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Automated Labware 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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Alconox Liquinox

Differences between Alconox and Liquinox

Q. Currently using Alconox, but are considering a switch to liquinox. We have seen less residuals with Liquinox, which is desireable. What are the recommendations and concerns with switching from Alconox to Liquinox? What are the difference in ingredients between the two?
A. Alconox and Liquinox are functionally equivalent cleaners, but are not chemically identical. Click to learn more and access the Liquinox and Alconox msds.

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Detergents for Laboratory Glassware Washer

Q. What detergents and recommended dosing should I use in my labware washer? A. For use in a typical small, under counter laboratory glassware washer…

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Cleaning Glass Between Salt Tests

Q. What do you recommend for cleaning glass equipment between salt tests? We are removing inorganic salt residue. A. There are many kinds of salt tests, such as corrosion, resistance, conductivity or solubility. When removing inorganic salt residue from a glass substrate, such as sodium chloride, calcium chloride, calcium carbonate or magnesium carbonate, we recommend…

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Removing PFOS and PFOA from Lab Glassware

Q. We need to remove perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctyl sulfonate (PFOS) from laboratory glassware and stainless steel. Since they are inorganic residues, we’re using acidic cleaners, but are not finding them as effective as we expected. Any recommendations?
A. PFOS and PFOA are polar, anionic surfactants. They will best be cleaned by a high-emulsifying, anionic-surfactant-containing cleaner that can make mixed micelles to efficiently remove these residues from surfaces….

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Making detergent solution (1%) by weight or volume

Making detergent solution (1%) of powdered detergent such as Alconox or Tergazyme, you can make your solutions by weight or by volume.

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Choosing Temperature for Ultrasonic Parts Cleaning

Q. How to determine appropriate temperature to clean parts with ultrasonic cleaner?

A. In general, every 10 deg C you go up in temperature doubles the cleaning speed. The faster you want to clean the hotter you should get.

There is a theoretical optimal ultrasonic cavitation temperature at around 70 deg C depending on the exact concentration of detergent. Even though in theory cavitation…

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Removing Protein from Cell Culture Containers

Q: What do you recommend for removing protein from cell culture containers?
A. To clean cell culture containers and remove protein, use a freshly made solution of our enzymatic detergent….

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Cleaning Iron Residue in Lab Glassware (Fe+2 and Fe+3)

Q. Please provide advice on cleaning iron residues, Fe+2 and Fe+3, in lab glassware. We need to clean down to sub ppm levels.

A. The best iron salt removing detergent for manual cleaning of lab glassware is Citranox®. Citranox is a mild acid, high chelating detergent for high performance removal of…

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Guidelines for Triple Rinsing

Q. is there any industry guidance on triple rinsing…any literature that you know of that this is the accepted standard for manual cleaning that you could provide me?
A. To our knowledge, there are no authoritative source documents to define how many times you should rinse glassware. The logic behind a triple rinse is that, in filling and emptying a vessel three times with water, each time you are diluting by 2 orders of magnitude. In theory . . .

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