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Offlinetaters
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test tube crud removal
    #3945863 - 03/20/05 09:09 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

A friend gave me a number of test tubes that would be perfect for storing cultures as slants or water suspensions. The problem is these tubes were intended for blood samples and they have some sort of preservative or something in the bottom of them. It has the look and texture of vaseline. I have tried every way I can think of to clean these tubes but I cannot get the stuff out of them. Do any of you know of a solvent that might dissolve this stuff? I have tried alcohol, finger nail polish remover and different soaps. No luck. It would be a shame to not be able to use these tubes.


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Re: test tube crud removal [Re: taters]
    #3945868 - 03/20/05 09:10 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Try boiling them in water.


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Re: test tube crud removal [Re: agar]
    #3945886 - 03/20/05 09:13 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

That never occurred to me. :crazy: It's worth a try.


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Re: test tube crud removal [Re: taters]
    #3947066 - 03/21/05 02:18 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

The chemicals you mentioned are (Oil Solvents), you need (Water Solvents)...

Soap, Lime, Vinegar, Water and Heat... etc...


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Re: test tube crud removal [Re: LaughingJim]
    #3947712 - 03/21/05 07:50 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Just out of curiosity... were those "Grey Top Vaccutainers"?


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Re: test tube crud removal [Re: LaughingJim]
    #3947742 - 03/21/05 08:40 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Their probably tiger top tubes, also called serum seperators. For....seperating serum....amazing huh. I'd get red top tubes no addittives at all. That shit is sticky as fuck and will be a bitch to get out.


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