Looking for some help. I’m doing liquid-liquid extractions with natural water samples, using dichloromethane as my solvent, and am having some problems with emulsions. I have tried the “salting out” technique, using 10% NaCL, or even as high as 20%, but this has not helped. In fact, it seems to have made things worse, especially for one of the water types, if that’s possible. One of the waters is from a freshwater creek in Pennsylvania, and the other one is from a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. I have not done any measurements, but I suspect the one from Maryland may have some minor component of salinity to it, just because of its proximity to the bay and the influence of tidal fluctuations. This is the one that the salting out appears to be making worse. Could adding the salt be causing more harm than good? Does anybody have any suggestions for when salting out just doesn’t work?