Can you wear dirty, smelling or muddy clothing for days and feel comfortable? I guess your answer will be no. This means you would need something to wash and keep your clothes clean. You might agree with me that the most common option for doing laundry is a washing machine. But do you know that there are many alternatives to those big laundry machines you have in your home? The ultrasonic cleaner is one of the alternatives that provide high-quality cleaning.
Over the years the idea of using an ultrasonic cleaning machine for laundry has inevitably re-surfaced after it was thought that the ultrasonic technique was not effective for laundry back in the 1950s. So are they effective now? Are they a better alternative for laundry machines? If yes, in what way? These and many questions about the use of big and portable ultrasonic cleaners for laundry will be answered.
Why Are Ultrasonic Cleaner Not Popular For Laundry
Most of the research conducted about the effectiveness of ultrasonic energy in washing and cleaning clothes has proven that ultrasonic machines can remove stains and dirt from textiles effectively. However, most people don’t opt for the option due to some reasons.
The fabric is a great absorber of ultrasonic energy. It means you need an ultrasonic washing machine that produces powerful ultrasonic energy to overcome the absorption and remove contaminants from fabric completely.
Fabrics are flexible, and it is believed that ultrasonic cleaners work best for cleaning items with a hard surface.
For these reasons, ultrasonic cleaning of laundry is not common. However, after years of exploration, it was suggested that to get the most out of your ultrasonic cleaner while washing clothes, stretch the fabrics over a hard surface. In this case, the hard surface will be the one receiving the ultrasonic cavitation bubble implosions and making sure your clothes are washed and cleaned completely. As long as the ultrasonic cleaner is not over-challenged, it still does a good job as you can achieve a truly clean wash.
Does An Ultrasonic Cleaner Do What Laundry Machines Do?
What does a laundry machine do? It is a household appliance that washes clothes by sloshing your clothes about in water and soap and spins fast to remove the water separating dirt from the clothes. Basically, it spins, washes your clothes, removes dirt and rinses your clothe. But what does the ultrasonic machine do? It also washes and clean laundries but in a more efficient way.
Apart from removing dirt and stains from textiles, ultrasonic cleaners can remove contaminants such as bacteria from your clothes. No doubt, when we wear clothes, there is a greater chance that we have germs on our clothes because we all have bacteria on our skin surface. Even though the bacteria can be sometimes harmless, they can result in infection. Using an ultrasonic cleaner help to wash, clean and destroy bacterial on your clothes. Interestingly, killing the bacteria is not done by using a chemical reaction like other washing machines does. An ultrasonic machine uses a physical means to eliminate the bacteria.
Ultrasonic Cleaners vs. Laundry Machines
Knowing that both machines perform almost the same task, are there any differences? Sure, the ultrasonic washing machines have some advantages over the regular laundry machines. Below are the comparisons of the two.
Flexibility - what would you prefer to take with you when going on a trip? A laundry machine or a portable ultrasonic machine for washing your clothes? Of course, no one would go for a laundry machine. There are smaller ultrasonic cleaners such as the Sonic Soak that only measures a few inches which are perfect for taking with you while traveling.
Energy requirement – Did you know that a regular washing machine uses a great amount of energy in one cycle? This can contribute to a high energy bill in your home. On the other hand, most of the ultrasonic washing machine uses about 20 times less energy. With this, you can save more on your electricity bills.
Water requirement – If you want to wash one load of laundry in a standard washing machine, you will require about 40 gallons of water. This could be a waste of time, extremely wasteful, and expensive. But washing with an ultrasonic cleaner can help reduce the amount of water you use for washing your clothes. It means if you use less than 40 gallons of water for laundry you won’t have to pay additional charges for your monthly water bills.
Cleaning effects – throwing your laundry in a washing machine might harm them by causing tears and wears in the long run. An ultrasonic cleaning machine cleans your garment at the microscopic scale without resulting in wears and tears.
