Red-Bag Waste Autoclave Procedure
It’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it. Following this three-step autoclave procedure will result in reliable sterilization of “red bag” waste. (Assuming that you aren’t running a BSL3 […]Read More
Autoclaving Big Beakers and Flasks? Use the Vacuum Function!
If you’re regularly autoclaving large Erlenmeyer flasks, graduated cylinders, or beakers—and it’s not practical to run the entire load lying horizontally—a vacuum function is vital to your consistent success. Why […]Read More
This No-Cost Lab Autoclave Procedure Significantly Improves Sterilization
We’ve spoken at length about the follies of foil, and regularly help customers kit out autoclaves precisely suited to their specific tasks. But there is one thing that any lab […]Read More
Laboratory Autoclave Procedure Warning: Do You Account for “Thermal Inertia”?
Many labs don’t heat large liquid loads long enough to assure sterilization. The standard autoclave procedure is “hold a load at 121ºC for 20 minutes to assure sterilization.” This is […]Read More
Lab Autoclave Function Primer: Intro to Air Ballast Systems
In general, autoclaving sealed flasks is a very, very bad practice. But that isn’t to say it’s impossible. If you need to sterilize sealed containers, then you need to make […]Read More
The Number One Contaminant in Your Research Lab
There can be a fine line separating good research lab practice and voodoo compulsions. (“Loosely crimping” foil around the mouths of flasks and beakers prior to sterilization is a perfect […]Read More
We Need Sustainable Labs for Sustainable Research
The global consensus on climate change has grown increasingly dire. Nonetheless, a shocking percentage of “sustainable research” is done in labs that do not operate in an environmentally sustainable manner. […]Read More
Bad Benchtop Autoclave Installations
Sometimes a bad benchtop autoclave installation is pretty straightforward: That drain valve looks pretty good—it’s taped, they’ve used a quality ball valve (which is much more reliable over the long […]Read More
Lab Autoclave Procedure Best Practices: The Futility of Foil
There are many justifications for crimping foil loosely over the mouths of containers before autoclaving. The most common—and seemingly most reasonable—is that this common autoclave procedure keeps viable spores from […]Read More
Being headquartered in the American Midwest, we’re taking the day off. To all of our U.S. customers, have a happy, restful, and well-fed Thanksgiving—and to all of our customers […]Read More
Autoclave Procedure: Four Rules for No-Mess Liquid Sterilization
As we’ve discussed before, the best autoclave procedure for running liquid loads is trickier than just loading up the autoclave and choosing the “liquid cycle.” Follow these four rules and you’ll […]Read More
Autoclave Sterilization Tips: Abandon All Foil, Ye Who Pass This Way!
We need to talk about your autoclave sterilization rituals and aluminum foil. Specifically: Do not use aluminum foil when sterilizing empty beakers and flasks! Loosely crimping foil over the mouths […]Read More