How to Clean Copper Sulfate

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Copper sulfate is a commercially manufactured salt, that is made by mixing acid with copper oxide. Powdered or crystallized copper sulfate is commonly used in fish tanks, to help neutralize and maintain the pH level in water. Copper sulfate can also be combined with a gelling agent, allowing it to be used in different art projects, such as stains for coloring copper. If you spill copper sulfate powder and crystals, the mess ca easily be cleaned with water. Copper sulfate combined with a gelling agent is much more difficult to clean and remove if spilled.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft cloth
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Isopropyl alcohol

Powdered or Crystal Copper Sulfate

Dampen a soft cloth under warm water.

Wipe away the copper sulfate. As the water comes in contact with the sulfate, the copper sulfate begins to dissolve. Continue until it is completely dissolved.

Rinse the dampened cloth under cool running water. If desired, an all-purpose spray or soapy dish water can be used to ensure to clean the area and ensure no residue is left behind.

Copper Sulfate Mixed With a Gelling Agent

Combine equal parts hot water with isopropyl vinegar.

Dip a soft cloth in the water mixture. Lay the cloth over the area that contains the gelled copper sulfate for five minutes. The heat and alcohol will both cause the gel to break down.

Wipe away any weakened gel with the cloth. Rinse the cloth and repeat the process until all of the gel has been weakened and can be wiped away.

Fill a sink with warm water and a squirt of liquid dish soap. Dip a soft cloth in the soapy water. Wipe down the surface or item that had the copper sulfate. This will remove all left-over gel and residue.

Rinse the soft cloth under cool running water. Wipe down the item or surface to remove soap residue. Allow it to air dry.

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