Sound or noise – when using a laundry machine to wash your cloth you would have noticed noises that result from clicking, squeaking, swooshing, and occasional bang or thumb. It is a different thing that happens when using an ultrasonic cleaner. It is completely quiet and doesn’t make any sound. This makes it a better option when you want to wash your laundry while other people in the house are in bed or taking a nap. Of course, if you know how disturbing the sounds produced by most washing machines are, you will know what I am talking about.
Wash intensity – it is true that most of the laundry machines made available these days have a knob or button that allows you to switch between gentle, normal and strong washing intensity. So if you want to wash very dirty clothing with strong stains and dirt, you will need to switch to strong in other to remove all the stubborn dirt. On the other hand, an ultrasonic cleaning machine removes both the easy to remove stains and stubborn stains or dirt gently. You won’t have to worry about damaging your lingerie, silk, cashmere, and other delicate clothes while trying to remove stains and dirt using an ultrasonic cleaner.
Ease of use – unlike the regular laundry machines, you don’t need to read manuals always before you use an ultrasonic washing machine. Put water, the clothes, and the portable ultrasonic cleaner together in zinc or bowl and then watch the machine does its job. Additionally, the device does not take much time to get the job done when compared to a laundry machine that might require much time to remove stains and dirt.
Versatility – washing machines are basically for washing and cleaning laundries such as backpacks, shoes, and clothes. This means there are limitations to the task a washing machine can perform. On the other hand, you can use an ultrasonic cleaning machine to clean a great number of items. Apart from getting your laundry done, you can use an ultrasonic cleaner to wash and clean your jewelry, vegetables, fruits, meats, fish, glasses, kid toys, baby products, personal accessories, kitchen wares and more. It is a multi-task machine that can do almost all the washing and cleaning tasks in your home. If I may ask, can you put your expensive glasses or jewelry in a washing machine? I guess no because you don't want them to get damaged.
Why Is An Ultrasonic Cleaner A Better Alternative?
From the comparison above, it is obvious that there are lots of reasons why ultrasonic cleaning machines are better than big laundry machines.
It is easy to use, operate and most time comes without the need for installation
Ultrasonic cleaners especially portable ultrasonic machines can be taken with you anywhere you go. Put it in your luggage and go. It is as easy as that. Or can you put a laundry machine inside your traveling bag?
Ultrasonic cleaning machines have different applications. They are not limited to washing and cleaning laundries.
It can help you save more on water and energy bills
Ultrasonic cleaners go gentle on your clothes to reduce or prevent tears and wears
Using an ultrasonic cleaning machine will not disturb your friend or loved ones while sleeping because it operates silently
It requires little time to get the job done even if the dirt proves difficult to remove
How to Use an Ultrasonic Cleaner for Laundry
Ultrasonic cleaning machines come in different models and sizes. You can get a portable ultrasonic cleaner or bigger size. The exact mode of operation varies from one model to the other. However, most of the available models of ultrasonic cleaners have the same operating instruction. Below are the general modes of use.
Pour enough water inside the ultrasonic cleaning machine tank and add a cleaning solution. In case you are using a portable washing machine like a Sonic Soak, all you need is a pour the water and detergent in a bowl or sink.
Plug the ultrasonic cleaner in the wall unit, press start to switch it and let the device heat up. When you notice the cleaner has warmed up, put the fabrics inside the basket that comes with the device and place it inside the tank and close the lid. You might not need to put inside a basket if you are using the portable model of the machine.
Allow the cleaning cycle to complete and wait for five minutes before you remove the clothes from the tank, sink, or bowl. Rinse the fabrics and spread them to dry.
Precautions in the Use of an Ultrasonic Washing Machine for Laundry
Even though the ultrasonic cleaner is easy to use, some precautions will help you get the most out of the machines.
Avoid using bleach or cleaning solution having bleach products in it. This can create a dangerous condition or damage the tank of your ultrasonic cleaning machine.
Make sure you fill the tank or sink with water before plugging the machine. This way, you can prevent or avoid an electrical hazard.
With the easy to operate, wide application, quiet operation, eco-friendly, deep cleaning, and more, the ultrasonic cleaner is a better alternative for big laundry machines. Oh! Lest I forget, you should know that the best ultrasonic washing machine does the job better. So go for the bests machines on the market.