Medical Instrument Cleaning & Device Cleaning | Alconox, Inc.

Critical Cleaning for the Medical Device Industry

Medical Device Cleaning

 Before: Medical devices – such as prosthetic hip joints – must be critically pre-cleaned prior to coating and packaging.

After: Swab and extraction tests validate successful cleaning with Alconox-brand detergents.

Effectively clean medical equipment to critical regulated standards

Manufactured medical devices for human or veterinary health often must be cleaned to implantable standards during manufacturing. Alconox, Inc. medical instrument cleaners are expressly formulated to get these products critically clean without leaving interfering residues, whether the product is for biomechanical or electronic use.


Medical device cleaning by definition requires critical cleaning for use in demanding human health and veterinary applications.

Many Alconox products have been used for decades and are widely accepted throughout the medical device industry for medical device cleaning during and after medical device validation. Some of the more commonly used Alconox cleaners are listed below:

Alconox: Precision cleaner is a powder detergent used for manual and ultrasonic medical device cleaning and medical device validation.

Citrajet: Low foaming mild acid cleaner for metal oxides/ particulates is safe to use on aluminum parts and may be used in machine washers for medical instrument cleaning and validation.

Citranox: Manual or ultrasonic mild acid cleaner for metal oxides and particulates is also aluminum safe. It is used during medical device cleaning and medical device validation.

Liquinox: For manual and ultrasonic process oil removal during medical instrument cleaning and validation.

Solujet: Low foaming high pH (alkaline) detergent used in machine washers and ultrasonic tanks for medical device cleaning and validation.

Recommended Cleaners

ARTICLES CLEANED/SOIL REMOVED CLEANING METHOD(S) RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS
Inorganic residues, salts metallics, pigments Machine Washer, Pressure Washer Citrajet
Inorganic residues, salts metallics, pigments Manual, Ultrasonic, Soak, C-I-P* Citranox
Product contact surfaces Machine Washer, Pressure Washer
Product contact surfaces Manual, Ultrasonic, Soak, C-I-P* Alconox, Liquinox
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Alcojet

Alcojet

Nonionic, low foaming cleaner for use in labware washers, parts washers, power-spray systems, manual and ultrasonic cleaning. Corrosion inhibited formula recommended for glassware, metals, plastic, ceramic, porcelain, rubber and fiberglass. Free rinsing for reliable results and no interfering residues. USDA authorized. Dilute 1:200. pH 12

Alconox

Alconox

Concentrated, anionic detergent or manual and ultrasonic cleaning. Free rinsing to give you reliable results without interfering residues. Ideal for cleaning contaminants from glassware, metals, plastics, ceramic, porcelain, rubber and fiberglass. Excellent replacement for corrosive acids and hazardous solvents. USDA authorized. Dilute 1:100. pH 9.5

Citrajet

Citrajet

Low foaming, phosphate-free, concentrated, liquid cleaner and metal brightener for high peformance removal of metal oxides, scales, salts and inorganic residues in labware washers, parts washers, power-spray systems and manual and ultrasonic cleaning. Corrosion inhibited and free rinsing leaving no interfering residues. Ideal for acid washing and rinsing. Dilute 2:100 pH 2.5

Citranox

Citranox

Concentrated, anionic detergent or manual and ultrasonic cleaning. Free rinsing to give you reliable results without interfering residues. Ideal for cleaning contaminants from glassware, metals, plastics, ceramic, porcelain, rubber and fiberglass. Excellent replacement for corrosive acids and hazardous solvents. USDA authorized. Dilute 1:100. pH 9.5

Detojet

Detojet

Low foaming, heavy duty alkaline detergent for use in labware washers, parts washers, power-spray systems, and ultrasonic cleaning systems. Concentrated. highly emulsifying and penetrating formula is free rinsing, and leaves no interfering residues. Protects interior working parts of washers. USDA authorized. Dilute 1:200. pH 12.4

