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ImNewToBrew 04-18-2011 12:24 PM

Sanitizer in Spray Bottle
 
If I wanted to add some sanitizing mixture (water+Iodophor) into a spray bottle and leave it there, how long would it be effective? I'm a newbie and I'm wondering if I could just have this around for times I need to sanitizing a thief or other piece of equipment.

ChuckO 04-18-2011 12:55 PM

Iodophor looses it's effectiveness as the iodine dissipates in a few hours. I keep a spray bottle of Starsan for that purpose, it keeps for months.

BrewThruYou 04-18-2011 01:14 PM

Yep...spray bottle of starsan.

I use a "Professional" Sprayer bottle from Lowe's (replaced my crap dollar store sprayer). I take a gallon of distilled and use a children's medicine dropper from CVS ($2.99). I suck up 6ml of starsan and shoot it into the gallon. My dropper goes from 1ml to 10ml in 1ml increments and it fits perfectly in the dispensing side of the starsan bottle. I use that gal jug to fill up my sprayer bottle.

ImNewToBrew 04-18-2011 08:54 PM

Thanks All.

mcwilcr 04-18-2011 08:58 PM

I use a spray bottle with starsan also and absolutely love it! I usually throw it out after about a month or so but realistically, how long can I actually keep it in the bottle for without it going bad?

Revvy 04-18-2011 09:00 PM

Actually if it's in a sealed spray bottle and you use RO/distilled water, you can get a couple weeks with iodophor before it turns clear and loses it's effectiveness. I've kept both starsan and iodophor on hand that way, and in a sealed container a small amount of iodophor will last longer than most of the previous posters have conjectured.

wedge421 04-18-2011 09:21 PM

Yep the key to keeping Starsan effective in a spray bottle is to make sure to use DI water. With that you can get a few months out of a bottle.

ImNewToBrew 04-19-2011 03:17 PM

Thanks for the help. One last questions:

1) How do you ensure you get the entire surface of the item covered? Do you just spray it on or do you sanitize your hands and rub the solution along the item?

Revvy 04-19-2011 03:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ImNewToBrew (Post 2850690)
Thanks for the help. One last questions:

1) How do you ensure you get the entire surface of the item covered? Do you just spray it on or do you sanitize your hands and rub the solution along the item?

Spray and let it drip.....

ImNewToBrew 04-19-2011 03:26 PM

Thanks for the quick reply.


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