08-23-2021, 05:41 PM
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  • Bax
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I've got some razors to clean. My wife has some jewelry to clean. We thought we'd buy an ultrasonic cleaner. Anybody got a good recommendation?
Thx,
-Bax

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 08-23-2021, 05:45 PM
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  • Harvey
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(08-23-2021, 05:41 PM)Bax Wrote: I've got some razors to clean. My wife has some jewelry to clean. We thought we'd buy an ultrasonic cleaner. Anybody got a good recommendation?
Thx,
-Bax

Used to be in the optical business and we got our best results just from using an old toothbrush and dish soap......it can also be an new toothbrush just purchased for this purpose.

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 08-23-2021, 06:11 PM
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  • Bax
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Old toothbrush or new... hmm... it's nice to have options!
  :-)

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 08-23-2021, 08:06 PM
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I’ve done the ultrasonic cleaner, boiling water, etc. It works fine - but never as good as barkeepers friend Biggrin

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 08-24-2021, 12:24 AM
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  • Wolf
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From time to time I give my razors a thorough cleaning, I use Ballistol oil and a brush, it removes the lime effortlessly and leaves the razors shiny, it is a non-toxic product. With many utilities.

[Image: vqIeQ8n.jpg]

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 08-24-2021, 03:58 AM
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  • Chappy
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Ultrasonic cleaners are not miracle workers.  For example, they normally do not remove tarnish or patina from metal so you will still have to manually polish those items by hand after cleaning in ultrasonic cleaner.  However, they are great for general cleaning for jewelry, soap scum, dirt, etc.

Couple tips I've learned personally or saw on YouTube:
* Regardless what the instructions say don't put eyeglasses, porous jewels, or anything "soft" in the cleaner.
* Don't get fancy with "super cleaners".  Amazing what dish soap, window cleaner, simple green, 409, etc. can do.  Don't use anything caustic, CLR, gasoline, or anything else corrosive.
* Don't put your item(s) directly in the cleaner water.  Put the item(s) in a small glass jar or ziploc bag with your cleaning solution.  This way you can save your cleaning solution to use again and not have to clean the inside of the cleaner.  Crazy but it works.
* Put jar/bag in cleaner and always fill your cleaner with enough hot water so it is at the "full line".
* Never put your fingers or other body part in the water while the cleaner is on.  Use tongs, tweezers, sticks, etc.  Another reason for using jars/bags.
* Don't  be afraid to use the cleaner through multiple cycles if needed.

Good luck!

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 08-24-2021, 08:53 AM
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  • Bax
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How about a toothbrush and...
...gun cleaning stuff like CLP (that cleans, lubricates, and protects)?
...or some of that Break-Free aerosol ("Gun Blast") in a can?
...or Hoppe's #9, maybe?
- Bax

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 08-24-2021, 10:07 AM
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  • Chappy
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Look what I found from our own mantic59!!

https://sharpologist.com/how-to-take-car...have-gear/

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 08-24-2021, 12:15 PM
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(08-24-2021, 12:24 AM)Wolf Wrote: From time to time I give my razors a thorough cleaning, I use Ballistol oil and a brush, it removes the lime effortlessly and leaves the razors shiny, it is a non-toxic product. With many utilities.

[Image: vqIeQ8n.jpg]
Excellent Pedro! Ballistol has so many uses, and I never even gave it a thought, thank you.

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 08-24-2021, 05:15 PM
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I've found that a soft child's toothbrush and dish soap is all I need for cleaning razors.

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 08-24-2021, 07:40 PM
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  • bullgoose
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I have an ultrasonic cleaner and use it with warm water, vinegar and a splash of dish soap. It works well but you have to be careful to not use it with razors that have paint (e.g. Gillette Red Tip or a Mergress with adjustment dots). The vibration can take the paint off the razor. 

As Chappy mentions, it isn't a miracle worker. It helps loosen up and dislodge the soap scum and lime deposits in all of the hard to get spots. You will still need to clean it a bit manually.

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 10-10-2021, 05:23 PM
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(08-23-2021, 05:41 PM)Bax Wrote: I've got some razors to clean. My wife has some jewelry to clean. We thought we'd buy an ultrasonic cleaner. Anybody got a good recommendation?
Thx,
-Bax

I bought the 3L CO-Z Ultrasonic Cleaner on Amazon. This works great for me on my razors and brushes. It' not too big, and not too small, just right. It allows the water to be heated up which helps with the cleaning. I also opted for the version with the old fashioned dials as opposed to digital, I thought I'd like that feature better that way. When I clean a razor I set the temperature at about 122 F or about 50 C. I then set the timer to 3 minutes. I leave the lid off, which they tell you not to do, but it doesn't seem to affect anything. I pick the item in and out using tongs. Works like a charm for me although you do need to be careful. Sometimes something can get ruined, unfortunately. I had a vintage Rubberset brush that basically exploded into pieces, however, that was 2 days after the ultrasound. I can't attribute this disaster to anything else. And, I did manage to take a little bit of lettering off of the end of my bakelite Barbasol razor.  However, no other lettering was affected on anything else so for me this is a rare threat.  Hope this helps.

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