World Water Day – Highly Concentrated Aqueous Cleaners for Industry by Ecolink Inc.

Highly Concentrated Aqueous Cleaners for Industrial Degreasing

Ecolink was founded in 1991 with an environmental mission to replace ozone depleting solvents and other hazardous chemicals. The international observance of World Water Day is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. We advocate and promote fewer (first) and safer chemicals for industrial use and encourage all of our employees, suppliers, customers and extended community to make mindful consumer choices that ensure a smaller water footprint, thereby protecting water supplies in other countries. To learn more about World Water Day, visit

At Ecolink Inc. we offer a portfolio of highly concentrated aqueous cleaners. We designed our products to work effectively at very high dilution ratios, which reduces solid waste through decreased packaging + reduces transportation and disposal costs. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your critical cleaning requirements for replacing existing aqueous cleaners or converting from solvent-based cleaners and degreasers. 800-563-1305 or We are chemist-owned and operated and have more than 30 years of aqueous cleaner formulating experience.

Product Application Benefits Flash Point VOC
BULLDOG Maximum Effectiveness Degreaser Spray & wipe dip immersion

pressure washing

aqueous parts washers

  • Extremely aggressive
  • Super concentrated
  • Dilute up to 100:1
None 105 gm/l
DARACLEAN Aqueous Cleaners Multi-line high-tech, engineered aqueous cleaners None Contact Ecolink for information on specific Daraclean products
HEAVYWEIGHT Non-Butyl Industrial Detergent Spray & wipe dip, immersion

pressure washing

steam cleaning

  • Rust inhibited to protect ferrous metal
  • Aggressive on wide range of soils
  • Non toxic
  • Dilute up to 60:1
None 73 gm/l
PINNACLE Neutral pH Degreaser Pressure washing Automatic floor scrubbers

Spray & wipe

  • Dilutes effectively up to 60:1
  • Completely VOC compliant
  • Safe on most substrates
  • Non toxic
None 2 gm/l
RIP-TIDE Aqueous Solvent Dip, immersion Pressure washing

Tank cleaning

Water based paint cleanup

  • Plastic safe
  • Low odor
  • Non toxic
  • Dilute up to 30:1
183° F
51 gm/l
S-34 NG Cleaner – Nuclear Grade Spray & wipe Dip, immersion

Aqueous parts washers

  • Meets VOC requirements
  • Aggressive on a wide range of soils
  • Dilute up to 60:1


None to Boil 25 gm/l



Custom Aqueous Solvents: How to Purchase Them Economically

Most companies and organizations that invest in custom aqueous solvents do so out of necessity. They need a water based solvent but can’t find a ready made solution that meets their needs. The only option is creating a custom solvent that addresses all requirements.

Because custom aqueous solvents are manufactured from scratch, they frequently cost a bit more than stock solvents. You may have no option but to pay the price; however, there are four simple steps you can take to purchase your solvent economically. Let’s look at what they are.

  1. Request Three Separate Quotes

 Suppliers of custom aqueous solvents have different price structures, so it pays to shop around, as the old saying goes. Chances are that most of the quotes you receive will be in the same ballpark, but one price will be lower than the rest.

Choosing a supplier that offers the best price points is the first step toward saving money on your aqueous solvent purchase. But before you buy, confirm that the price is the regular price, not a special offer that won’t be available the next time you need to order solvent. 

  1. Purchase in Concentrated Form

 You have the option of purchasing your solvent in ready to use form or in concentrated form that must be diluted with water. If you’re familiar with the water dilution process for the type of solvent you need, buying in concentrated form allows you to use the highest percentage of water, while maintaining the efficacy of the solvent for the application.

  1. Purchase As-Needed or in Bulk

The volume in which you order a custom aqueous solvent also impacts price. For large-scale solvent users, buying in bulk is commonly the best option, as it typically offers a lower price per volume than a standard purchase. For small-scale users, purchasing solvent on an as-needed basis is often the best option. It allows them to use only as much solvent as required and prevents over investing.

  1. Recycle the Solvent if Possible

Whether you can recycle your solvent depends on its formulation and how you use the solution. For example, using a vapor degreasing solvent in a closed parts washer can facilitate solvent recycling, as long as the washer has the technology required for the job. If you can recycle your solvent, it could become a big cost saver in the long run.

