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Old 05-16-2005, 11:43 AM   #1
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How do ya'll clean test tubes?

After testing my H2O, I rinse my tubes in tap water, then add a few drops of RO H2O and rinse again. I read about cleaning them in a dishwasher cycle without the soap? or even boiling the tubes... what do you all do?
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Old 05-16-2005, 12:37 PM   #2
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Rinsing them with a vinegar/water solution would be ideal. That will break down the gunk on them and not hurt the fishies if any gets left behind.
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I buy new ones, they are cheap at my LFS.
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Just like I do in the lab...hot water, tube-brush, Nochromix...cleaner than clean.
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I must be somewhat savage, I rinse them out in tap water then in RO and call it good. I store them upside down and I haven't had any build up yet.
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I buy new ones, they are cheap at my LFS.
Well aren't you just Mr. Lucky

My LFS for some reason refuses to buy bulk tubes. I ask her every week and she never does
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Old 05-17-2005, 09:38 AM   #7
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I just rinse them well. And from time to time hit them with one of those small brushes used for cleaning filter intakes and such.
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