About microscopic forms of life, including Bacteria, Archea, protozoans, algae and fungi. Topics relating to viruses, viroids and prions also belong here.
Sepals wrote:Ethanol would be far more safer and easier and would be just as effective.mkwaje wrote:For blood serum, they usually use filtration or an inspissator. For books and shoes, use of radiation is probably the best.
Nope... Ehtanol is a disinfectant, not a sterilizing agent. A lot of mold spores and bacterial spores can survive ethanol treatment. Ethanol is not even the best alcohol disinfectant, isopropyl is even better but it will in no way sterilize shoes! And I really hate to think what would happen to a book if you use ethanol or on blood serum!!! Your going to wipe the book cover and the pages with alcohol and you won't have anything to read afterwards. At least radiation have some penetrating power and can probably sterilize those stuff without much affecting its functional properties.[/b]
Canalon wrote:Nope ethanol is not a real good disinfectant, even at 70% (best concentration), it tends to evaporate too fast.
I agree with Canalon, 70% is the best concentration. Too small and the alcohol properties won't affect cells too much. Too high, and it would evaporate too fast resulting to very little contact time with the organisms. But of course, if you apply 70% alcohol in your hands, don't be fooled if you think your hands are 100% microbe free!
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