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I'm using Alconox powder detergent to clean my laboratory glassware, the powder is a pain to store near the sink and to use. Would like to make a concentrated liquid to use in its stead.

I have tried a few things, obviously just water and mixing, even up to overnight. It really doesn't go into solution very well, even at seemingly low concentrations. Ive got it up to about 20% w/v but I've tried heat, glycerin, adjusting pH to ~8.8, adding EDTA. I have not added these things in any scientific way, just kind of pouring glycerol or EDTA in.

Wondering if anyone in here has experience with detergents like this , or has done something like this before. Thanks in advance!

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for usual cleaning a regular liquid detergent should be sufficient. I subsequently wash it thoroughly with milliQ water. Unless you are doing some sensitive experiments such as mass spectrometry, the minute amounts of residual detergent should not be a problem. For what purpose do you use Alconox ? – WYSIWYG Apr 22 '14 at 5:03
Obsessive compulsive disorder mostly. I like having clean glassware. I pulled up msds on alconox and liquinox. They are very different chemicals. Would have been nice to be able to make a viscous concentrated liquinox out of all the powder alconox we have though. – rhill45 Apr 22 '14 at 5:08
Have you considered bleach to clean things, and then a general purpose liquid detergent to help carry away the residue if any remains? A nice bleach soak will destroy everything biological. – Resonating Sep 23 '14 at 10:40

In our labs we just use something like palmolive or bleach followed by a 95% EtOH rinse and finally rinsing with DI water.

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