[Drosophila] cleaning glass vials - help!

Kevin Cook via dros%40net.bio.net (by kercook from indiana.edu)
Tue Nov 24 09:51:44 EST 2009

Hi Robin--

We use a high pH cleaning solution.  It's mostly Potassium hydroxide.  
Our local manufacturer is Madison Chemical and the cleaner is called 
Challenge.  There is a lot of info on their website 
(http://www.madchem.com).  A lot of companies make similar cleaners, 
because they're used extensively for "Clean In Place" (CIP) 
applications, such as cleaning dairy equipment without disassembly.  You 
shouldn't have too much trouble identifying something similar if you 
want to buy locally. With most dishwashers, I think you'll need a fairly 
long wash time to get vials clean.

Good luck,

Kevin Cook, Ph.D.               
Bloomington Drosophila Stock Center
Department of Biology           
Indiana University              
1001 E. Third St.               
Bloomington, IN  47405-7005   

kercook from indiana.edu
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