Cleaning Alternatives

  • Avoid using fresh solvents for cleaning glassware. Filter and reuse solvents for this purpose, when appropriate, or use a non-hazardous cleanser (e.g., Alconox®) and vigorous agitation (scrubbing) initially.
  • If solvents are required for cleaning, minimize the quantity to the extent possible; e.g., do not simply use the force of flow from a squeeze bottle to remove contaminants.
  • Do not use chromium-based glass cleaners, such as  Chromerge®. Alternatives such as No-Chromix®, Micro 90®, enzymatic cleaners, detergents, etc. can be just as effective.
  • For sterilizing equipment, use quaternary ammonium detergents instead of isopropyl alcohol.
  • Use ethanol rather than methanol for dehydrating and rinsing processes.
  • Use ultrasonicators and/or industrial dishwashers instead of, or prior to final cleaning with solvents.
  • Purchase better, more effective cleansing brushes to reduce the temptation of opting for a solvent for cleaning.
  • Keep extra glassware on hand and/or utilize a drying oven to reduce the need for solvent rinsing to hasten drying of glassware.