You may not know this, but cleaning certain items such as lab equipment can’t be done with normal water or detergent. Plain H20 and certain cleaning agents (such as sulphuric acid used in lab applications) contains minerals and chemicals, which can be left behind. This leftover residue can complicate experiments, giving skew results in an environment where accuracy is pertinent.
This is why using hot deionised water to clean lab equipment is preferred by many, with some of the benefits including:
Removes the need for multiple cleaning processes
Hot deionised water is seen as much more aggressive than cold demineralised water. This means that most chemicals are more soluble when they come in contact with it, which makes them easier to remove. This means you don’t have to carry out multiple rinses or washes at a time.
Deionised water is free of contaminants and reduces bacteria
As di water is purified to the highest quality, it’s free of bacteria, chemicals and minerals. When heated up it also has the ability to kill bacteria that may be present in apparatuses. It negates the need to disassemble parts, or use cleaning agents that might be hazardous. As a result, all parts and surfaces are left free of bacteria that may lead to low quality finished products.
Water Consumption is Reduced By 70%
When demineralised water is heated, its molecules achieves a higher level of energy than its colder variant. This high translational energy dissolves and dilutes chemicals faster when it comes in contact with a surface and, as a result, uses very little water to rinse your equipment. Not only is it efficient in saving water, but also time.
Using demineralised water to clean is very beneficial, and the results can be of a higher quality when it is heated up. It is a highly purified substance that cleans bacteria effectively, reduces water consumption and also the time it takes to clean items. So next time you need to clean your lab equipment, use deionised water.
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