Max asked in Science & MathematicsBiology · 7 months ago

sterilize an object by boiling water?

I if have a cup and I put in boiling water does that mean it is sterilized once I take out of the boiling water?

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  • 7 months ago
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    In most labs, this is a widely used method which is done in autoclaves.. Autoclaves use steam heated to 121–134 °C under pressure. This is a very effective method that kills/deactivates all microbes, bacterial spores and viruses.

    This is not an instant process. For prion elimination, various recommendations state 121–132 °C (250–270 °F) for 60 minutes or 134 °C (273 °F) for at least 18 minutes.

  • Athena
    Lv 7
    7 months ago

    Not necessarily as some organisms can survive simple boiling.

  • 7 months ago

    for all practical purposes, yes, if you leave it in the boiling water for 10 minutes.

  • 7 months ago

    It will kill some bacteria. I'd recommend putting some antibacterial gel in as well.

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  • Mark
    Lv 7
    7 months ago

    Not necessarily. Often times, one needs to raise the boiling point with a device like a pressure cooker or an autoclave to "sterilize" something.

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