Saturday, January 05, 2008

Lugol's solution retailer recommends shaking it immediately before use

Alpha Omega Labs' web-page on Lugol's solution
indicates that it should be shaken well before using, which I gather is a precaution taken to put any iodine which has come out of solution back into solution, at least temporarily. I haven't seen such an instruction before, at least made so emphatically. I would suggest transferring some to a Target-brand eyedrop-bottle to eliminate the risk of breaking your bottle of Lugol's solution while shaking it. Just be certain to cover the original label so that nobody puts LS in one of their eyes before realizing what's in the bottle. It's unlikely that anyone would make this mistake, because the nozzle will become discolored by the LS, but better safe than sorry.