Get Custom Aqueous Solvents Here

Ecolink is a seasoned supplier of eco friendly cleaners available in stock and custom formulations. We have years of experience creating unique solvents for the unique needs of specific users. We offer eco friendly, custom aqueous solvents that are ready to use or come in concentrated form, provide a variety of supply volume options, and supply free test samples of solvents on request.

To get started on creating a custom aqueous solvent, please call us today at 800-563-1305, or send us an email through our contact form. We look forward to supplying a custom solution at a competitive price you can afford!

4 Potential Benefits of Water Based Cleaners

Industrial cleaning agents can be separated into two large groups: Agents that have a solvent base and agents that have a water base — also generally referred to as an “aqueous base”.

Like a solvent base, a water base is used to make industrial cleaner ingredients miscible, creating a solution that has the perfect suspension of active ingredients. If you’re trying to decide whether to use a solvent based cleaner or a cleaner that has a water base, check out the following four benefits of water based cleaners, and compare them to the potential benefits of using solvent based cleaners.

  1. Cost Savings

Water is a perfect example of a substance that is inexpensive because it’s so plentiful. The low cost of water often means that water based cleaners are less expensive that solvent based solutions, although manufacturers ultimately determine prices based on the sales and marketing plan.

With that said, even the most cost effective solvents have a higher price than water that’s taken from the tap, and then purified. If you have a conservative cleaner budget, using a water based cleaner may be the best option, especially considering the cost of long-term use.

  1. Fewer Harmful Ingredients

Like solvent based cleaners, water based cleaners can contain harmful ingredients. However, the base ingredient, water, has no toxic properties and is essential for human life.

Because an aqueous base isn’t a guarantee that a cleaner’s blended chemicals are harmless, choose your solution carefully. For the sake of human safety and the environment, target a solutions that is “environmentally safe” or “environmentally preferred”.

  1. High Flashpoint

Cleaning solutions that are highly diluted with water tend to have a high flashpoint, which means they ignite in the presence of high temperatures instead of low-level heat. In some cases, water based solvents have no flashpoint and are considered non-flammable. Regardless of the work environment in which you use the product, a cleaner with a high flashpoint is considered a valuable safety feature.

  1. Less Regulatory Concern

If the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates a water based cleaner, it’s because the solution contains chemical(s) that are hazardous to human health and/or the environment. Unless all of its chemical constituents are highly safe, there’s no guarantee the EPA won’t phase out the chemicals. However, water based cleaners are never regulated due to their aqueous base.

About Ecolink

Ecolink specializes in providing industrial cleaning solutions to companies and organizations across the U.S. We manufacture a wide array of stock solutions and create custom solutions for the unique needs of a particular user.

Whether stock or custom is the right option, we’ll send you a free sample that lets you test the cleaner before you place an order, so you can buy with confidence. If for some reason you aren’t satisfied with the results, there’s no obligation to buy.

For more information about our water based cleaners, please call us today at 800-563-1305, or send us an email through our contact form. We look forward to answering your questions!



Using Aqueous Parts Washer Fluids for Sustainable Chemical Management

As the green movement proliferates, “sustainability” becomes an increasingly important concept among environmentalists — a concept that has a trickle down effect, and is now a significant concern among industrialists worldwide. After all, their companies often have the power to make or break nearby ecosystems based on the type of chemical solvents their facilities use, how they use them, and the method of solvent disposal.

That’s why we’re spotlighting the discipline of sustainable chemical management in terms of using aqueous parts washer fluids, which largely focuses on sustaining chemicals for reuse. Having a professional chemical recycler recycle cleaning solvents is an environmentally prefered option, but on-site preparation of chemicals for reuse is the optimal choice for two reasons: It can reduce the frequency of solvent purchases, and it helps mitigate waste disposal expense by sending less liquid into the waste trap.

How Parts Washing Systems Help

An industrial chemical user could purchase chemical recycling equipment that professional chemical recyclers use, but such a move wouldn’t be cost effective, unless one the user’s core practices is industrial chemical recycling. However, while formally recycling chemicals may not be a part of the business equation, cleaning parts using parts washing systems often is — and some parts washing systems are designed to recycle solvents.

