeat if no longer smelly but still the same bad feeling on the surface: Discard as the oil might be broken down by the solvent.

Topic by Downunder35m 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 months ago


How to clean stinking kitchen tubes?

Get chemicals from supermarket, pour it into the basin, pour hot water, clean everything with acid, or? I'm looking a green way to clean the basin, the tubes are open but there is a smell coming up from the tubes. edit:as an answer to bleach I'll recite from grist.org:"The corrosive ingredients in these products can severely irritate eyes, skin, and the respiratory tract, and can be fatal if swallowed. Chemical drain cleaners are among the most dangerous of all cleaning products, containing sodium hydroxide and sodium hypochlorite (bleach) that can permanently burn eyes and skin. In oven cleaners, lye and sodium hydroxide can burn skin, eyes, and the respiratory tract."the p-trap in the kitchen is made of metal, anyway I guess it can be removed and cleaned manually which seems like the best way. the air valve in the kitchen is the yellow one, so I think it's not the water that blocks the air blow.I don't think I have a disposal ( is it the machine with knifes under the sink? i don't have that one)but I'll try to pour a some lemon juice, too.I think the enzyme cleanser is this one:http://www.thisthatotherthings.com/bacoutfoamer.html?productid=bacoutfoamer&channelid;=FROOGbut I live in Italy, so I'll try to find another one at least in Europe.as I live in an apartment, I can't clean more than the pipes under the sink, not to mention to change them.other solutions I've found are: *Pour down half a cup of sodium bicarbonate (or baking soda or sodium carbonate) and half a cup of vinegar, wait 15 minutes, pour down 1 lt. boiling water. I translated it from another language and there is a confusion here about sodium bicarbonate, baking soda and sodium carbonate, I didn't get which one to use.this works for opening blocked drains or the toilet. BAKING SODA IRRITATES YOUR SKIN, USE GLOVES. it makes a chemical reaction and you should be careful when it boils. but the ingredients are harmless to nature.to disinfect:*Mix 2 spoons of borax, 1 cup of vinegar and 500ml hot water, use it for toilet, and similar surfaces.I don't know how/where to find borax (water+O2+sodium+bor) but this solution might help for the smell.

Question by iovsjupiter 10 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago