FYI to start- I'm not a chemist by training, so assume I'm missing some basic knowledge of the field.
I've been trying to do some electrodeposition with an iridium tetrachloride-based solution, and my success at doing so is random at best. In talking to a chemist, they suggested that I buy new glassware and perform nitric acid or sulfuric acid cleaning on all of my glassware; according to them, my cleaning the glassware with regular dish soap (I've been using Dawn) has most likely coated everything in surfactants and those are releasing micelles of surfactant into all of my solutions.
I believe what this person is telling me, as I can read about surfactants forming micelles. However, in a search of both academic (e.g. Scopus) and non-academic sources (read: Google), I can't find any detailed information on this issue, or its prevention, in lab settings; I also can't find details about how these surfactant micelles actually affect a process like electrodeposition. I seem to only be able to find random informal glassware cleaning SOPs from different labs, but no good reading on surfactant contamination in electrochemistry experiments.
Am I searching the wrong keywords? Is this too broad a question? Is this just common knowledge among chemists because of their knowledge base?