Apart from seeing them operate firsthand, one of the best ways to understand the design of parts washers that support aqueous parts washer fluids is to give a description of how the parts washing cycle works. In most cases, parts washing systems that facilitate chemical recycling include the following eight steps in one wash cycle.

  1. Soiled parts are placed on a rack inside the washer.
  2. Solvent is placed in a basin below the rack.
  3. A heating coil in the basin vaporizes the solvent.
  4. Vaporized solvent rises to clean soiled parts.
  5. During cleaning, airtight seals maintain vapor pressure.
  6. A vacuum pulls the used solvent into a cooling zone.
  7. The solvent condenses and collects in a holding unit.
  8. Clean solvent transfers to the solvent basin below the rack.

If promoting sustainable chemical management with a parts washing system sounds simple and hassle-free, that’s because it generally is. The most difficult part is choosing the right parts washing system and selecting solvents whose boiling points easily support the system’s solvent recycling function. If you need assistance evaluating makes and models of parts washing systems, or you need help selecting solvents, the solvent specialists at Ecolink can help.

Contact Us Today

As time goes on, sustainable chemical management using aqueous parts washer fluids will grow in scope and importance. To get started on supporting the discipline by using a parts washer that recycles solvents, give us a call today at (800) 563-1305, or use the contact form on our website.

Ecolink has a rich history of formulating stock solvents and custom solvents that are environmentally preferred and environmentally safe, come in a variety forms, and can be used to remove numerous tough substances that non-industrial solvents can’t touch. We look forward to helping you support sustainable chemical management with aqueous parts washer fluids.




5 Benefits of Using an Aqueous Parts Washer Solution

If you use a solvent-based parts washer solution that you need to phase out for safety reasons, or you need to stop using it because the solution no longer fits your evolving cleaning needs, switching to an aqueous parts washer solution should be considered before you opt for another solvent-based cleaner. Below are five important benefits that using an aqueous parts washer solution commonly delivers when compared to a solvent-based parts washing solution.

  1. Low VOC Content

Because an aqueous parts washer solution is water-based instead of solvent-based, it typically contains the lowest amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) between the two types of formulations. Because VOCs can be harmful to humans and the environment, the benefit of low VOC content alone is reason enough to choose an aqueous-based parts washer cleaner.

  1. No Powerful Odors

Because aqueous parts cleaning solutions typically have low VOC content, they tend to be low-odor solutions that don’t cause acute ailments that are related to VOC exposure, such as watery eyes, respiratory distress, and upset stomach. Moreover, in terms of odor, an aqueous parts washer solution makes it easy to work in the area where the cleaner is applied.

  1. Reduced Air Pollution

As a class, aqueous-based cleaners have low VOC content, as well as low hazardous air pollutant (HAP) content, both of which make the cleaners a good choice for reducing air pollution. If your company or organization is located in a low emission zone (LEZ), using an aqueous parts washer solution can help it remain under the tight emission cap requirements.

  1. Easier to Automate

Because solvent is generally more reactive and volatile than water, an aqueous parts washer solution is typically easier to “drop-in” as a replacement for the previous cleaner. This is why we, in the industrial chemical industry, frequently say that aqueous cleaners are easier to “automate” than cleaners that have a solvent base. The easier a solution is to automate, the less productivity is affected during the changeover of cleaners.

  1. Considered “Greener” Than Solvent

Aqueous parts washer solutions are widely considered greener (i.e., in terms of the green movement) than solvent parts washer solutions. The main reasons why are mentioned above: aqueous cleaners usually have low VOC content and low HAP content by volume compared to solvent cleaners.

With that said, it’s still possible to acquire solvent-based cleaners that are environmentally preferred. However, as a class of cleaners, aqueous cleaners tend to be the most environmentally preferred, with some of the solutions even considered environmentally safe.

Contact Ecolink Today

Is an aqueous parts washer solution right for your cleaning requirements? If so, you have at least five good reasons to use an aqueous cleaner. To determine whether aqueous solutions are compatible with your parts washer — and, if so, which solution would work best — call us today at (800) 563-1305, or use the contact form on our website. We look forward to helping your company or organization select the best solutions for its business-critical cleaning needs.