Ultrasonic Cleaners in Natural Therapies – Vit C and CBD

Have you heard rumours that people have started using ultrasonic cleaners in natural therapies?  You may be wondering if those rumours are true.

Well, yes they are.  There is an increasing movement towards the production of in-house products that advocates claim have astounding benefits for one’s well-being.  And ultrasonic cleaners have a pivotal role in making these products, in Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere.  At this point there are two major types of product – liposomal encapsulated vitamin C and CBD.  

Readers should seek their own professional medical and legal advice when considering these alternative treatments.

One popular supplement is called liposomal encapsulated vitamin C which is rather expensive commercially, but is comparatively cheap if made at home.  The literature claims that taken orally, the efficacy of liposomal encapsulated vitamin C is comparable to IV administration.  Of course it is also far more convenient. Proponents believe that it is the powerful action of the ultrasonic effect which changes the vitamin C from an expensive secretion, to one that largely bypasses the digestive system, so that it can be retained longer within the body’s tissues, to work its magic.

Follow the link below for a background story from 60 Minutes New Zealand about active New Zealand farmer Allan Smith, who escaped almost certain death, following high dosage treatment with vitamin C.  He was admitted to hospital with swine flu (H1N1), but acquired a condition called white out pneumonia and also (perhaps unrelated) leukaemia.  He was administered IV vitamin C and later was supplemented with high dosage vitamin C taken orally.   Twelve months after the episode he is active again, with no sign of the previous lung infection, nor leukaemia.   This story was quickly replayed around the world, with a variety of reactions.

60 Minutes NZ Story

60 Minutes NZ – Allan Smith Story

Watch Allan Smith Video

Here is another video from US practitioner Dr Mike Ihara, who describes how to produce your own liposomal vitamin C.  The video is step by step and is very simple to follow.  It has the usual American measures of ounces and pounds, but Australian readers will be used to converting from imperial to metric – most kitchen measures have both anyway.  NB Dr Ihara is using an ultrasonic cleaner without a heater.

Dr Mike Ihara - Vitamin C Recipe

Dr Mike Ihara – Vitamin C Recipe

Watch Mike Ihara Video

Readers of this blog should draw their own conclusions about this subject and seek professional advice regarding their medical treatment needs. Proper hygiene precautions should always be used with any product that is to be taken orally. This includes careful cleaning of preparation surfaces and, especially, preventing toxic or harmful products from coming into contact with those surfaces. Looking for an Australian supplier of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) or lecithin so you can try making your own?  The Biomed Café in Nerang QLD is one such outlet.  If you are in Victoria, you could also see Graham Dixon at the Bairnsdale Nutrition Centre.

Another alternative therapy uses ultrasonic cleaners to help generate Cannabidiol (CBD) oil.

CBD has been used in several overseas countries, such as Israel and the USA and also in legal trials in Australia to help reduce seizures, especially where traditional anti-convulsive pharmaceuticals have failed.  This treatment has come to prominence in the mainstream Australian media such as in The Project,  A Current Affair (ACA) and 60 Minutes.  

In the USA, 14 states legalised the use of CBD for treatment of seizures  (and some other complaints) as at April 2015, with other states considering the same action.  Significantly, the CBD oil used in this treatment typically has extremely low levels of THC such that no psychoactive affect is apparent; and doctors in these states are prescribing CBD to help reduce seizures in their epileptic patients.  A useful summary of the current situation in the USA can be gleaned from the CNN documentary videos compiled by Dr Sanjay Gupta from 2013 to 2015.

View CNN Reports by Dr. Sanjay Gupta  Episode 1 2013  Episode 2 2014  Episode 3 2015

One of the most publicised Australian stories involves (previously) gravely ill paediatric epilepsy patient – Deisha Magic-Stevens from Coffs Harbour NSW.  Deisha’s family recently celebrated her first ever anniversary of being completely seizure free and thriving.  This follows her receiving CBD oil treatment for more than 12 months.  This legal trial was only possible through the support of the NSW Premier, Mike Baird and local politicians Andrew Fraser MP and Catherine Cusack MLC.

Deisha’s father, David Stevens has put together a video of Deisha’s journey from despair to recovery below.  Any parent will want a full box of tissues handy – it is a heart-wrenching story, thankfully with a happy ending.

Deisha's Journey

Watch Deisha’s Journey

David Stevens shows how he prepares the CBD oil treatment for Deisha in this video.  NB He uses an ultrasonic cleaner/sonicator with heater.

CBD Oil Recipe

Watch  how to make CBD Oil

Once again, we encourage you to draw your own conclusions and to seek professional medical and/or legal advice before following any treatments shown in videos linked from this site.

Liquid Glass Oz designs quality ultrasonic cleaners for commercial operations in Australia and New Zealand (N18973)


how to degas your ultrasonic cleaner

Why Degas Your Ultrasonic?

