Cleaning and Sterilizing Incubators

Dr Engelbert Buxbaum via (by engelbert_buxbaum from
Thu Nov 15 09:15:01 EST 2007

Am 13.11.2007, 21:37 Uhr, schrieb Tim Eggleston <timegg113 from>:

> I am looking for some new ideas with regards to cleaning cell culture
> incubators.  I have used rocal followed by a thorough wash with 70%
> ethanol in the past, but the lab I am currently working in does not
> use rocal.  Will a washing with a regular non-caustic cleaner followed
> by a wash with 70% ethanol be good enough to rid the incubator of
> fungal and bacterial contaminations?  Thanks!

For regular maintenance 70% EtOH should do just fine. If you get frequent  
infections, or if the equipment was not in use for a long time I'd give it  
a thorough wash with Virkon-S ( That  
stuff kills bugs without killing equipment or humans, and the smell isn't  
too bad either.

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