Protocol for washing the plating beads used for bacterial distribution
Place used beads in a large beaker (depending on amount of beads) and soak for 30 minutes in dishwashing soap and hot water, stirring occasionally.
Rinse beads after 30 minutes in a sieve (or strainer) with cold water.
Dry beaker, then take beads from sieve and place in the beaker with 95% EtOH. Soak 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Place in sieve for 5 minutes.
Let dry by placing in a warm autoclave for 1 hour (WARNING: DO NOT RUN AUTOCLAVE)
Place dry beads in bottles or smaller beakers with a funnel, then autoclave with the caps loosened (if using beakers, just place aluminum foil over the top).