Before the start of each working day it is best to degas the liquid in your ultrasonic cleaner tank.  This simple procedure allows the ultrasonic cleaner to work most effectively, since the ultrasonic waves can pass more freely through liquid than they do when air is mixed in the liquid in the tank.  If you are in a lab, or a dental, vet or medical practice this is the ideal time to prepare for your daily foil test.

You should also perform this task whenever you start with a fresh tank of water during the working day.  NB Take extra care when you empty your ultrasonic cleaner tank, as this is a risky time – see notes below.

Unless you are in a laboratory or clinical setting, where you will be completing a foil test to meet regulatory obligations, you can use the degas process to start your daily cleaning.  The first 10 minutes of degas/cleaning will be a little less effective than the rest of the day, but they will still generate a very good cleaning result.  Anyway, you’re paying for the electricity – you may as well get some value out of it.

How to Do It

  1. Fill the tank with the recommended amount of water and add a squirt of dishwashing detergent.  The detergent will help to soften the water which assists in the degas process.
  2. Degas the water in the tank.  Set heater thermostat to 60C.  After temperature is achieved run unit on cleaning cycle for about 10 minutes.  Degasing will expel the air so that the unit operates at optimum effectiveness.
    • NB If your machine does not have a heater, or if the heater is slow to increase temperature, you can boil water in a kettle to get the same result.  In a boil proof jug add two parts boiling water  to one part tap water.  If the tap water is room temperature (25C), the combined water will give you about 60C.  Adjust the mix for local conditions.


  1. Foil Test. Always degas the tank before doing a foil test.
  2. Many desktop machines are designed to maintain minimum set temperature with their heater, but they can be rather slow to heat up, especially if ambient (or tap water) temperature is low. You can run the machine (e.g. start to clean some items) while the unit is heating.  This will usually only draw a small amount of additional electricity, but it will save time and help to get the tank up to operating temperature a lot quicker.  Covering the tank with its lid will also help speed the process.
  3. Empty Tank Safely. Some hints to safely empty liquid from your ultrasonic cleaner’s tank, for units without a tap.
    1. Water and Electricity Do Not Mix. Turn off power and disconnect unit from mains before emptying tank. Refill tank when unit back in designated safe working location and before power is reconnected to machine.  Remove all spills promptly and completely, ensuring that no water is on or near leads, plugs or power points.  Do not turn power back on until it is safe to do so.
    2. Cool Tank to 25C. Wait until liquid inside tank has cooled before emptying – you should turn heater off, or set thermostat to zero C and empty liquid only when contents has dropped to room temperature.  This will prevent damage to heater pad.
    3. Check for Lost Stones.  If you have been cleaning jewellery check that no stones have not come adrift from settings BEFORE you empty the tank. This problem is more common than you might think.  If you discover a setting is minus a stone use our procedure to find it in the tank, or ensure that you pass liquid through a fine sieve. Do not just pour liquid down the drain.
    4. Avoid Splashbacks.  Most ultrasonic cleaners are very well sealed around the top and sides of the unit.  But bench top ultrasonic cleaners will commonly have holes in the base or rear to allow for venting of excess heat from the unit.  So it is possible for liquid to enter the unit when tank is being emptied.  You would be amazed at where splashed water can end up. We recommend against vigorously upturning the unit to empty the tank, as this can cause unwanted liquid splash backs or internal components becoming dislodged.   Instead, use a household plastic jug to bail the liquid out (also makes it easier to use a sieve if searching for missing stones) and to wipe out the last bit of liquid in the tank with a clean sponge.  This procedure takes no more than a few seconds, but it can save a lot of time and money.

Liquid Glass Oz designs quality ultrasonic cleaners for commercial operations in Australia and New Zealand (N18973)


Cleaning Tarnished Jewellery

A customer asked how to clean her sterling silver jewellery in an ultrasonic cleaner

Even quality sterling silver, no matter where it was bought, can get those ugly black marks that spoil the appeal of expensive jewellery.  After working in the jewellery trade for more than 2 decades we can say that this is a very common occurrence.   The ultrasonic cleaner will clean contaminants very well, but it will not remove tarnish on its own.
Here’s a hint for handling tarnish and this is the way we handle it ourselves when we have a piece so affected
  1. Teaspoon of ammonia in the tank with the water.
  2. Run jewellery through a single cycle.  Do not throw out tank solution yet.
  3. Inspect jewellery.  If still not properly treated leave the item to soak in the solution – just as it is for say up to 30 mins.  Do not throw out tank solution yet.
  4. Inspect again.  If still not to your satisfaction next step is to grab an old furry toothbrush.  Wrap a soft cloth around the bristles.  Dip brush in the tank (still with the ammonia solution).  Gently rub the section that is tarnished.  In our experience this will get rid of the tarnish 99% of the time.  For the other 1% – try upping the concentration of ammonia and repeating the procedure from 3 above.

For best results rinse item using distilled or filtered water.  Domestic tap water can contain lime and scale which dries to form a messy film.  Not a good look on your jewellery.

Liquid Glass Oz designs quality ultrasonic cleaners for commercial operations in Australia and New Zealand (N18973)