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How to Clean Labware: Removing Algae

Q. We are a large energy company working with algae.  It is proving tough to remove from glass and labware. We are using Liquinox detergent currently, which is good.  Anything better? Eventually we would like to move to cleaning these in our washer.

A. Algae, and the viscous oils that you are working with, require not just powerful emulsifiers….

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Cleaning Cannabis and Botanical Residue in the Laboratory

Q: We are working with cannabis resin in our lab and the residue is very tough to remove.  We are currently using isopropyl alcohol and it is just not good enough.  Any advice?

A: It is no secret that waxy, sticky cannabis and other botanical resins are some of the most difficult residues to clean.  But of course, keeping your labware, glassware and other laboratory equipment clean is vital. 

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How to Clean Labware: Don’t Use Grocery Store Detergents

Q. We use grocery store detergents to clean our labware and it recently came to my attention that we may need to switch to a laboratory grade detergent such as Alconox or Liquinox. Why is that necessary?

A. Here are some insights as to why a grocery store detergent is not suitable for use in a lab…

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Lab Glassware Cleaning: Liquid or Powder Detergent in Washer?

We have purchased one of your liquid low foaming detergents (the dishwasher dealer recommended liquid detergent) and have been using it straight out of the bottle into our dishwasher cup. Do we dilute the detergent before putting in the dishwasher dosing cup?  Is liquid or powder better? Read on….

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Cleaning Botanical Residue in Manufacturing

Q: We are manufacturing cannabis products, legally, in California, but are struggling with cleaning cannabis residue. We cannot find any current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) documentation to help us. Can you help us?

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Cleaning Pipettes in the Laboratory

Q. What are some best practices for lab cleaning of pipettes. We’re having trouble in our lab removing dried on residues.
A. The principal concern for any scientist or technician working in the laboratory is that glassware, like pipettes, be free of interfering residues after they are cleaned. Unseen residues can wreak havoc on analytical results by inhibiting culture growth, causing cross contamination, non-reproducible results and more.   

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Reducing Foam in Ultrasonic Cleaning

How do we go about reducing foam suds in our 1% Liquinox ultrasonic bath? We have 3 ultrasonic tanks in our series process. Bath 1 has the 1% solution. Bath 2 and 3 are a rinsing cascade system with RO water only. The foam is building up in tank 1 and then transfers to tank 2.

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Bleach with Detergents for Disinfection?

Adding bleach to Alconox and Liquinox detergents can be done to enhance the disinfecting and oxidizing properties of these cleaners. Adding oxidizing does bring one more cleaning mechanism to the cleaning process which can be helpful if you are trying to clean dyes, pigments, heavy burned on organic residues and other residues that are labile to oxidation. You can get some disinfection, but as we will explain, you need to clean a surface first before you disinfect.

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Laboratory Cleaning: Best Practices Using a Household Dishwasher

Q. Our lab just has a regular household dishwasher that we use to clean labware. I heard this is not ideal, but it’s what we have. We’re using Alcojet detergent, but the instructions say to turn it into a liquid by diluting….

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How to Clean Labware: Automated Washer Detergent

Q. Liquinox foams too much to use in the labware washer. We test for phosphate, so we need a phosphate free detergent. We need a cleaner that will clean off any testing residual on glass and plastic without leaving any interference.
A. Detergent choice for cleaning labware in an automated laboratory washer depends upon whether you use powered or liquid detergent. Click for details. For powdered detergent, use Tergajet phosphate-free low foaming powdered detergent, catalog number 2204 for the 4 lb box size. For a liquid detergent, use Solujet phosphate free low foaming liquid detergent, catalog number 2101 for the 1 gallon size.

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