A new method has been developed to purify and detritylate milligram amounts of synthetic oligonucleotides. Dimethoxytrityl oligonucleotides from 15 to 100 nucleotides in length are applied in triethylammonium acetate or concentrated ammonium hydroxide to a disposable chromatographic cartridge, the NENSORB PREP Nucleic Acid Purification Cartridge. Salts, failure sequences and synthetic by-products are washed away while the desired, full-length, dimethoxytrityl oligonucleotide remains bound to the cartridge. The trityl group is hydrolyzed from the 5'-end of the oligonucleotide with an acid wash and then the purified oligonucleotide is eluted with 35% methanol. Oligonucleotides are recovered salt-free with purities greater than 95%. NENSORB PREP-purified primers provide superior sequence data compared to similar primers used without purification and equivalent data to primers purified by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis when used in manual radiometric Sanger sequencing.