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Can darts be sterilized in an autoclave?

Asked by HungryGuy (16008points) December 13th, 2009

Can darts be sterilized in an autoclave?

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Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I think they would get sterilized yes but I wouldn’t put darts that have any other parts but metal into an autoclave (also you’ve got kinky and pleasure in your topics next to darts and autoclave…now there’s an interesting combination)

dpworkin's avatar

I’m dying to ask why you’d want to, but maybe I should just wait and see what develops.

SirGoofy's avatar

Nothing better than good, clean darts!

CyanoticWasp's avatar

I don’t see why not. I’m sure that your hand could be sterilized in an autoclave, too. It would never be used as a hand again, but… you could do it.

downtide's avatar

I don’t see why not. I’d detach the flights first though, they would probably melt.

downtide's avatar

@pdworkin I think the use of the tag “kinky” gives a clue as to why one might need to sterilise darts… O.o

dpworkin's avatar

he throws darts at furries?

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

Sure you can, but take off the flights first (the feather or plastic fins). Disassemble everything that you can and run the metal parts through the standard cycle. I hope you don’t intend throwing these at anyone. you can do serious damage a la flechette rounds in a grenade launcher. I’ve fired one and seen what it does first-hand.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

By including pleasure and kinky in the description, I’m beginning to wonder if “darts” is a code word.

fireinthepriory's avatar

You can sterilize anything that won’t melt in an autoclave. It’d be just as easy to put them in your oven and bake them to sterilize them though. Go to like 300ºF (autoclaves usually only get up to 120 or 130ºF anyway) and leave em in there for an hour or so. (I have to bake a lot of my tools because the autoclave doesn’t get hot enough to destroy RNases.) After you bake ‘em you’ll be good to go, and you don’t have to creepily sneak darts into the autoclave at work.

Almost as creepy as the tags on this question, haha. I kind of hope darts is a code word, @jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities… and if it’s not? Remember to have band-aids on hand, @HungryGuy.

syz's avatar

@fireinthepriory But autoclaves use a combination of pressure and heat – is an oven as effective?

HungryGuy's avatar

@downtide I leave the speculations to your imagination :) But I’m surprised the mods let my “topics” stand. The last question I asked, the mods made me delete and change my “topics,” which changed the whole meaning of my question :(

dpworkin's avatar

(i think it might be because it is Fluther convention for the title of the post to convey the meaning of the question, not the topics. The topics are for steering the question to the right answerers)

fireinthepriory's avatar

@syz It can be more or less effective depending on the temp and how long you bake it for. The combination of heat and pressure in an autoclave makes it sterilize things faster and at a lower temp than baking them would, which is useful if you’re sterilizing a lot of things and want to do it fast and effectively. Baking something at maybe 300ºF for two hours should make something just as sterile as autoclaving it. (When I said I have to bake my tools, I meant bake! They need to be baked at 460ºF for eight hours to be RNAse free – autoclaving them won’t come close to destroying the RNases.)

syz's avatar

@fireinthepriory Cool, thanks. I thought I remembered that pressure reduced the time required at a certain temp., but it’s been a while.

fireinthepriory's avatar

@syz No prob! I look forward to completely forgetting all the strange things I have in my brain to make room for more exciting/useful knowledge. :) Especially if it includes petting tigers OH MAN SO CUTE!!!

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