Biohazard skate cleaning question
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08-31-2009, 10:13 PM
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99.99% of bacteria are harmless. Its the ones that aren't in there that are the concern.
Rubbing alcohol is nice, but for cleaning up an actual biohazard, it isn't enough. Large amounts of mouse pee, and whatever other bodily fluids might be in there won't be dealt with using rubbing alcohol.
For cleaning your hands, and the type of things most people touch on a day to day basis - they are fine. This isn't you leaving an office where someone might have sneezed on the door handle.
This is something different. You can use disinfectant sprays and all that, but bleach is the best thing. And then autoclaving.
The pee is not actually a biohazard at all. Urine from mammals is sterile, unless there's a urinary infection or a kidney infection, both unlikely. It will stink to high heaven and if you bring them into the dressing room teammates will kill you, but it won't make you sick.
The poop is the real concern, since that's made up of bacteria and bile. That's what it is. Dead bacteria, live bacteria, bile, and undigestable food.
Fungi are another concern if the skates have been damp for a while, but the soap should take care of that.
By the way, do you know what doctors use to sanitize surgical instruments when an autoclave isn't available? Alcohol. If you're afraid rubbing alcohol isn't strong enough (it's around 40% by volume, similar to vodka in strength but a different type of alcohol), buy yourself a bottle of Bacardi 151 and use that. And bring the rest for a pregame drink with your new teammates wherever you moved.
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