Cleaning petrolatum off tools and equipments

Hi, Just wondering what is commonly used in the industry to clean off petrolatum from tools and equipments (incl. glass, teflon, stainless steel and alumina). 
Thanks heaps in adv.
Lia Young



  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    Hot water and surfactant (like sodium lauryl sulfate).  I always used shampoo.
  • I was advised by more than one cosmetic chemist to use "Dawn" dishwashing liquid.  It seems that it is used in many cosmetic labs for that purpose!
  • BobzchemistBobzchemist Member, PCF student
    You could soak things in hot mineral oil first, to dilute the petrolatum, but that's an extra step that's usually only required if you get residue in nooks and grooves, etc.that won't come out with normal cleaning.

    Ultrasonic cleaners work really well for small parts.
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  • Thank you all for your time replying and sharing!

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