Clean Salicylic Acid Lotions From Equipment

Q. What can be used to manually clean salicylic acid lotions, creams, emulsions from manufacturing equipment?

A. In general salicylic acid is best cleaned by sodium phosphate or alkali citrate salt containing cleaners.  Lotions and creams are often best cleaned by high alkaline cleaners.

Alconox® Powdered Precision Cleaner and Detonox® Ultimate Precision Cleaner are moderately alkaline sodium phosphate-containing detergents that are safer for manual use than some high alkaline cleaners. Alconox is a powder with Detonox being a liquid concentrate.  The Detonox liquid detergent might be better, but both are quite effective and powerful emulsifiers.

If a machine washer/ Clean-In-Place (CIP) system is being used, or high viscosity lotions and creams are to be cleaned, Alcojet® Low Foaming Powdered Detergent and Solujet® Low-Foaming Phosphate-Free Liquid are recommended.  The former is a powder, with the latter a low foaming liquid concentrate.  Note that low foaming, washer/CIP intended detergents tend to be (although not always) higher alkalinity.  This is to compensate for the loss of mechanical action as a cleaning mechanism intrinsic to manual cleaning operations.

Salicylic acid

Salicylic acid

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