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Sterilizing Stone?

Discussion in 'Cage Furniture - Accessories' started by jweiner, Dec 25, 2013.

  1. jweiner

    jweiner Elite Member

    I bought a couple small pieces of slate to use in my Leo enclosure. What is the best way to sterilize this?
     
  2. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Just a good scrubbing will do just fine. If you want to get serious about it you can use a 1-10 bleach water solution.
     
  3. Thalatte

    Thalatte Elite Member

    I scrub them with vinegar and then rinse with boiling water.
     
  4. preyparade

    preyparade Well-Known Member

    I put my stone in the oven and bake them for about 45 minutes.
     
  5. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Putting stone in the oven poses a serious risk. If there are air cavities in the stone it can explode.
     
  6. Dragoness

    Dragoness Elite Member

    I scrub with a bleach solution, then rinse with freshly boiled water. Allow to cool before use.
     
  7. TJOHNSON722

    TJOHNSON722 Elite Member

    I use a bleach solution also for disinfecting also.
     
  8. kriminaal

    kriminaal HH Block Leader Staff Member Premium Member

    No need to sterilize slate. I don't know what peoples obsession is with sterilizing everything.
    Instead, spend the time educating yourself about what could possibly be on there that would harm your reptile.

    There is a difference between taking something in from outside and using something that was previously used in another reptile tank with a different species however. The latter I would sterilize. From outside, a visualize inspection of insect nests or pressure wash all the nooks and crannies is all you need. IMO.
     
  9. Thalatte

    Thalatte Elite Member

    I sterilize the rocks because I live in a farming city so everything is covered in fertilizer and insecticide. Then if I get anything from out in the desert- well those areas are either mining or bombing/weapon testing grounds so there is a good chance that has chemicals on it as well.
     
  10. kriminaal

    kriminaal HH Block Leader Staff Member Premium Member

    Good points for sure I guess different locales can sure make a difference in how to treat them.
    I hate bleach though, it's much worse than anything that could be found on them. Diluted vinegar is a safer solution in my opinion.
    Bleach although very common, is very nasty stuff.
     
  11. Thalatte

    Thalatte Elite Member

    Yeah I refuse to use bleach as well. For every day cleaning and sterilizing I will use vinegar. If it needs something more powerful-maybe theres an illness or for cleaning all quarnatine- tanks I will use F10 disinfectant.
     
  12. DwarvenChef

    DwarvenChef Elite Member

    I'm a boiler, but than I have enough pots and pans to fit just about anything I would want to pick up from outside. Knowing what may have contaminated the given piece is key. If in doubt, don't use it.
     
  13. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    I guess my sterilization with bleach goes back to my tropical fish keeping days. I sterilized everything. But then most of what I was collecting came from waterways.
     
  14. kriminaal

    kriminaal HH Block Leader Staff Member Premium Member

    Probably why don't bother is I only get my stuff from the woods, where it has not come in contact with anything harsh other than coyote pee.
     
  15. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    LOL! The dreaded yellow snow!
     

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