Submitted by kdorfman on Tue, 06/16/2009 - 17:50

Sterilize anything that cells might grow in.

Autoclave glassware, tips, and microfuge tubes.

Autoclave most media and salt solutions.

Do not sterilize by autoclave items containing:

  • detergents (e.g., SDS) - they can boil over

  • heat sensitive ingredients (e.g., vitamins, hormones, antibiotics, proteins)

  • sugar in growth medium (the sugars and amino acids may react together, reducing the concentration of both)


  • DTT (dithiothreitol)

  • Beta mercaptoethanol

  • corrosives (e.g. acids, bases, phenol)

  • solvents or volatiles (e.g. ethanol, methanol, chloroform, acetone, formaldehyde, formalin or glutaraldehyde)

  • chlorine (e.g., bleach)

  • anything radioactive

Filter sterilize any liquid that must be sterile, and that you cannot autoclave.