Detergent 8

Detergent 8

Nonionic, detergent for labware washers, PC board washers, power-spray systems, ultrasonic and manual cleaning. Removes oils, resins rosins, and fluxes from PC circuit boards, electronic parts, phosphate sensitive labware and nuclear contaminated equipment with no interfering conductive residues. Excellent replacement for solvent cleaning. Dilute 3:100. pH 11

liquinox

liquinox

Concentrated, anionic phosphate free, detergent for manual and ultrasonic cleaning. Free rinsing to give you reliable results without interfering residues. Extremely mild and completely soluble in hard and soft water. USDA authorized. Dilute 1:100. pH 8.5

luminox

luminox

Low foaming, neutral pH detergent for use in manual, ultrasonic, and machine cleaning. Safe-handling detergent used for non-corrosive cleaning without chelation or alkalinity waste treatment problems. Recommended for aluminum and soft metal, medical devices, pharmaceutical equipment, alkaline sensitive labware, and medical instruments in aluminum trays. Free rinsing, eliminating interfering residues. Dilute 3:100. pH 7

Solujet

Solujet

Nonionic, low foaming phosphate free liquid cleaner for use in labware washers, manual and ultrasonic cleaning. Corrosion inhibited formula recommended for glassware, metals, plastic, ceramic, porcelain, rubber and fiberglass. Free rinsing for reliable results and no interfering residues. Passes inhibitory residue test Dilute 1:200. pH 11.5

Tergajet

Tergajet

Nonionic, low foaming phosphate free powdered cleaner for use in labware washers, manual and ultrasonic cleaning. Corrosion inhibited formula recommended for glassware, metals, plastic, ceramic, porcelain, rubber and fiberglass. Free rinsing for reliable results and no interfering residues. Passes inhibitory residue test Dilute 1:200. pH 11.5

Tergazyme

Tergazyme

Concentrated, anionic detergent with protease enzyme for manual and ultrasonic cleaning. Excellent for removal of proteinaceous soils,tissue, blood and body fluids from glassware, metals, plastic, ceramic, porcelain, rubber and fiberglass with no interfering residues. Ideal as a cleaning agent in Reverse Osmosis and Ultra-Filtration Systems. USDA authorized. Dilute: 1:100. pH 9.5

Aqueous Cleaning Handbook

Aqueous Cleaning Handbook

A 178 page book with tips and techniques for critical cleaning procedures and validation

Guide to Critical Cleaning

A 16 page guide to the use and selection of Alconox, Inc. detergents by industry and application.

Alconox Detergent Catalog

A 1 page listing of all the Alconox, Inc. detergents, descriptions, selection guide, catalog numbers and available sizes.

Critical Cleaning Guide

Critical Cleaning Guide

This guide gives you the benefit of our more than half-century of experience— including a method-by-method review of critical cleaning procedures, and a selection matrix to identify the right Alconox, Inc. detergent for your application.

Applications in Medical Device

Applications in Medical Device

The use of aqueous cleaning in medical device manufacturing can provide numerous benefits in terms of efficacy, minimal surface contact and reduced residue potential, and easier cleaning validation.

Applications in Pharma

Applications in Pharma

Virtually any pharmaceutical manufacturing equipment — from tablet presses to a stainless steel mixing tanks — can be cleaned to stringent critically clean criteria by aqueous cleaning.

Cleaning and Monitoring Procedures

Cleaning and Monitoring Procedures

Getting the best results from any cleaner requires proper mixing and cleaning procedures. This whitepaper includes mixing directions for each type of Alconox, Inc. aqueous cleaning detergent. It also describes methods for monitoring cleaner performance.

Cleaning Validation for Medical Device

Cleaning Validation for Medical Device

This white paper outlines the basics of cleaning validation and how the cleaner manufacturer can help simplify and speed up the process, as well as support ongoing maintenance of the validated or verified state.

Cleaning Validation for Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

Cleaning Validation for Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

Cleaning validation is a necessary and time-consuming part of manufacturing pharmaceuticals. This white paper outlines the basics of cleaning validation and discusses the support services you should seek from your critical cleaning products supplier to optimize your cleaning validation process.

Lab Washer Guide

Lab Washer Guide

This 5 page Lab Washer Guide will help you avoid invalid analytical results and keep glassware, instruments, and equipment free of interfering residues.